Yes, we love ramen! We would always go to any new ramen restaurants in the Metro even if we have to drive along the consistently-heavy-traffic stretch of Edsa just to eat.
Fortunately, our area is surrounded by spots for Japanese cuisines serving one of the best ramen in town. To our delight, do you know that there are two authentic ramen restos inside BF Homes? One just outside the village at Molito? Some more around the nearby malls?
Writing this makes me hungry already while anticipating a hot bowl and so to sum up the craving, here goes my top 7 ramen indulgence around South.
Don’t be intimidated by the long line; it’s worth the wait for a bowl of ramen at Yushoken. They offer the best slice of pork in rich, sumptuous broth. My frequent pick is Shoyu (soy sauce) Tonkotsu (pork bone broth), a salty pork bone ramen with shoyu and drizzled with Mayu (roasted garlic oil) with freshly made noodles. It is topped with chashu (Japanese braised pork belly), bamboo shoots, black fungus, sesame seeds and spring onions.
Favorites: Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen, Tantantmen, Gyoza
Address: Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Branch: Mendokoro Ramenba, Makati
Their ramen has a distinct flavor and you won’t confuse it with other brands. I particularly enjoy the Kyusyu Tonkotsu Garlic/Kuro Ramen because of its addictive garlicky taste. If one serving is not enough, you can request for one extra noodle for free.
Favorites: Kuro Ramen, Aka Ramen, Ebi Tempura, California Maki
Address: #96 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque
Soon to open branches: RCBC Plaza Makati Branch and ASEANA Branch
In operation only last February 2014, they managed to gain followers quite quickly. Nothing fancy here but just real good delicious noodles! You get to watch how your food is done by the owner/chef via its 12-seater restaurant fronting the kitchen itself. Their yakitori is also yum to try especially the enoki bacon maki (bacon rolled enoki mushroom).
Favorites: Chashu-men, Tantanmen, Enoki Bacon Maki
Address: Southland Apartelle, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque
They serve a wide selection of tonkotsu ramen while continuously adding more variety to their menu. We enjoyed trying different order for every visit and each one promises a hearty delicious Japanese noodle.
Favorites: Aburi Chashu Tonkotsu Ramen, Black Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen, Karaage
Address: LGF, The Garden, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa
Other Branches: Shangri-La Mall, SM Aura Premier, Powerplant Mall, Century City Mall, Bonifacio High Street, Estancia Mall
I recall eating on their first-ever branch along President’s Avenue, BF Homes but it was such a small nook. Eventually, they close this store back in August 2012 to relocate to a bigger venue. Ramen is not the only reason why we come here, other food variants are also worth a try!
Favorites: Shoyu Ramen, California Maki, Ebi Tempura, Katsudon
Address: Ground Floor, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Other Branch: Greenbelt 5
I prefer a really hot ramen soup but sometimes I fail to have that slurp when I need to feed my son first. Apparently, Volcano Ramen won’t get cold in a snap. It is served in sizzling broth but keeping the “al dente” texture of the noodles.
Favorites: Volcano Ramen, Ebi Tempura, Cereal Prawns
Address: Second Level, SM City BF, Sucat, Parañaque
Other Branch: Podium
We had a pulse of hunger late last night and opted for a take-out. While driving around BF, we pulled over a crowded, small-corner, opened-restaurant indicating “Ramen Gyoza” plus Japanese writing on their banner. We brought home a simple, hot noodle soup with full egg, 3 pieces thin chashu, spring onion toppings garnished in spices. Now if you are game for a quick, more affordable ramen fix then try it.
Favorite: Special Ramen
Address: Along Aguirre St., Phase 1 BF Homes
-UPDATE (as of August 2017)
UPDATE (as of August 2017)
Shitamachi – closed
Check the next listing for more ramen adventure: Ramen House to Visit around Alabang (part 2)
Photo Source: Image via FB page of each restaurant except from the last photo.