Ramen Isshin // Episode 3 Must Eat (Toronto)

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Welcome to the 3rd episode of my weekly Food Posts #GetaweiFood and #GetaweiFoodTO (follow this hashtag on Instagram, y’all). To understand what this is, check out my first blog post here that explains a little more about these series. Also don’t forget to check out the last post which was a fantastic brunch spot called Baddies!

Remember that these food posts will occur every Monday at 9pm EST! Turn on notifications on my Instagram to keep posted.

Anyway, getting to this week’s post… I’m introducing to you

THE. BEST. RAMEN. IN. TORONTO.

(my opinion of course haha there might be better ones according to other people but… are you reading their blog? Yeah didn’t think so. #SassyMondays)

Anywho…

This week’s special guest is my absolute favourite ramen spot in all of Toronto. I’ve been to so many ramen places including the top ones like Momofuku,Kinton, Sansotei, etc, but this restaurant I’m about to introduce you guys is BY FAR the winner in my eyes for the best ramen. Don’t believe me? This is also the only ramen place that has ever been able to surpass a 4.5 rating (currently sitting at 4.7) on Google with close to 800 reviews!!!!!!

Introducing… (not really but just broadcasting the message here)… RAMEN ISSHIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Before I continue, I would like to say a special thanks to my amazing friend Lisha Fan for showing me this restaurant and taking me there first :’). I didn’t even take snaps/pictures my first time because it was just so damn good I scarfed it down.

WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE IT:

  • Their noodles are absolutely unreal and it’s nothing like the other places I’ve tried
  • The soup base is also Roll-Your-Eyes-Back amazing
  • Their vegetarian options are BOMB. If you’re a vegetarian and you’ve been sad that you haven’t been able to try out ramen… do not fear. This is the best place you will ever find for vegetarian ramen!
  • The staff here is also very attentive and friendly. The service is great!

ESSENTIAL DETAILS

  • Downtown Toronto – Bathurst & College
  • Exact Address = 421 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1T1 (again, I don’t know why you would want to have the postal code but here it is)
  • NO RESERVATIONS ANYTIME
  • Wait time is typically around 15-30 minutes depending on:
    • Your party size
    • If you’re willing to sit on the counter / bar, if you’re willing to share a table, or if you only want actual seats
  • But not to worry, you can wait indoors since it’s like -234873958 degrees right now #Toronto

WHAT I’VE TRIED

***Disclaimer: these are my personal favourites and suggestions

So before I give you a point-form version that we all love to see, I just want to say that I’ve been here 3 times. In total, I’ve tried 5 different dishes. To me, there was a clear winner and what really set this place apart from other ramen places was their Kotteri Shoyu Ramen (I’ve attached pictures of their menu below). Everything about that dish was amazing – the noodles & the broth as well as the toppings that are included.

This is the Kotteri Shoyu Ramen!!! SOOOO GOOD YOU GUYS I CAN’T EVEN A;SLKDFJ;ALSKDFJKJA;LSKDFJ;ALSKDFJ;ALKDSJF;

 

The other items I’ve tried on the menu were also good but I wouldn’t say that they were my favourite and those dishes didn’t make this restaurant stand out to me as much as the Shoyu Ramen.

RAMENS I’VE TRIED:

  1. Kotteri Shoyu Ramen – YOU HAVE TO GET THIS
  2. Spicy Miso Ramen
  3. Black Tan Tan Noodle
  4. Shoyu Tsuk’emen.

In depth review:

1// Kotteri Shoyu Ramen 

Don’t know how many more times I can say this except for the fact that this is literally the best thing I’ve ever had in my life. It’s literally my go-to ramen when I come here. The toppings are great, the soup base is amazing – not to salty but really flavourful, and the noodles are like no other ramen places (in a very good way!)

