Big Beef Bowl

Writing about this makes me really want their noodles! We had to try this after coming across Big Beef Bowl on Instagram. Has this noodle shop exploded yet or is it not the next big thing?

Enough with the questions, as I want to dive right in with the deets! This small noodle restaurant is know for it’s different variety of noodle sizes and thicknesses. Click here for a visual explanation.

I opted for the small round noodle size. And it was like eating angel hair pasta.

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My brother went all out and ordered the flat large noodles. As you can see, the noodle is quite wide.

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The menu is pretty simple. There are seven sizes of noodles to choose from and some side dishes.

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The restaurant is really small. You can see (from the pano below) that seating is limited. I would say the restaurant fits about 14 customers. There is a washroom at the back and there restaurant puts a table (seats four) outside for people to enjoy their bowl of noodles (if weather permits).

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Visit Big Beef Bowl’s Facebook page here.
Photos via iPhone 6.

Santouka Ramen – Toronto

I love when Spring comes around. To me, that means family day Sunday. As a bonus, because of the beautiful weather we’ve been having, we got to go downtown! I can’t remember the last time we went as a family. But I sure had a productive and good day!

For lunch, we stopped by my mom’s favourite restaurant (I’m pretty sure she 100% likes this place) – Santouka. I must admit, the ramen is quite the noodle.

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We all ordered different ramen bowls, I can’t remember what I last last time I was here.

Dad had Miso Ramen – blend of akamiso (red miso) with the tonkotsu broth.

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I opted for something spicy – Spicy Miso Ramen (three kinds of chili peppers with miso). Oddly, there was a kick of spice, but not over powering the rest of the dish.

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Mom had Shio Ramen. Apparently this is the speciality ramen because of the white tonkotsu broth.

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Dennis ordered the Tokusen Toroniku Ramen – restaurant’s original dish. The ramen comes with a side of pork cheeks.

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We all found the broth and noodles a bit too salty for our taste. You might want to ask the waiter/ waitress to have a light hand when making your order.
This tiny restaurant fits about 30 people (on average). You can sit at a table or at the bar. Every time I’ve been here, it’s packed with a long line up. But we were lucky today. We arrived just in time as we got the last empty table. After minutes of sitting, people began filing for the line.

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Check out my first post about Santouka here. Visit Santouka website here.
Photos are via  iPhone 6.

Magic Noodle

I really recommend this restaurant. It’s the best noodle place in the neighbourhood. (Woah there, that’s a BIG statement!) The noodles are hand and freshly made in the restaurant, at the back. The noodle man is banging the dough on the table and you can see him stretching the noodles from every seat in the restaurant.

Last weekend, my family and I went to Magic Noodle for lunch (since my mom hasn’t been here). And these are what we ordered and ate. And the menu.

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Pig’s ear (with garlic and soy sauce served cold).

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Five different foods, pickled in vinegar (tomato, cucumber, cabbage, hot chilli and black fungus.

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Tofu with teriyaki glaze (I think).

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Item 101 on the menu, it’s the hand pulled noodles with beef.

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Item 102 on the menu, it’s the house special.

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Item 105 on the menu, hand pulled noodles with brasied beef brisket.

There are many other choice that the restaurant offers, looking at the menu (from the first photo). They also have cold hand pulled noodles if you’re not a noodle soup person.

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