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