Ramen Koika

  Whenever it starts raining I start craving ramen. It's a problem okay. So basically I crave ramen everyday in the winter. It hasn't rained in 2 weeks though, and since it started raining again today, I decided to take advantage of the miserable weather and head downtown for some bellay warming noodles! :D

  Ramen Koika is a relatively new contender to the downtown ramen scene, what's neat about Koika is that they have "wok fried" ramen, meaning that they wok fry the ingredients on top which imparts a smokey flavour into the final product!

  They also have this thing called the Koika Red Ramen challenge, if you slurp down every last drop of their spiciest ramen, you get it for FREE!!! And you get your picture immortalized on their wall of flame. Get it, Wall of Flame?? Pretty clever eh? harhar. *slaps knee* - (Wow you sure are easily amused Selina)

Why yes, yes I am ;)

  But it's no easy feat...you have to finish the entire bowl, including the soup in 15 mins flat!! I would rather eat 3 bowls of regular ramen then down a bowl of their level 3 ramen...I have a very low tolerance for spicy food.

  After taking a look at the menu I was suspecting Ramen Koika to be Korean run, because there was kimchi on the menu haha.  My thoughts were confirmed when I took a quick peek at Dennis the Foodie's post! But at the end of the day, while important, authenticity doesn't really matter, as long as the food's properly made!! :D

My mom was thinking about doing the Level 3 challenge but backed out at the last minute, she was like "If I did it I would probably need an ambulance after!" 

Red Ramen - Level 1 Spicy Fever $9.95
Pork Broth w/ Char Siu
3.5/5 stars
  My mom chose the red ramen, and she really liked it! It was just the right amount of spiciness, tolerable but not mild either. The broth was smooth, with a strong pork bone flavour. She commented that there was depth beyond the initial spiciness, so it wasn't one note! The fatty pieces of char siu pieces were semi-tender and they were seared which imparted a subtle smokey flavour. The noodles were appealing as they were al dente and had bite.

The dilemma of fatty or lean char siu? Who are you kidding, there is NO dilemma, FATTY ALL THE WAY!!! <3

You can opt for soft or hard noodles and I went with hard!! I like 'em noodles al dente ;)

Wok Fried King's Ramen $11.95
Chicken Broth
3/5 stars
 This was a huge bowl, a lot larger than my mom's red ramen! I didn't really know what to expect, but this was pretty good!! I could definitely pick up the wok flavour, so it almost felt like I was eating chinese noodles lol! The chicken broth was mildly spicy, exhibiting a tinge of spiciness that gets stronger as you slurp. The shredded pork was surprisingly good, it was moist, flavourful and tender. The egg was cooked right and wasn't over marinated! They added a ton of bean sprouts, and seaweed, in there, so the whole thing was pretty healthy! :D


So satisfying! :D

I am so getting their smokey miso ramen next time!! 

Their infamous wall of flame!!! :D  They have polaroids of all the people who completed the challenge holding an empty bowl lol!

Ramen Koika on Urbanspoon


  1. I read some reviews from other blogs and their experiences were subpar compared to yours. That was the reason I haven't tried them despite work is somewhat nearby. Also, there is Santouka which reopened recently!

    BTW, I believe I saw you once in the Canada Line going to Richmond. I wasn't sure if I should have talked to you. Would it have been awkward if a total stranger talked to you about this blog in the Skytrain???!

    1. I read a few negative reviews on Urbanspoon and yelp too! I think there's either a consistency issue at play or it all depends on what you order! A couple of people who ordered their black garlic ramen didn't like it at all!

      hehe I heard Santouka opened up again!! I haven't had their ramen in forever...looks like it's time for a revisit!! :D

      LOL how did you know it was me? A lot of asian girls look like me haha! It wouldn't be weird at all if you talked to me, but I'm really awkward/geeky in person because I'm really shy! So far I haven't been recognized in public yet! :)

    2. I might have been wrong, though. It was a thin petite girl (5' 4" at most). The reason I thought it was you was because you used to have a picture of yourself. Of course, there is still one! Do you still wear the onesie? :)

    3. hehe I just wore my onesie yesterday!! So comfy and warm!! Oh, how I wish it was socially acceptable to wear onesies in public! ;)

      I look short in pictures because of my legs are disproportionate to my body LOL, but I'm actually around 165 cm! :D

  2. wow their menu is pretty extensive! I feel like I should go back haha

  3. ikr haha! I want to go back and try their matcha (!) cold ramen, smokey miso, and nagasaki ramen hehe! :D


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