Kyouka Ramen is – dare I say it? – the best ramen in town. Located in the east end of the Beach, this is as authentic as it gets. Kenji is their head chef. A long-time apprentice at the famous Tokyo location, he has brought his skills and knowledge to Toronto. According to Kenji, his ramen is “honest, earnest, and genuine… true to Kyoukaism.” Have him pour you a bowl, and you’ll quickly agree that you’d be hard-pressed to find better ramen anywhere.
Before we get to the ramen, though, I would be remiss if I did not highlight the deliciousness of their starting line-up. Their Karaage Chicken Wings ($6) are fried to a perfect crispness, then tossed in a salty/sweet mixture of ginger, garlic, chashu sauce and mirin. I strongly recommend getting two orders of these bad boys.
There are also a number of Donburi Bowls available for $6 a piece. Try a Beef Tendon Bowl, finished with salty soy sauce; or their Ground Chicken & Chili Bowl, complete with boiled Egg. My personal favourite is the Kyouka Donburi which sees sliced pork, chicken chasu, woodear mushrooms and fish cake get tossed in soy sauce and finished with subtle green chives. This dish is full of contrasts: hot & cold, salty & sweet, chewy & crunchy. In a word, it’s perfection in a bowl.
Now on to the ramen. The philosophy at Kyouka Ramen is that their noodles should be eaten right away. Therefore dining-in is recommended. All options can come with double the toppings for a few dollars more. Oh, and be sure to try your bowl “Fire Hot” as you won’t want to miss their hot sauce.
My go-to is the Kyouka Ramen ($11). They start with 3 types of broth (kelp, chicken & pork) and add slices of pork & chicken chashu, egg, fish cake, mushrooms and bean sprouts. Finished with sesame oil, I have a hard time deviating from this bowl each time I go. That said, Kenji will often have a “ramen of the day” which is available in limited quantities on a first-come-first-served basis. Check their social media feeds for details. Veggie ramen options are also available
So next time you’re in the Beach, pop in and say hello to Kenji and his team and enjoy a bowl of the best ramen in the city.
Kyouka Ramen is closed on Tuesdays.