one of the first to tell you about Kinton Ramen in the once-tranquil Baldwin Village neighbourhood. Judging by the lineups outside, it seems that the city just can’t get enough ramen — even in the dead heat of summer.">

Cheap Eat of the Week: a hearty bowl of Japanese noodles from Kinton Ramen


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A few months ago, we were one of the first to tell you about Kinton Ramen in the once-tranquil Baldwin Village neighbourhood. Judging by the lineups outside, it seems that the city just can’t get enough ramen — even in the dead heat of summer.

Back in May, I’ll be the first to admit, I wasn’t sure about this place. There were constant flashbacks to some of the great bowls of ramen I’ve had in New York, at Ippudo, or in Vancouver, at Kintaro Ramen and Motomachi Shokudo. Today, I stand convinced, and I’m trying to wean myself down to no more than one visit each week.

My pick: the shoyu ramen, a soy sauce flavoured soup with bean sprouts, slowly-braised pork shoulder, scallion, nori and a firm seasoned egg (which has a perfectly jammy yolk that even the fanciest of immersion circulators and vacuum sealers can’t replicate).

At $9.50, it appeals to the broke student, young professional or freelance writer in all of us. Spend the extra $1 for sweet corn and another $1 for grated garlic and you’re set.  

Whatever your preferred ramen bowl, if you can finish the entire thing, you’ll be inducted into the hall of fame (it’s a photo album on their Facebook page).

Next up from the owners of Kinton (who also own Guu): an aburi-style (flame-seared) sushi restaurant — an emerging trend led by Vancouver’s Miku Restaurant — opening this fall.

Kinton Ramen, 51 Baldwin St., 647-748-8900

Gizelle Lau is a food and travel writer/photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.

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