What’s with the Filipino obsession with ramen? Maybe it’s the silky, fragrant broth. Or the chewy, slurpable noodles. Or that warm, satisfying hug you get in your tummy after you’ve gulped down a bowl. Whatever the reason for this fixation, Filipinos have developed a genuine appreciation for the full experience that an authentic bowl of ramen can give.
Even with restos dedicated to serving up only the finest bowls of ramen popping up left and right around the Metro, we’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this incredibly versatile traditional Japanese dish though. So to help get you started on your ramen education, here are seven ramen houses you should check out, stat!
Founded by Ramen King Shigemi Kawahara, a bowl of Ippudo ramen lives up to what one
might expect from a world-renowned master’s kitchen. Their Hakata-style tonkotsu-based broth
maintains a delicate balance of flavors that will keep you coming back for more!
5. Ramen Yushoken
Tucked away in the heart of the laid-back South in Molito Alabang, Ramen Yushoken has found
such a strong following that the owners even opened up a branch devoted solely to ramen.
Besides their ramen, their crunchy battered chicken karaage with an incredibly juicy inside is
also a must-try. But really, can we just say: That Ebi Tonkotsu Ramen LOOKS. DIVINE.
4. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Straightforward and traditional is the essence of Hokkaido Ramen Santouka. Served in their
signature thick blue ramen bowl with their signature pickled plum topping, their salt-based shio
soup with minimal artificial seasoning is made from scratch every. Single. Time. So you’re
guaranteed an authentic experience from aroma to flavor with each bowl.
3. Kichitora of Tokyo
Their specialty is the Paitan (chicken-braised broth) Ramen which pairs perfectly with their
gyoza. And with a name that translates to “Lucky Tiger of Tokyo,” how can you not be curious to
taste their offerings for yourself?
2. Ukokkei Ramen Ron
Ukokkei is a silky fowl with Chinese medicinal properties and is the food of the royals and
nobles. Get yourself a bowl of their ramen so you can be the kween that you are. They’re
incredibly committed to only serving the best so when their allotted broth for the day has been
consumed, then they close up shop with no exceptions.
1. Mendokoro Ramenba
I miss this face. . Go try Mendokoro Ramenba. The place is always packed and you'll have to wait in line outside. I'll be the nth person to say this, it's worth the wait and the price (around PhP400-500 or USD8-10). Not really the best place to hang around and talk with friends as you'll be quite shy to stay longer when you see people waiting for their turn to use your seat. Oh and I'm not trying to be a food blogger HAHAHA I'm just sharing how good this food is considering I'm not a huge fan of ramen. . Thanks to @thebillyofrights @shutterbugsy and @fatimatrj for always making me try ramen (from our Japan trip up to Ramen Nagi) and making me appreciate how good it really is 😉 . I think me being hungry now is one of the biggest factors why I'm posting this… 🤔🤔🤔 HAHAHAHA
The younger sister of Ramen Yushoken found in Salcedo Village, Mendokoro Ramenba
features a pure ramen menu with a bar set up for the most efficient service without sacrificing
taste and quality. They have a very limited 25-seater venue, so expect a line. But their shoyu
and miso ramen are totally worth queuing up for!