Tag Archives: Japanese

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

28 May

So, how many times have I mentioned that I’m a sucker for Japanese food? Hundreds of times perhaps? Yeah I passionately love Japanese cuisine and I can eat it every single day! 🙂 For real! Hence, I am always on the lookout for new Japanese restos in the city (aside from visting my regular favorites). Thank God for the ramen craze in the Manila, more and more authentic Japanese restos have been sprouting here and there. An old time favorite would be Ukokkei Ramen Ron in Pasay Road Makati but the parking is always full and the resto is always cramped.  It’s good to have alternatives especially during rainy “craving prone” days/nights. I’ve discovered that Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is a great alternative, in fact it might even be better! 🙂

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is the legendary ramen brand that offers the same family recipe since 1988, enjoyed throughout Japan and in other international cities such as Taipei, Malaysia, Singapore, Hongkong, Indonesia, USA, Canada and now in the Philippines! It is one of the best ramen franchises originating from Hokkaido, north of Japan. (Source: OurAwesomePlanet)

I deem the word legendary to be an apt adjective to describe Ramen Santouka. Their ramen was indeed soooo good it looks like they have maintained the quality of their food for a long time and regardless of the location. I enjoyed my meal so much! My Shio Ramen had a the perfect Japanese taste. I chose the mild salt flavor that night instead of my usual hot and spicy but it didn’t fail to please my taste buds. My only concern would be the serving size – it was a bit too small for me. I imagine it would be okay for “normal eaters” and not “piggy eaters” like myself haha! My Sake Ikura Gohan (Grilled Salmon & Salmon Roe Rice Bowl) was also delicious and so cheap! Such a bargain for P170. And of course, any meal wouldn’t be complete without dessert – the Matcha (Green Tea) Cake was oh so yummy! Everything was commendable and my tummy and taste buds enjoyed. 🙂 Oh and service was not bad as well.

Sorry for the lame photo – I was too excited to eat.

Ramen, Rice Bowl, Matcha Cake

Ramen, Rice Bowl, Matcha Cake

 

Unfortunately, many people have discovered this gem of a resto in the busy Glorietta mall so there’s always a line as you wait to be seated. But I don’t mind waiting for 10-15 minutes, the food is worth the wait. Just come earlier during peak hours (lunch and dinner time). For private/group functions, they have I think about two function rooms you can reserve.

Can’t wait to visit Ramen Santouka again! If it rains this Friday, I’m so going to drag my hubby with me. Haha! 🙂

 

 

 

Japanese-food-a-holic,

♥ Abby Wasabi

Gyu-Kaku

27 May

Konichiwa, friends! 🙂 So here’s something interesting – though I’m a Japanese food addict,  I never really became a fan of Yakiniku or Japanese BBQ. Kinda weird right? The “cook-your-BBQ-on-the-smokeless-grill-in-front-of-you-concept” just doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe because I’d rather cook in my kitchen and when I eat out it means I do not want to cook! 🙂 Also, the taste of Yakiniku doesn’t excite me that much. It’s just grilled meat for goodness sake, nothing special haha! Okay, sorry, enough pessimism.  I’d still end up eating Yakiniku one way or another anyway. Since people were raving about the the much-anticipated opening of Gyu-Kaku in Manila (Apparently it’s the world’s No. 1 Japanese BBQ Yakiniku brand), we decided to give it a try. 🙂

Gyu-Kaku is located at the W Center near Bonifacio Highstreet.  It’s right beside iHop. The resto is not that big, although it has two floors. I prefer the ground floor because of the high ceiling but unfortunately we were seated on the upper floor. I automatically disliked the table because I couldn’t stretch my legs. Space was cramped for six people. 😦

Now onto the food… well I can’t really say much about the food except – I LOVED THE WAGYU. That’s it. Apart from the Wagyu, there was nothing else special. The Bibimbap was decent but not great. The Assorted Mushrooms were so-so. Only the Wagyu beef made my dining experience delightful. Sorry for the Yakiniku fans out there but really, I don’t get it! 🙂

Ishiyaki Mentaiko Bibimbap

Ishiyaki Mentaiko Bibimbap

 

Wagyu (Raw)

Wagyu (Raw)

 

By the way, Wagyu being Wagyu, came with a somewhat hefty price tag so be prepared to shell out P1,750 for Wagyu ribeye, P1,850 for Wagyu Sirloin, and P2,350 for Wagyu Tenderloin. All 200 grams.

For Yakiniku lovers, I think you might enjoy it here so give it a try but for people like me, hmm I suggest we stick to our good old Little Tokyo restos/Sugi/Magetsu/Nihon Bashi Tei/et al. 🙂

 

 

 

Convince Me More Yakiniku,

♥ Abby Wasabi

Ukokkei A-OK!

17 Jul

FOREVER CRAVING – this is how I feel towards Ukokkei Ramen. I’m ALWAYS craving for it! I can always eat it even if I’m alreay full (agh such a glutton)!

Like fries, French macarons, CPK salad, and Japanese cuisine, Ukokkei Ramen (well it is considered Japanese too) has joined the top notchers of my super favorite food list! 🙂

Ukokkei’s Tan Tan Men is just true love in a bowl. ♥ I am such a fan of the rich and spicy miso-based soup with roasted sesame oil! Very very tasty mmm. The perfectly cooked al dente noodles made it even more delectable. Talking about it now makes my tummy grumble. Perfect for rainy days! ☂ Actually, it can be my comfort food any time of day and any kind of day haha! 🙂

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Tan Tan Men is just my ultimate fave but other dishes like the Seafood Ramen, Gyoza, and Spicy Prawns are dee-liciouss as well! 🙂

Visit Ukkokei Ramen Ron along Pasay Road in Makati and change your ramen life forever hahahaha! 🙂

Laters babes!

 

 

Ramen Ravin’,

Abby Wasabi