This is already an old news in Victoria, but the place that used to be Devour is now Foo Ramen Bar.
Who doesn’t love ramen? Crazy people I say. Living in small town Downton Victoria I don’t get to have proper ramen too often. Last time I had the *real* ramen was at Haneda airport couple years back, and all my ramen connoisseur friends will laugh at me if I say that’s the best ramen I had in last 10 years.
So of course when I found out Foo Ramen bar is open we naturally HAD to go check it out.
The ramen menu is extremely simple. Shio (chicken) ramen or Tonkotsu(pork) ramen.
I’m from Nagasaki, which is near Fukuoka where it’s well known for its Tonkotsu ramen. Growing up, I had more opportunities to have Tonkotsu ramen than any other kind. Tonkotsu literally means pork bone, and it’s used in the soup. But honestly it’s not my most favourite kind of ramen. I prefer something more simple and light, like Shoyu(soy sauce) or Shio(salt) ramen.
So, when we got to Foo Ramen Bar, I ordered chicken and my husband ordered pork one. One look at the bowl and it was immediately clear this is not the authentic ramen, as it had a lemon wedge in it. But that is okay, and it was expected, as Foo has always done fusion Asian street food and they do it well.
My Shio ramen looked like this.
Simple chicken noodle soup with eggs, lemon wedge, bok choy, grilled tomato, and nori. I like the lemon. Shio (salt) ramen should be simple and lemon helps to make it refreshing.
My husband said he enjoyed his Tonkotsu ramen too. We also enjoyed all the antique Japanese film and theatre posters on the wall.
Good thing about ramen is that you don’t easily get tired of it and you don’t mind having it often. Maybe not every day, but every week perhaps, if they start to have more things on the menu.
Nonetheless, we went back for the second time last week. I was in a hurry to get back home for a Skype meeting and we needed a quick dinner. Ramen it is.
This time, I ordered the Tonkotsu ramen and was pleasantly surprised. Instead of Chashu(sliced braised pork), they used pork belly, which was delicious. The soup wasn’t too rich like traditional Tonkotsu soup (reason I often avoid this kind) – it had yummy picked radishes(tasted like Takuan radishes but I could be toally wrong) that gave a little bit of sweetness. It also had tomato, bok choy, eggs and mushrooms. Delicious.
They have other non-ramen menus such as salad and rice bowls. I’m sure I will have plenty of opportunity to try them in my future visit. I plan to keep going to Foo Ramen Bar and I think you should too.