2// Spicy Miso Ramen

This was the most suggested item from the restaurant itself. Don’t get me wrong it’s still good but it’s not as great as the other one in my opinion!! I got Lucas to try this one and the Kotteri Shoyu Ramen and he definitely agrees that the Kotteri is what makes this restaurant special whereas this one was pretty average. However, definitely give this a try if you really like miso base or if you’re craving spicy.

3// Black Tan Tan Noodle

This dish was interesting because you were able to grind the black sesame seeds and pour it into the soup base yourself. However, what I didn’t like about this dish was that it was pricier than the classic ramens ($13.80 rather than $11 something) and it didn’t include as many toppings – it didn’t have egg, seaweed, etc #WhatIsUpWithThatCmonMan. The soup base for me was also a little to salty for my liking so when I got this to try I immediately regretted not getting the one I usually get RIP 😥 #DramaQueenHour.

4// Shoyu Tsuk’emen

This is their “dip ramen”. Basically the soup on the left is not only SUPER HOT but there is only very little quantity of it. The idea is that you eat the ramen by dipping into the soup rather than eating it together. The noodles here are thicker and much chewier than your classic ramen-in-soup. I got this really to try it out but I didn’t actually like it too much because I’m more into eating the noodles and drinking the soup at the same time. Also, just like the Black Tan Tan Noodles, this dish was also on the saltier side which I didn’t like. AND the noodles were on the colder side since it’s not in the soup itself so overall the dish was kind of cold. I would recommend trying this more for the experience or if you really like dip ramen but overall this was not a favourite of mine.


I’ve also tried their vegetarian ramen (just a few bites from Lisha!) and I can honestly say that the soup base was just as good despite the fact that it’s not from actual meat! If you are a vegetarian, definitely give this place a try.

OTHER:

  1. Chicken Karaage
  2. Cold Peach Jelly Sake

In depth review:

1// Chicken Karaage

Karaage (Japanese fried chicken) is always good no matter where you go and this place is no exception. This appetizer didn’t particularly stand out amongst other restaurants but regardless, good Karaage overall.

2// Cold Peach Jelly Sake

This item was pretty pricey ($9) for a small can but it was DELICIOUS. Also it was a really cool thing to try because the drink comes out in Jelly form!

Karaage
Black Tan Tan Noodle.
Shoyu Tsuk’emen.

I hope you liked this episode of Must Eat in Toronto! Talk to you all next week!! ❤

Love,
Lisa

20 Things

Last week, Kelvin (darn you) nominated me to write 20 things about myself (ever since those neknoms there’s basically a nomination for everything. Why hasn’t anyone come up with a “I nominate you to EAT _____. You have 24 hours.” #IOnlyThinkAboutFood #Clearly #OffTopic #Sorry). I know, usually you only have 24 hours and I legitimately tried to think of 20 things but here I am a week later still thinking about what to write.

So here goes. I’m sorry if the list gets really random but yeah… I got stuck at #8 so I had to come up with anything I could.

20 THINGS ABOUT ME

  1. I was born in Taipei; I moved to Vancouver when I was 5
  2. My mother language = Taiwanese, 2nd language = Mandarin, 3rd language = English (and… as of right now, I don’t know how to speak Taiwanese but I can understand, I speak Mandarin but my white accent shines through, and I’m really hoping I’m doing well with English cause that’s the only thing going for me right now)
  3. My parents are the CUTEST THINGS (things? really? #WhatKindOfDaughterRU) in the world – I aspire to have a relationship like theirs when I grow up  #TheyStillTakeLongWalksOnTheBeach #RelationshipMasters #AsianParentsWhoCallEachOtherHoney #Embarrassing #HowOldAreYou IMG_9681
  4. I have a twin brother who goes to UBC
  5. I lied in #5 because he’s not my twin but… COOL FACT! I hated when people called us twins for the first 18 years of my life then by year 19 of my life I embraced it and now we try to trick new people we meet by telling them we’re twins (okay only I do this because I don’t know if he actually does…)

