8 Dishes You Must Try at Jinya Ramen Bar

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Slurping season is upon us and ramen is calling our name! This winter, Calgary has officially welcomed Jinya Ramen Bar to its food scene to help the locals combat the brutally cold weather. While this Los Angeles-based ramen bar is renowned for its tonkatsu ramen, but it has also got fantastic Japanese-themed tapas snacks to match. Check out a few of my favourites to upgrade your experience at Jinya Ramen Bar!

Jinya Ramen Bar Calgary


Jinya Ramen Bar Calgary

01| Jinya Bun

Attention bao lovers: Jinya’s unique twist on the Taiwanese pork belly bun will blow your mind! Instead of peanut powder, mustard greens and cilantro, its Jinya bun ($4.5/piece) uses cucumber, mixed greens, original Jinya sauce and kewpie mayo to pair with the slow-braised pork belly and soft fluffy bun. The resultant bite-sized snack is out-of-this-world incredible and strikes the perfect balance of tanginess and sweetness that will keep you coming back for more!

Jinya Ramen Bar Calgary

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02| Caramelized Cauliflower

Jinya’s caramelized cauliflower ($6.95) will completely transform your perception of what cauliflower tastes like. Roasted until golden brown, the cauliflower lends a slightly crisp texture and complex flavor that is irresistible. When combined with pine nuts, mint leaves, and lime sauce, the dish takes on a delightful nuttiness and refreshing finish that I couldn’t get enough of.

Jinya Ramen Bar Calgary03| Brussels Sprouts Tempura

Jinya has found a way to get anyone to become obsessed with brussels sprouts. Deep-fried in light tempura batter, the brussels sprouts are dressed with a sweet, nutty flavor that easily becomes addictive. These crispy, piping hot brussels sprouts tempura ($6.95) are then drizzled with Italy-imported truffle oil for an extra elegant touch. It is so wonderfully aromatic that I promise you it’ll be gone before you know it!

Jinya Ramen Bar Calgary04| Salmon Poke Tacos

Get your raw fish kick with salmon poke tacos ($5.95/2pcs). The fresh chunks of salmon, the umami-rich marinade, the citrusy brightness, and the crunchy goodness…. you will be immediately transported to a tropical island. For me, it was love at the first bite!

Jinya Ramen Bar Calgary

05| Cha Cha Cha

When it comes to delicious, broth-y goodness, you gotta cozy up to a giant steaming bowl of cha cha cha($15.25). Heavy on the garlic, this ramen blends 15-hour simmered pork broth with fish stock to produce a rich, tasty fragrance and a thicker consistency. Swimming in this flavorful broth is a special type of thick, bouncy noodles that holds up well to the thick soup. With tender pork bellies that literally melt in your mouth, custardy seasoned egg and a healthy dose of bean sprouts, cha cha cha is an easy favourite for me!

Jinya Ramen Bar Calgary

06| Sprouting Up Ramen

Another standout here is the sprouting up ramen ($13.95). The velvety-smooth pork-chicken broth melds gloriously with decadent slices of pork belly, wood ear mushroom, spicy bean sprouts, soft seasoned egg and crispy brussels sprouts. Together with the thick, chewy noodles, sprouting up ramen will have you mesmerized!

Pro tip: to amp up the flavour, ask for extra garlic at no cost.

Jinya Ramen Bar Calgary

07| Spicy Chicken Ramen

If a lighter flavour is preferred, consider spicy chicken ramen ($13.25). Despite its mellower taste, it has a rich, golden tonkotsu-like broth that comforts the soul. Served with chicken breast, spinach, spicy bean sprouts, and green onion, spicy chicken ramen will fill you up and nourish you from the inside out.

Pro tip: Typically, this ramen is served with thin noodles. You can change to thick noodles for an additional $1.75. Or substitute with spinach noodles for $2.

Jinya Ramen Bar Calgary

08| Pork Chashu Bowl

Other than ramen, Jinya also serves up delicious pork chashu bowl ($6.25/10.25). A bowl of steamed rice topped with glossy, aromatic pork belly, along with spinach, green onion, seasoned egg and sesame seeds, it is a pure comfort. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself scraping the bowl once you’ve finished the rice!

Pro tip: Japanese soda, which comes in mango, watermelon and peach flavours, is a brilliant match to the fatty pork belly dish!

Jinya Ramen Bar Calgary

Jinya Ramen Bar Calgary

With a wide array of Japanese food to try, Jinya Ramen Bar will no doubt be a new dining hotspot in Calgary. You can come here for the ramen, but its unbelievably good tapas will have you stay a little longer!

Jinya Ramen Bar is renowned for its tonkatsu ramen, but it has also got fantastic Japanese-themed tapas snacks to match. Check out a few of my favourites to upgrade your experience at Jinya Ramen Bar!

Disclaimer: This post is written in partnership with Jinya Ramen Bar. As always, all opinions on For Two, Please are my own and I only recommend brands that I 100% stand behind.

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  1. My gosh, all the dishes on here look absolutely delicious!! I would especially like to try the Cha Cha Cha! This has made me so hungry now haha!

  2. All these dishes have my mouth watering! That spicy chicken ramen looks amazing as does the carmelized cauliflower and the brussel sprouts. I’m adding this restaurant to my list of places to check out next time I’m in LA.

  3. Your post made me so hungry for some Japanese cuisine. I love Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, so both veggie dishes look appetizing to me. I think I could be quite happy eating any of these 8 dishes though. 😉

  4. You had me at Ramen! It’s the perfect comfort food for a winter destination like Calgary. The meals all look mouth watering & the prices are quite reasonable for the quality from the looks of it. I’ll keep an eye out for Jinya in LA too

    • Their portion is quite huge for the price! I really loved their broth, which is simmered over 15 hours – it’s rich and flavourful, but not too oily or too salty 🙂 Hope you get to try it soon!

  5. We will visit Jinya Ramen Bar next time we’re in Calgary for sure. The decor is lovely, and the food looks so irresistible. Thanks for this cool local tip.

  6. Did not know they were LA-based, what!? They’re my go-to ramen bar here in Van and I’m actually going tomorrow. I think the menus might be a bit different though because I don’t ever recall seeing fried brussels sprouts. Gonna be on the lookout!

  7. They all look quite delicious. I am trying to imagine how Caramelized Cauliflower would taste. Maybe I must try it at home one of these days.

  8. Wow, from pictures it is looking delicious. I have to try it once. Thanks for great share.

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