The ramen debate has raged around the streets of Toronto since a wave of the slurpable noodle soup shops started to spring up all across town. Tonkotsu, miso, shio or shoyu – whatever your preference, there’s now an array of different shop-tions for you to get your feast on.
That being said, we all have our preferences, and it’s becoming unequivocally clear that there is a true master of umami that houses his modest yet chic ramen shop right on Dundas West. That man is Michael Zhang, the owner and operator of Sansotei Ramen – a self-proclaimed ramen addict who left his post in the commercial restaurant business to travel to Japan and pursue his passion for ramen. Enrolling in the Yamato Ramen School, Michael developed his one-of-a-kind tonkotsu broth, learned to hand-make his own ramen noodles, and honed the art of pairing the perfect ingredients alongside his creations.
A true art form in many ways, you could give 10 different ramen chefs the same ingredients and each broth would come out differently. The popular Japanese fast food has deep-set roots in Asia, but now ramen is beginning to rival the presence of pho shops and udon emporiums in the Toronto noodle soup game.
If you’re in need of some handcrafted comfort in a bowl, it seems to be ramen or bust these days, and Sansotei Ramen has got the goods.