A bowl of hot ramen is always my anticipation and a meal desire over lunch or dinner (and yes even snacks). To our delight, more and more Japanese noodle chains are opening around Alabang. Feasting for a shoyu ramen overload, here comes the additional ramen indulgence Southies can explore at their liking:
Butamaru started a month-long ramen mission to Kyushu Island in Fukuoka, Japan and bringing their 40 years expertise in the Philippines. This is one of my favorites among my list today! Slurp the 16-hour tonkotsu broth inspired by the many variations of Hakata-style ramen; bite the chasyu (Japanese braised pork belly) in round, melt in your mouth slices.
There are just times that the taste of soup is not very consistent (too salty) so I hope they sort it out. But if prepared the right way, then ramen experience will make you go back here over and over. Don’t forget to take a munch of Toriten, tempura style fried chicken, on the side.
Favorites: Shoyu Ramen, Tantanmen, Toriten
Address: CE405 Westgate Center, Commerce Avenue corner Filinvest Avenue
Get a bowl of their Signature Happiness Ramen, a shoyu tonkotsu broth ramen topped with tender, slow-braised custom cut soft-bone rib. If the pork of other restos may feel not enough, then Hanamaruken’s portion is guaranteed to fill the tummy at the fullest. It’s so huge you’ll get to think twice if you are burping for the delicious garlicky soup, the fine noodle, or the rib slab itself!
Favorites: Signature Happiness Ramen, Prawn Tempura
Address: 2L New Wing, Alabang Town Center
Branches: Trinoma and the Grove by Rockwell
This is the first international branch of the Tokyo Station Outlet that has been in Japan’s operation for 45 years. Soup for a shoyu-flavor is clear and simple, the noodle is just plain okay but I think the store is worth visiting for it still has that unique, no-frill ramen goodness. It kept a delicate distinction that I’m sure ramen-seekers would want to try. The location is very nice too as it sits beside the river with such refreshing view.
Favorites: Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen
Address: The River Park, Festival Supermall
Born in Japan back in 1988 and serving in international cities as Taipei, Malaysia, Singapore, Hongkong, Indonesia, USA, Canada and the Philippines. It has reached 7 branches in the country including the newly opened last October 15 at Alabang Town Center. Despite the consistent expansion, I did not find anything special on their shoyu ramen, the soup is somewhat sweet, milky and creamy (not a usual criteria to address my craving) and there is nothing legendary with the quality of noodle. Maybe next time I will try the chicken ramen instead, a light chicken soup with a hint of fish(?).
Favorites: Tori Karaage
Address: Ground Floor Alabang Town Center
Branches: Glorietta 4, MOA, Greenhills Old Promenade, Trinoma, Eastwood Libis, Ayala Serin Tagaytay
Photo Source: Image via FB page of each restaurant