Yuki Ramen in Le Faubourg food court is one of those little places that I had heard a lot about and was looking for the right time to try. So, on a quiet Friday, I decided to take a stroll over to Le Faubourg for lunch with a friend.
The menu is basic, with about 8 choices. You can either have noodles with soup or just noodles (with soup on the side). You also have a choice of beef, BBQ pork, sauteed pork, seafood or vegetarian.
The noodles are formed by hand in front of your eyes as you wait. I had never seen this live before and it is impressive stuff. The spectacle alone makes a visit to Yuki Ramen worthwhile. After your noodles are formed, they are boiled for a few minutes, then tossed with bok choy, shallots, coriander and your choice of meat. I opted for the BBQ pork. Truth be told, I’m more of a fried noodle guy. So I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical going in, but these were great. Firm and chewy, the noodles had a nice consistency and were not at all mushy. And, not surprisingly, they tasted fresh.
The pork was moist and flavourful with just enough fat on it. If I had one criticism I’d say that it lacked that hard caramelized exterior that I associate with the best BBQ pork. My friend opted for the other pork dish – small bits of sauteed ground meat. Judging from the speed with which he took the plate down it was equally delicious.
They also have a nice home made hot sauce at Yuki Ramen. I added a bit of this to my bowl about half way through. My dining partner didn’t think it was necessary, and it’s not, because the dishes are tasty on their own. But I love everything spicy and whenever I get a chance to try a new hot sauce I will. This one hit the spot, the heat injection taking my bowl of noodles up to the next level.
Overall, this is good, clean, fresh food. The fact that it comes out of a food court just makes it that much more impressive. It was a beautiful fall day, so the walk over to Le Faubourg was actually a pleasure, but I truly wish my building had places like this in its food court.
Price: $6.95 for a bowl of noodles.
Rating: 3 – It’s good, man.
Yuki Ramen – Le Faubourg Food Court – 1616 St. Catherine West