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I love noodles, it’s my comfort food ever since I was a child I would cook maggi instant noodles for breakfast or merienda sometimes when I’m sick I would request my mama to cook noodles for me and to make it extra special she would add sesame oil in my noodle broth and it would tastes much better :) also one of my fondest memories was when my mama’s friends who resides in Japan would visit and give us pasalubong aside from the soaps and lotion I would anticipate the big nissin cup noodle, one time I ate it all by myself, a big steaming bowl of nissin and I finished it all down to the last sip even if my mama insisted that I share it with my brother, lucky for me my brother is not fond of noodles. The Ramen Craze has hit Manila since last year, I’m so happy because I get to try different varieties of ramen, some are even close to the authentic Japanese ramen, well one Japanese blogger said it so it must be legit. I’ve tried some of these ramen and so far here are my thoughts.
1. Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen
This is the first ramen house that I tried, I had their Ajitama Tonkotsu. The first sip of the broth was heaven in my mouth, I never had broth tastes like that before, rich and flavorful.
2. Kichitora of Tokyo Ramen
This is my second ramen house and tried their best seller Paitan ramen, I always try the best seller if I’m trying the restaurant for the first time just to be safe, that or something with chicken. The Paitan Ramen has a very creamy and rich flavor. Kitchitora’s broth was made from chicken while tonkotsu of Ikkoryu was made from pork broth. I read somewhere that Kitchitora was a concept restaurant by a group of Filipinos but with Japanese partners and that the recipes that they brought were a compilation of ramen from the different parts of Japan, so I guess they took into consideration the local taste that’s why it’s more palatable to me. Since I love their ramen broths Ive tried 3 dishes from them, Paitan, Hokkaido Miso and my favorite the Tan Tan Mien Ramen. Tan tan mien is a little spicy with a very flavorful nutty broth because of the sesame, this is still my no. 1 ramen so far.
pictures grabbed from kichitora fb page
3. Mitsuyado Sei-Men
Although they offer ramen, their specialty is Tsukemen and I had to try it, I ordered the Karashi tsukemen (recommended by the lady waiting on us) while my friend ordered their famous cheese tsukemen. 1 word YUMMY! I just asked some of my friend’s cheese to add to my noodles and voila 2 in 1 flavor :P been meaning to go back but just can’t find the time I also want to try their ramen plus beside their resto is a japanese bakery.
4. Ramen Daisho
Their specialty broth is made from black chicken or Ukokkei, I ordered Hakata tonkotsu chasu men, it has a clean taste not very creamy like Kichitora’s but still flavorful, a japanese blogger recommended Daisho for their Miso ramen so maybe next time I’ll try that. :)
5. Tampopo Ramen
I enjoyed watching that movie- Tampopo meaning "dandelion" :) anyway back to ramen another tonkotsu based broth but they’re using top grade black pig according to them. I ordered the deluxe hakodate ramen and my hubby ordered deluxe tampopo black pig ramen. I like my order it has a very flavorful broth, but it had that after taste that doesn’t agree with me (medyo malansa) also I love menma in my ramen so I had an additional order of it however if I compare the menma of Kichitora, Daisho and Ikkoryu with their menma it was a dissapointment it has a hint of a sour taste and the texture is very soft as supposed to the chewy with a little bite texture. Also Mar’s ramen was the spicy one but the chili overpowered the broth of the ramen so it’s a little sad.
Special Mention: Though its not the typical ramen house this is my go to ramen to fill my ramen cravings :)
Kimono Ken : Miso Ramen, love the broth of this lowly noodle dish lots of onions, crunchy bean sprouts and it has a generous amount of minced pork, I just like the over all taste and texture.
So here are some of the Ramen houses that I have yet to try:
1. Ramen Santouka
3. Hanamaruken Ramen
4. Ramen Nagi
5. Ukokkei Ramen Ron
7. Wrong Ramen
I might try Ippudo next :)