By Ana Margarita Olar | Foodfindsasia.com
Ramen is a rainy season favorite. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth. It is often flavored with soy sauce or miso and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, and green onions.
Here are some of the finest ramen havens in the City:
- Ukokkei Ramen Ron Pasay Road, Makati
Famous for their authentic Japanese ramen, limited tantanmen bowls, and the legendary “Ramen Nazi,” you are not a true ramen foodie if you have not tried their ramen made with Silkie chicken broth.
Their Tantanmen flaunts the most memorable, creamy miso broth that contains no milk or peanuts; instead it’s mixed with a ground sesame paste that gives a unique, nutty flavor. There’s a slightly spicy kick to this one, which made it more intense with full-flavored ground pork and leeks.
- Hanamaruken Ramen TriNoma, Quezon City
If you’re looking for a salty kick in your taste buds, try Hanamaruken’s signature Happiness Ramen. The flavors of garlic and pork take center stage with every slurp, and they’re complemented by the large piece of super tender pork rib that comes with every order.
- Mitsuyado Sei-Men Jupiter St., Makati
One could say that Mitsuydo Sei-Men started the ramen boom in Manila. Mitsuyado Sei-Men is especially famous for Tsukemen. You should try Cheese Sauce Tsukemen. And while everyone else is going crazy over who’s got the best Tantanmen, or whose Tonkotsu broth is the richest, Mitsuyado relaxes comfortably at the top of the Tsukemen Mountain. It is the place to go for the best specialty dipping noodles in Manila.
- Kichitora of Tokyo SM Megamall, Ortigas Center
If you’re a chicken lover and is in for lighter soup, you should try Kitchitora ramen. They’re one of the few places that use a chicken-based broth. Also, if you want a little push you can taste the spicy version of their hit Paitan Ramen.
- Ramen Nagi SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City
Based solely on the insane number of reviews that their branches have received this past year, Ramen Nagi was without a doubt, the most popular ramen joint of 2014. Their Tonkotsu base broth has the authentic Japanese tonkatsu taste. You can choose based on the firmness of ramen, and the toppings, according to your taste buds cravings.