There’s No Better Men Than Ramen, But Who Sends the Best Noods?

Just as there are many ramen shops around the world, there are also many techniques and add-on options for this Japanese noodle soup. Some come with a rich and meaty broth; while others are light, fluid, and delicately seasoned. There are thick noodles, thin noodles, lean pieces of meat, and even fatty ones. Toppings can vary from bowl to bowl, and so does the level of spiciness— if there is some heat involved, anyway.

Now that a lot of ramen restaurants have opened up in the Philippines, we’re pretty sure that the choices can be overwhelming. Not to worry— we’ve made things easier by sampling a few and making a comparative review of each one (wow, so technical!).

I tried 6 different kinds of Ramen— here’s what I think of them

Disclaimer: These ramen dishes all come in DIY kits. Therefore, some components (such as the firmness of the noodles) may vary depending on how you prepare it.

6. Tantanmen from Ohayo Maki and Ramen Bar

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In rain or shine, there is nothing more satisfying than a bowl of Ramen. It's a warm hug all rolled in one, with a rich hearty broth, springy noodles, those aromatic spring onion, and a piece of tender meat to complete the package. But I like some spice in my ramen once in a while— that's why a bowl of Tantanmen hits the spot, every time. —— Today, I finally got to try the Tantanmen of @ohayomakiandramenbar— an underrated little ramen shop in Granada Street, just shy of Ortigas Avenue. My sister has been waxing poetics about it, saying that it's a pretty close dupe of Mendokoro, but cheaper. Don’t get me wrong though— this restaurant is on a class of its own too. —— True to her word, the Tantanmen had the same characteristically rich broth— a nutty, spicy mix of slow-cooked pork with some heat to it. The egg noodles were thick, softer the longer they sat with the soup. And instead if a fatty piece of pork— sinful as that sounds— I got ground pork that had a touch of fattiness of their own. Overall, the heat level is manageable, though admittedly, it's very rich and flavorful, so I diluted mine a bit when cooking it. Although portions are good for one, I say this can be shared. —— The Salmon Maki Roll, on the other hand, was an indulgent, creamy mix of its own. The vinegared sushi rice was fluffy, and it encased sweet mango, diced salmon sashimi— topped with a creamy mix of more salmon and mango. It's sweet, savory and fishy (but in a good way) and served as a welcoming contrast to the bold ramen flavors. . . . Ohayo offers pickup and delivery this quarantine from 12NN to 7PM. They have a ₱500 minimum and a ₱50 delivery fee for near areas, but you can always book your own courier should you crave their ramen. And this Ramen comes in a kit that you can heat up and assemble. That way, it's fresh when you have it. Check out more details in my @wheninmanila article. ? —— Thanks for sending this over! ❤️ . . . #friedandprejudice #quarantineeats #quarantinefood #ramen #ohayoramen

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The Tantanmen of Ohayo Maki and Ramen Bar has a very rich broth made of a spicy mix of slow-cooked pork with some heat to it. There is also a nutty flavor that lingers, melding over the broth’s delicate spiciness. The egg noodles are thick, too, but they soften after sitting in the soup for a long time. Meanwhile, the usual indulgent piece of Chasu pork is replaced with ground pork, which is also somewhat fatty. Overall, the heat level is manageable, though it’s admittedly very rich and flavorful. Don’t worry— you can always dilute it while cooking.

Price: Php370

Broth: Very Rich

Noodle Hardness: Moderately Soft

Noodle Thickness: Moderately Thick

Spicy Level: Moderately Spicy

5. Tori King from Ramen Keisuke

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Instead of the classic rich pork broth base that most shops use, Ramen Keisuke’s Ramen is made of a lighter chicken base. Don’t underestimate the soup yet, though— it’s just as rich and flavorful as other ramen variants. Basic components of the Tori King feature thin and straight noodles, mushrooms, and spring onions. The noodles have a springy mouthfeel, and they surprisingly maintain their form even after sitting in the broth for a long time. The real showstopper, however, is the meaty chicken leg and thigh. Now this is something you don’t see everyday!

Price: Php412

Broth: Rich

Noodle Hardness: Normal

Noodle Thickness: Thin

Spicy Level: N/A

4. Spicy Ramen from Uma Uma Ramen

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Long delayed, but better late than never! Introducing the best ramen I've had in @umaumaph— the Spicy Chasiu Ramen. ? No question, ramen is their specialty, and they bring great things to the table. ?? If you're a spicy aficionado such as myself, you'll definitely appreciate this combination of rich pork broth with chili oil mixed in and springy noodles. It's topped with spicy marinaded slices of Chasiu pork, egg and aromatics like leeks and onions. ❤️ The spiciness here is not like the sudden hit of Fire Noodles that leave a stinging sensation— rather, it's a mild heat that's slow at first, and spreads around evenly. ?Plus, you still get to taste the salty, creamy flavors of the ramen while you're at it. The best part of this dish? The broth. Don't worry— it doesn't have MSG, so you can finish it to your heart's content! ? ——— Thanks for the invite, Uma Uma! . . . #food #foodie #foodblog #foodblogger #foodgasm #foodporn #foodstagram #eat #whattoeatph #zomatoph #yum #picoftheday #zomato #best #invitation #restaurant #good #recommended #photooftheday #like #follow #followme #instagram #eeeeeats #philippines #foodphotography #japanesefoodph #UmaUmaPH #TheAmenInRamen #discovermnl

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Uma Uma’s Spicy Ramen is made up of rich pork broth with chili oil mixed in, paired with thin and straight noodles. To finish things off, spicy marinated slices of Chashu pork can be found on top along with egg, leeks, and onions. The heat in this dish does not leave a stinging sensation, either— rather, it’s a mild heat that gradually builds up and gradually ebbs away. Pair this with the creaminess of the broth— an MSG-free one at that!— and it’s one bowl that you’ll finish until the last drop.

