ramen misoya toronto

Ramen Misoya

Ramen Misoya is a popular Japanese noodle house that specializes in miso ramen. 

Already a giant hit in Japan, the massive chain has over 100 locations in Japan and 30 more locations worldwide, including one in Montreal. 

misoya ramen torontoTaking over what used to be Street Shak, this marks the first location of Misoya in Ontario. 

misoya ramen torontoThe menu here offers the usual fare of Japanese noodles and sides, but with a strong focus on one main ingredient: miso.

misoya ramen torontoConsidered a superfood in Japan, this fermented soybean mixture forms the base of Misoya's broth, adding an element of health and flavour to your usual ramen. misoya ramen torontoThe menu is divided into two types of miso soup bases: Silver Shiro and Gold Kome. 

misoya ramen torontoBoth are made with soybean, fermented rice, and soy sauce, meaning that they're both technically kome miso. The distinction here is where the miso comes from. Gold kome miso comes from Hokkaido, while the Silver variety hails from Tokyo. 

misoya ramen torontoA basic bowl of noodles of either flavour comes with pork broth, veggies and minced pork for $12, with other options featuring more ingredients. 

misoya ramen torontoSilver miso is considered the lighter flavour of the two, and is slightly sweeter. You can get your bowl in several varieties, like spicy ($13.50) or with three slices of chashu for $16.50. 

misoya ramen torontoRegardless of which option you get, your bowl of shiro ramen will come with some tasty fried tofu, unlike the Gold miso, which arrives fried potatoes. 

misoya ramen torontoGold miso is supposed to have a more intense flavour, though ultimately I think it comes down to tastebuds. The broth is definitely darker, with a slight hint of more spices (though not spicy at all). 

misoya ramen torontoVarieties are the same, with ramen bowls of chashu ($16.50), karaage ($16.50) or ebi fried shrimp ($13.50) also available. The fried potatoes are an uncommon additive to the meal, and don't taste half bad. 

Future expansions of the menu will include more types of broth, like spicy miso, but in the meantime Gold and Silver miso remain the most popular orders at all of Misoya's locations. 

misoya ramen torontoOverall, both options are really flavourful in their own way and the texture of the noodles is impressive, maintaining some good bite even after sitting in broth for a while.

misoya ramen torontoSides dishes include your standard fare of chicken karaage with a side of miso mayonnaise (six pieces for $9, or $4.50 for three pieces). 

misoya ramen torontoThe chicken pieces are sizeable and juicy, with a decent amount of crispiness on the skin. 

misoya ramen torontoOrders of gyoza ($6) come with 5 pieces, and have more of a loose, boiled quality than the usual fried stuff I've had before. 

Since it's hailed as the health food of the east, miso ramen is a good idea for anyone trying to switch up their Japanese noodle routine. At the end of the day you can't go wrong with more varieties of ramen in your life.misoya ramen toronto

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