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Benkei Ramen on Thurlow

Update: This location is now closed.

I find that the Thurlow location of Benkei more convenient, as it’s closer to the Canada Line station so it’s within easy walking distance.

Benkei Ramen menu

I don’t quite remember if the old location had these two types of soup on their menu, but I’m pretty sure Shiro isn’t on there.

However, as with the old location, they have Miso, Shoyu and Shio.  Additional toppings are $0.50 each but you can get all for $3 (I think).

Benkei Ramen: Shiro ramen

This visit I picked Shiro, which is a creamy tonkotsu (pork bone) broth.  Instead of char siu it was topped with grilled chicken.  When my order came the chicken looked a bit pink, but I ate it anyways haha.

In terms of toppings there really isn’t much on there.  I really wished there were more.  The soup was creamy but not overpoweringly so, therefore I didn’t feel “saturated”.  The noodles were a good al dente.

Benkei Ramen: Akaoni ramen

My companion had the Akaoni which I believe can be literally translated to “Red Devil”.  It’s a spicy miso soup with ground pork topping.

I had a taste of the soup and there was a kick to it indeed.  I didn’t dare try more but I believe it really wasn’t THAT spicy after all.

All in all for location and price and quality, I would definitely be back.

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