Ramen, Ramen, Ramen!

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June to September is the rainy season in the Philippines. Because it’s the rainy season and the weather gets really cold, I get usual cravings for Ramen like a pregnant woman craves for nearly anything! Ramen comforts me and makes me really happy especially in a gloomy season filled with rain. I’ve managed to rank the best ramen I’ve tasted within Metro Manila, and most of which can be found in Makati!

1. UKKOKEI RAMEN RON

Located in Pasay Road in Makati, this Ramen restaurant looks simple and humble, but it’s hard to ignore especially that the soupy broth of their ramen lures you to go inside their restaurant and have a sampling of the greatest ramen experience of your life.

Rule of thumb says that the best way to assess the authenticity of the cuisine is by looking at the locals how patronize the restaurant. The best way to assess whether the ramen you are about to eat is spectacular? Look at the other customers. If you see lots of Japanese nationals frequenting the place, it must be really good. Furthermore, try looking for the chef. If you see a Japanese chef, smile and enjoy  slurp your ramen.  And I am assuring you that these two criteria will be met if you decide to visit the place.

Why is Ukkokei Ramen so good? Their soup broth is prepared 48 hours in advance. Yes, that’s two days in advance. They use black chicken bones and slowly boil them overnight until it disintegrates. To make the broth extra yummy and extra authentic, they place Japanese herbs to make the broth more delicious and exciting. Because of this carefully prepared procedure to make soup, there may be chances that some customers may run out of soup. Depending on the volume of customers who enter and eat, the restaurant closes no matter what time of day it is.

Ukkokei Shoyu Ramen (P330), a soy-based ramen

Chasu Miso Ramen (P380), a miso-based ramen with pork slices

Ukokkei Ramen Ron
G/F Tesoro Bldg., 822 A. Arnaiz Ave.,
San Lorenzo VillageMakati City
+632 856 4588
2. KENJI TEI RAMEN HOUSE
If you’re craving for ramen but find usual ramen joints as expensive, fret no more. You can gladly rejoice because Kenji Tei Ramen House will offer you superb ramen with a very reasonable price. I suggest that you head down south and take a slurp of this very yummy ramen served in generous amounts.  Nestled in a quaint restaurant with a small dining area but beautiful interiors, Kenji Tei offers maximum satisfaction that is very much worth your visit down south.
Let me show you the reason why Kenji Tei is a must-visit Ramen house.The broth tastes authentic. Besides that, the noodles are made fresh everyday and has a great consistency, and the presentation is superb!
Shoyu Ramen (P180)
Mabo Tofu Ramen (P220)
As of this post, I’ve just learned that they’re going to open up a branch in Greenbelt 5. Hooray, a Makati branch for everyone to visit!
Kenji Tei Ramen House
President’s Ave. BF Homes Paranaque Tel. No. 556-8805

Open from 11 am – 230 pm,
530 pm – 10 pm

3.  SHINJUKU RAMEN HOUSE
If there is an institution in the name of ramen-making, perhaps it would be Shinjuku, as it has been known for its superb ramen for 25 years now.  Located among the chain of Japanese restaurants in Little Tokyo,  Shinjuku has a following of loyal Japanese and Filipino customers alike.
The rule of thumb for the authenticity of the ramen applies here (much like Ukkokei). However, compared to Kenji Tei, Shinjuku Ramen may be a little bit more expensive but really delicious.
Shinjuku Ramen House
2277 Chino Roces Ave., Makati, Philippines
4. RAMEN BAR
Entering a restaurant with a minimalist feel, you’d get the vibe that you are about to have an authentic Japanese ramen experience. Famous for their house specialties with broths boiled for 20 hours, it’s taste would definitely linger in your mouth.

Super Chasyu Ramen (P380). Soy-infused Tonkotsu Ramen topped with overflowing slices of chasyu and tamago.

Tamago – Soft Boiled Egg marinated for 48 hours
Tonkotsu – Pork Bone Soup boiled for 20 hours
Chasyu – Sliced Pork

R.B.S. #1 (Ramen Bar Special #1 – P380). Soy-infused Tonkotsu Ramen topped with tamago, naruto, nori, negi, chasyu and kakuni.

Kakuni – Braised Pork Belly
Naruto – Fish Sticks
Nori – Dried Seaweed
Negi – Spring Onion

Ramen Bar:  G/F Eastwood Mall , Libis, Quezon City, Philippines

Let’s see each other in Ramen Heaven!!!

About Mia G.

Teacher Mia. A Happy Girl. Chaser of dreams. Believer of living out each beautiful dream. A Full-time Preschool Teacher with a part-time job of being a happy traveler and wanderer. Co-founder of Destination Getaways Travel and Tours! A Proud Filipina who wants to travel the world one place at a time, one breathtaking moment at a time. Join the personal accounts of my adventures and misadventures and random experiences in our big and beautiful classroom-- the world. Share my experiences on spontaneity, excitement, adventure, travel, exploration, gastronomic encounters, and everything in between!

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