Update: This restaurant has closed.
Where in Richmond can you have a bowl of ramen along with a refreshing HK-style iced milk tea?
Mom and I deviated from our weekly ritual of going to dim sum by not going to dim sum. Instead we went to Aberdeen Centre’s food court for lunch.
I really like this food court. It has quite a variety of food so if you wanted a different type of food from your companion, that can be easily accommodated. Although I know this is true of all food courts, I especially like Aberdeen Centre’s since it’s mostly Asian food and it’s a lot cheaper here than Western food courts.
I usually forget about Ajijiman since it’s hidden in the corner. Not this time. I took the time to walk around and saw it, so I was reminded of how I wanted to try their ramen.
I ordered the Charsiu Ramen in Tonkotsu soup. Like most places, you can choose between Tonkotsu, Miso or Shoyu soup.
First impression was…it was small. It was quite a small bowl. However, I liked seeing bamboo shoots and corn without having paid extra for them. The egg too.
The soup was good but I’ll have to complain about the fact that there’s a certain flavor in it that’s only familiar to Chinese people. You know how when you go have wonton noodles, there’s a distinct flavor in the water if they haven’t rinsed the noodles well enough before adding the soup? It’s literally translated as “soapy water” from Chinese. I could tasted that in the soup. I thought this place made their own noodles but I think they only make the udon noodles, not the ramen.
It was quite expensive for such a small bowl though.
When this place first opened, it’s opened by a Japanese person who claims to have learnt his skills of soup and noodle making in the Noodle College of Japan (sounds kind of lame I know but who knows it could be a legitimate claim to be proud of). I’m not sure if he’s still the owner/cook now, as the servers and cooks were all Chinese.