    Johnny boy at my HS grad!! #StinkyJohn
    Johnny boy at my HS grad!! #StinkyJohn
  6. I was in air cadets for almost 6 years and LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT (minus the first 2 years) – *coming soon to a getawei blog near you (aka this one)

    a year later, me at Johnny boy's grad. #StinkyJohn
    a year later, me at Johnny boy’s grad. #StinkyJohn
  7. Through air cadets, I went on international exchange (for free, I might add! Thank you fellow Canadian tax payers. Aka all of you) to the beautiful country of TURKEY (btw you should totally check out that place if you have the chance) – *coming soon

    that cadet life #STAFF2011
  8. I was part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Closing Ceremonies with my fellow cadet friends! 🙂
    759 Represent 😉
    Our performance here (starting at 40:00)

    Exchange with these goofs! :) #IACE2012
    Exchange with these goofs! 🙂 #IACE2012
  9. I love sports; I love snowboarding and skating. I used to play bball, vball, net ball.
    I loved those jerseys

    I was on the track team and I also used to figure skate. I can also balance pretty well when I’m standing on the bus so I’m kind of proud of that.

  10. I watch a lot of TV because I have no life (I mean, dude, I’m even writing for fun…) My favourite shows include: Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory, HIMYM, Big Brother, Amazing Race, FRIENDS, Desperate Housewives, and if I go on, we might be here all day.
  11. The first REALLY rebellious thing I did was getting my ears pierced the day before my 18th birthday. It wasn’t really that worth it to be honest…
  12. The second rebellious thing was getting a tattoo right out of high school. It was totally worth it.
  13. If I could date any celebrity… I think I would date Joshua Bowman from Revenge (oh yeah, that’s another show I watch). HE. IS. SO. DREAMY. OMG. LET’S JUST. I CAN’T. JUST. GOOGLE HIS FACE. OMG. Or Zac Efron… Oh god, this is tough. Wait… maybe Adam Levine…? But he’s taken. Okay I don’t like that I can only choose one so I’m gonna move on and assume I can have all 3.

    Zac, my boy, you’re single… and I’m single… something clearly does not add up. #WhensOurWedding
  14. The amount of embarrassing moments that you have in one month is probably midays. Just yesterday, when nice people said happy birthday to me, I said thank you and called them by the wrong name. Yeah. That happened 3 times. All in one day. #BRB #GonnaDigMyselfAHole (to be fair, I did know their name, I was either intoxicated or I typed too fast whilst looking at someone else’s name on fb. You know when you type what you see but that’s not what you meant to type?! Yeah, that was me. AND NO, IT’S NOT AN EXCUSE. IT’S THE TRUTH #StopBullyingMe)
  15. My ALL TIME FAVOURITE MOVIE is The Titanic. I can watch it all day, er’day, and have the same emotions every single time. Like that part when Rose gets on the painting? Yeah, I yell at her every time. The time when that rich dude runs after Jack and Rose trying to shoot them? I scream and cover my eyes. And yes, waterworks every time too cause it’s such an epic movie. I also have a rule where I don’t watch it with guys. Not trying to be a pessimist but if me and (insert guy name) don’t work out, I don’t want him to ruin the movie for me. I don’t want to have to think “omg remember that one time when (insert guy name again) watched it with me and we ate popcorn and he got it all over my couch and I had to clean it up?!” or whatever. It’s my own personal movie and no boy is going to ruin it for me. Unless if you’re my Jack and I’m your Rose then… well… #BringURSketchBook #JK #YouKnowImNotJK

    the. best.
  16. My favourite hard liquor is tequila with lime. YUUUMMMM. I think I like the lime more than the tequila part but… #Whatever #NotThePoint. I also cannot drink gin to save my life. If I smell that stuff, I’m gonna punch whoever made me smell it cause I know I definitely wouldn’t have voluntarily smelt it.

