Saturday, January 22, 2022

Lunch at Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba

Happy Saturday! After more than a week, we left the house today. Before going grocery shopping at Real Canadian Superstore, I told my brother (who we met in Downtown Vancouver after running errands) that I wanted ramen. He remembered trying Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba.

We were there five minutes before they opened and decided to just wait out in the frigid. It's a cold but beautiful sunny day.

Hubby debated whether to order the most famous Tokyo Mazesoba or the Chef's Special Zenbu Mazesoba. He ended up with the Zenbu Mazesoba, and after taking a bite, I seriously regret not ordering a Mazesoba.

Mazesoba is ramen without soup like Chinese chow-mein or saucy Filipino pancit. 

Zenbu Mazesoba
Slow-Braised Pork Chashu, Spicy Minced Pork, Soft Boiled Egg, Seaweed, Bamboo Shoot, Seaweed Flakes, Chives, Green Onion, Minced Garlic, Grinded Saba Fish, Sesame, Raw Egg Yolk, and Multi-Grain Noodle Made in House

I ordered ramen because it's what I am craving, and I went for the name-sake ramen, even though the Tantan Ramen and Spicy Ramen look tempting.

Kokoro Ramen
Pork Bone Broth, Slow-Braised Pork Chashu, Soft Boiled Egg, Green Onion, Garlic, Black Fungus, and Thin Ramen Noodle

Chicken Karaage
Juicy fried chicken served with fresh greens.

I almost always order Chicken Karaage from all the Japanese restaurants. This just became my favourite Chicken Karaage, narrowly beating the one they serve at nearby Ramen Gojiro. This chicken is lightly battered and so insanely juicy.

Spicy Pork Gyoza
Handmade pork potstickers

The gyoza is a standard Japanese dumpling. This is another item I always order from Japanese restaurants, but it's pretty challenging to find mind-blowing gyoza.

Note for future me: Order the chicken karaage again, skip the gyoza, and try the takoyaki.

To end our meal, hubby ordered Fuji Cheese Cup Cake which they served with a shovel-looking spoon.

Fuji Cheese Cup Cake
Japanese cheesecake with Oreo crumb base

The dessert is okay. They have a couple other items which we can try next time. I will definitely be back. I actually think my mom would enjoy Mazesoba since she loves pancit. 

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