Marutama has been highly praised for their perfectly soft boiled egg and flavourful chicken broth so it was about time that I tried it. Located on Bidwell Street, it’s just around the corner from the ever-popular Santouka and it’s never ending line ups. I arrived right at 12pm and there was no line up! Score for me!
I went with the Tamago Ramen, which is listed at the top of their menu as their signature ramen with a soft boiled egg. It also comes with two pieces of cha-shu as well as aosa seaweed and green onions. You can choose to have the broth mild or spicy. I went with spicy and the broth was surprisingly good! Not as rich as a pork broth but very enjoyable and just mildly spicy. The cha-shu was slightly more on the lean side but still good. The seaweed was also very tasty and provided some texture. I love seaweed in general!
Their noodles are made in-house! As in you can literally see the person making them through the window when you’re outside. The noodles were the thin type and more soft than other places. I’m not super picky about the noodles but I would’ve preferred it more chewy. I noticed after my meal that there was a poster on the wall that said you can choose the texture of your noodles but our server never asked.
Damn the egg was on point! I’ve also read about their famous garlic chips which I did try but I think I preferred it without the garlic chips. If you like garlic then go knock yourself out!
Here’s a picture of my co-worker’s Cha-shu Tamago Ramen which just has more pieces of cha-shu if you’re hungry!
I think Marutama just ended up on my list of top ramen places. Okay I still don’t actually have a list but it’s up there!