    ideal = tequila with extra, extra lime
  17. Speaking of drinking, the first time I tried alcohol was when I was 18 for high school graduation. #DidNotGetWithTheProgram
  18. Following up with #17, the reason why I tried alcohol so late in the game was because in high school, I spent majority of my time at school. NO JOKE. and NO LIFE. There were tons of times where I stayed over 12 hours. One time, me, Jennifer, and our friend Bevin (HI BUDDY) stayed SO late at school that all the janitors left and we didn’t even know. When we finally left the school, we triggered the silent alarm and all the police came to the school and the next day we got in trouble for staying at school for too long. … … yeah… They didn’t even know how to punish us because it’s not like we have a problem with staying at school for detention. We’ll just stay overtime! 🙂 Good times. (at school #MySecondHome)

    shoutout to CHEX 🙂
  19. Speaking of “Second Home”, I’ve always enjoyed being involved in school (maybe a little too much #NotThePoint). In high school, I was part of a club called Christmas Cheer (shoutout to CHEX! miss you guys) and Karing 4 Kids (miss you guys too.. :’D). Both these clubs mainly focused on fundraising for local charities. I would spend so much time with the other execs at school that we knew the janitors on a first name basis and even cooked dinner (AT SCHOOL – we had our own fridge) and had a sit down dinners with our fellow janitors and teachers. #BestiesForLife

    did you think I was joking? No, sweetie.
  20. Now that I’ve FINALLY reached the last number of this list, I want to end off by saying something completely EPIC that will blow your mind into little tiny pieces. But I don’t always get what I want so I guess that’s not happening since I can’t think of anything else #RuinedTheMoment #LisaLogic. I guess the last thing that I want you to know about me (sorry, it’s not epic) is that my goal in life is to live as fearlessly as I can #ThanksTSwizzle. Each and every one of us have dreams but it’s really up to us to make them happen. I feel like the saddest thing for me is watching people (including myself) want something but don’t get it because we’re to scared to give it a shot. If you don’t try… how you gon’ know? <— imagine me saying that in a black accent. I read this quote one time and it said, “if you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” So basically… moral of the story is ask a lot of questions. #JK #RuinedAnotherMoment #SorryIDontHaveChocolateFondue #OnlyCheese #BecauseItsTooCheesyNow #SorryNotSorryActually

Anywho… I’m gonna sleep now because I have an interview tomorrow and I’m kind of nervous so… TOODLES 🙂

Love,
Lisa

Upcoming CAISA Events

Here are the following CAISA events for this month! You may contact any CAISA or CAISA Fashion Show Executive for tickets or more information.

1. Coffeehouse

Date: Friday, March 7.
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Price: $5

Facebook Event Page: (TBA)

2. Charity Hot Yoga

Date: Saturday, March 8.
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Price: $5
Location: Moksha Yoga London

Facebook Event Page Here

3. ARCADIA (CAISA FASHION SHOW 2014)

Date: Saturday, March 15
Time: 6pm (doors open) 7pm (show starts)
Price: $30 General Admission; $45 VIP
Location: Centennial Hall

Facebook Event Page Here
Official Trailer Here

4. ARCADIA AFTER PARTY

Date: Saturday, March 15
Time: ~10-11pm
Price: Free with ARCADIA ticket, $15 without
Location: London Music Hall

CAISA Fashion Show & Marble Slab Collab

If you know me then you know the one other food I love besides sushi is … ICE CREAM!!!!

My reaction when I found out CFS is doing something with Marble Slab

My reaction when I learned that I had to promo the event and attendance is a must

My reaction when I found out I can eat ice -cream AND donate to charity at the same time. 

50% of proceeds will go towards the Children’s Health Foundation

so… yeah… 🙂 hehe.

COUNT DOWN WITH ME IF YOU LIKE IN MY ABOUT PAGE (6 days left, baby)

If you would like to learn more about CFS because it’s awesome, check out their page here.

Love,
Lisa