Photo: Sydney Chisholm
A new ramen restaurant has moved to Boston Pizza’s former location in downtown Kamloops.
Jimmy Wang, the owner of Ramen Time, came to Canada from China as a student at Thompson Rivers University. He said he started working at a Chinese restaurant in town to pay the bills while he was in college and developed his love for cooking.
Wang never had a formal education in the culinary arts. Instead, he said he learned the skills of the trade and perfected his ramen while eating.
Wang told Castanet Kamloops that he would try ramen from many different places to tweak his recipe and find out how he wanted his ramen to taste.
“I want to make ramen so that Canadians like it, not the Japanese, but differently because in Japan their ramen is very thick and has tons of fat,” Wang said.
“In Canada, I think people here really care about their health, so they don’t want tons of fat, so I changed it a bit to make it clearer.”
He said his favorite ramen restaurant was Jinya in Vancouver.
“I tasted all their [Jinya] ramen, and after that, I think Kamloops deserves a restaurant like Jinya,” he said. “That’s why I opened this one.
He said his current menu contains all of his favorite dishes.
The walls that formerly housed Boston Pizzaat 102-340 Victoria St., are now covered in pop art images of cats.
Wang said her own pet cats were depicted on the walls.
“I want to bring my life to this restaurant, which like other people can feel the happiness of my family and my food, so I bring my cats here,” Wang said.
Ramen Time kicked off a soft opening on Monday. Currently, they are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.