Motomachi Shokudo

I love Japanese food. All kinds. Whenever I’m introduced to a new Japanese place and it is phenomenal, it makes me so happy. Motomachi Shakudo is one of those places.

You might accidentally walk past this place, they’re located a little further down past another ramen shop you may have heard of, Kintaro. Instead of waiting in line there, why not try this little ramen place out? I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Most of their bowls of ramen cost from $9-$12. They’re known for the different kind of broths and big portions.

I ordered the Miso Ramen – as I like my broth a little saltier. The bowls are huge and so are the portions of ramen – I swear one bowl could be the equivalent of two of those packaged ramen you get in stores. But let me assure you, it’s not the same kind of insta-ramen. Their noodles are cooked just the way I like em – not too chewy and not too soft , al dente, if I can borrow that Italian word to describe Asian cuisine :).

The broth itself is not too heavy but deliciously sweet and salty. There are bamboo shoots, corn, green onions and a big slice of pork on the top of my bowl.

Brian orders the Extra BBQ Pork with extra noodles (I’m assuming he was starving!). I believe his broth was Shoyu based, and in his bowl was pork shoulder and butt. He said that the meat was very tender and fatty – the way he likes his meat.

On my next visit, I want to try their famous Bamboo-Charcoal Dark Miso Ramen, it’s apparently very nutritious for you but doesn’t taste like charcoal – which is a relief.

I have yet to find another place in Vancouver that can come close to this organic but flavourful ramen shop.


Maybe it’s a Japanese thing, but I’d like to see them expand into a bigger shop – their place probably seats 20 people – there’s only three or four actual tables and the rest are ‘bar’ like places to eat.

The portion and dedication put into every bowl of ramen is definitely worth it’s $10 price tag.


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About Dee

Inspired by her father’s cooking savvy and impeccable taste and her love of trying out new places, Dee decided to pursue her love of food. Although she much prefers eating at a local restaurant, she has also taken up cooking as a novice who has lots to learn and many recipes to try. Join her quest to rise from cooking mediocrity and fine tune her palate at different restaurants!