It’s because of restaurants like Tiger Ramen that I started to take photos of the food I eat and blog about it. Folks, this is a small restaurant with 21 sitting positions and 1 high chair (yay!!) and they open at noon and close when they are out of broth. Currently, It’s a case of good and bad news for those of us wanting to eat here. Get here early and you should have no problems finding a spot to sit as I suspect, most Kamloopsians have not discovered this little gem of a restaurant yet. The bad news is this place will soon be the talk of the town and I predict lineups will be the norm from opening to close or they might be closed because all the broth has been dished out.
I have been meaning to drop by for a bite to eat since it opened a few months back and today, I finally did and the wait was well worth it. I loved the decor and how colourful everything is on the inside. Coupled with the quintessential Japanese courtesy, manners and etiquette, this place provides a unique insight into the Japanese Culture and food. Their menu is very simple, three types of ramen noodle soup bowls. For 25 cents more, you can get a dollop of spicy paste on the side and for the hungry patron, extra noodles can be had for only 75 cents more. They don’t have kids meals per say but I would recommend their mini rice bowls ($3.25) for the young ones. I know, my kids would devour it and ask for more.
Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup and there are different types of broth and many kinds of toppings. The four kinds of ramen categorized into flavor bases are: shio ramen (salt flavored soup), shoyu ramen (soy sauce flavored soup), tonkotsu ramen (pork bone based creamy soup), and miso ramen (miso flavored soup). Some of the common ramen toppings served at Tiger Ramen are roast pork, pickled ginger, green onions, seaweed, bamboo shoots, boiled eggs, and bean sprouts. Everything that a hearty and comfort soup would call for in my world.
I had the Tonkotsu (pork bone based creamy soup) Ramen in a Miso broth along with a Mini Beef Don as an appetizer. I waited this long, I wasn’t going to just have their ramen for lunch. My friend ordered the BBQ Pork ramen in the soy broth and for an appetizer (don’t we love peer pressure?), he got the Mini Stamina Don (note to self, order this next time). We both really enjoyed our lunch and started making plans to return shortly.
The taste of ramen noodles mainly depends on the soup, and it requires skills to make a delicious soup. Ramen chefs typically train for a long time to make a good ramen soup. If you want Hollywood’s perspective, watch The Ramen Girl and you will appreciate the skill sets needed to master becoming a true ramen chef. Tiger Ramen, after just one visit, I have become your loyal ramenholic disciple and if you are willing, I would love to be your Ramen Apprentice!