Price: Php390

Broth: Balanced

Noodle Hardness: Normal

Noodle Thickness: Thin

Spicy Level: Spicy

3. Curry Ramen from Yummy Tokyo

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Yummy Tokyo’s Ramen— both the dine-in and DIY versions – remain as affordable and as authentic as can be. The Curry Ramen, for example, features a pork-based broth with miso, and creamy notes of curry mixed in. The handmade wavy noodles are thin and springy, and gradually soften as they sit in the soup yet still maintain their form. Meanwhile, the accompanying components of Aji Tamago egg and thin slice Chashu tie everything together, although the pork is more on the fatty side. For the price, it has definitely exceeded my expectations.

Price: Php169

Broth: Balanced

Noodle Hardness: Moderately Soft

Noodle Thickness: Thin

Spicy Level: N/A

2. Super Chashu of Mendokoro Ramenba

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The quarantine has me browsing the internet for restaurants that deliver, and imagine how happy I was when I discovered that @mendokoro_ramenba is part of the list! That's means that ramen lovers can enjoy their favorite noods— from their Shiyo, Shoyu, not-so-secret Giant Chasu, among others. Plus, their Gyoza is up for grabs too. —— While the line is long, and a 2 to 3 week wait is in order, it's important to note that they send Ramen Kits to you. That's deconstructed elements of your ramen, which you then have to heat up and put together. There may be work involved, but the end result is worth it because you get ramen as though it were freshly served in the restaurant itself. —— So far, my favorites include their Super Chasu— a  meaty ramen that comes with a rich pork broth, springy noodles, and a massive (and I repeat massive) slice of slightly charred, slightly sweet but savory pork. Another fave was their Shoyu— a classic, soy-based ramen with a thinner slice of pork and the same rich broth. The Gyoza is a must-have too. The filling is just like the chasu— savory but with a subtle sweetness. Skin is not thick, and it has that combination of softness on top and a satisfying crunch once you reach the bottom. —— Sadly, Quezon City isn't covered by the delivery, but if you live somewhere in Makati, Pasay, Taguig, Pasig, San Juan and Mandaluyong, then you're lucky enough to be part of the area. Now, I'm secretly hoping someone will send me noods. Noodles, mind you. Not nudes. Yikes. ? . . . More details in my @wheninmanila article. ❤️ —— #friedandprejudice #welovetoeatph #wlteplus #seemslegeat #zomatoph #whattoeatph #wheninmanila #wimyummy #discovermnl #dmfoodseries #quarantineeats #quarantinefood #takeout #delivery #mendokororamenba #ramen #noods #sendnoods #noodsnoodsnoods #notsponsored

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A not-so-secret menu item from Mendokoro Ramenba, the Super Chashu, is a smokier version of the restaurant’s Shoyu Ramen. The pork-based broth is thick and quite rich, and can be quite filling when paired with their thick noodles. However, the definite showstopper is the large, lean piece of Chashu. Slow-cooked until tender, this slice of pork is smoky, umami, and slightly sweet. While tasty and very meaty, this ramen can be heavy. Make sure you work up a huge appetite before digging in!

Price: Php560

Broth: Rich

Noodle Hardness: Moderately Soft

Noodle Thickness: Moderately Thick

Spicy Level: N/A

1. Karakamen from Ippudo

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Whenever I go to @ippudoph in @smmegamall, I'd often choose their Akamaru Ramen— a pork tonkotsu ramen with black garlic, as well as the usual trimmings of noodles, char siu and spring onions. —— But this time, I switched things up by ordering their Karaka Ramen. This spicy variant comes with thin wavy noodles (which looked just like instant noodles), slices of pork belly, and a special mix of spicy ground pork in miso plus spring onions— all swimming in a pork tonkotsu pork. The spiciness was mild, nearly negligible for me, but that's on a subjective basis. —— I did though add more garlic cause I wanted to fill the void with some tangy garlicky flavors. And call me strange, but did you know that it actually tasted even better when you add some vinegar in it? That sour acidity really brought out the flavors of the ramen (though it could still use a touch of heat— easily remedied by the chili oil they serve on the side). —— And the Gyoza? Let me tell you— it may look small, but these potstickers come with tons of meaty flavor. Plus, I just can't get enough of their sour-spicy sauce. Yum yum yum! ? . . . #friedandprejudice #ippudoph #ramen #worldfamousramen #welovetoeatph #whattoeatph #discovermnl #wheninmanila #foodgrammerph #alwayshungryph #wlteplus #dmfoodseries #wimyummy #notsponsored

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The Karakamen is a spicy variant from Ippudo that comes with thin, wavy noodles, slices of Chashu pork belly, and a blend of spicy ground pork in miso— all swimming in a flavorful pork broth. The spiciness gives a mild tickle in the throat— barely there, which allows the delicate pork flavors to shine in the ramen. The slice of pork may be thin, but it is lean at the very least. As for the aromatics, some finely chopped spring onion gives a refreshing contrast to the overall meaty flavors of this dish.

Price: Php405

Broth: Balanced

Noodle Hardness: Balanced

Noodle Thickness: Thin

Spicy Level: Mild

What’s your favorite DIY ramen? Have you tried any yet?

(Cover Photo from Ohayo Maki and Ramen Bar)


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