When Toronto Life calls Kinton Ramen's Spicy Garlic Ramen ($9.80) one of the best ramens in Toronto, it's worth checking out. Most of Toronto probably got the memo too because the little restaurant is almost always packed. The interior is decorated with golden pigs (an ode to their name, kinton translates to golden pig) and the theme carries through their ramen: their broth is predominantly flavoured with pork bone and simmered for at least 18 hours.
Spicy Garlic Ramen ($9.80), photo courtesy of BlogTO
The Spicy Garlic Ramen contains chilli pepper, bean sprout, scallion, fresh grated garlic, your choice of pork belly or pork shoulder and light or regular broth. We chose the more flavourful and fatty pork belly with regular broth. It was intensely flavoured with chilli and raw minced garlic which mellowed as it cooked in the heat of the broth. It's not for the faint of heart: the heat was one-dimensional and possibly overwhelming if garlic ain't yo thang. Our pork belly was tender, noodles al dente, and broth salty enough that you'll be courting a glass of water all night.
Photo courtesty of BlogTO
Eating at Kinton Ramen is like being in a sardine can: it's packed to the brim, hot, sweaty, and loud in typical Guu fashion. Sitting back near the open kitchen feels like sitting by the gates of hell and sitting in the front near the bar is just as bad as hungry patrons jealously eye your food – and we don't blame them.