Are you ready for the best Ramen in town?

History might have left some wounds in the heart of Filipino people during the Japanese regime, but they swiftly heal as most of us, Pinoys are now embracing the rich culture that is genuinely Japanese. 

We can't deny the fact that all of us, from kids to the kids-at-heart go crazy over a lot of Japanese anime such as Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Cardcaptor Sakura and a lot more when they aired to our local television networks. Ask Filipino travelers about their bucketlist and Japan is surely one of the top three. Filipino hearts were captured by Hello Kitty, Sadako scared us all but we enjoyed the movie,  matcha is a craving and we get inspirations from cherry blossoms - from decors to scents. Truly, the Japanese-Filipino friendship is getting a tighter bond as each nation learns to trade in tradition, culture, and experiences.

Filipinos love for anything Japanese was once again proven when Hakata Ikkousha, the ramen franchise from Fukuoka, Japan; opened Ikkousha Ramen, its first Metro Manila branch on March 3, 2018. The place was jampacked with customers excited to try this new ramen in town. The store was filled with diners while there were still a lot of people who were waiting for their turn outside of the store. Hakata Ikkousha Manila, the second Ikkousha branch in the Philippines (the first was in Cebu) is located at the Upper Ground Flr. Expansion Wing of the Festival Mall Alabang, Muntinlupa City. They offered buy one get one on all ramen on the day of its grand opening which really became a hit among the people from Muntinlupa and nearby cities.

Aside from the buy one get one treat for the first 300 bowls, two soft opening days, during which 100 bowls of ramen were served daily, were held on the 26th and 27th of February. 

The core of Ikkousha’s menu is the tonkotsu ramen, also known as Hakata ramen, after the place in Fukuoka City known for this ramen style. Its defining characteristic is its tonkotsu broth, which is made by simmering pork bones for many hours. The result is a thick, creamy soup base – almost milky in its consistency and color – that is flavorful as well as rich in collagen. 

Furthermore, the noodles served in Ikkousha branches are produced in Ikkousha’s own noodle factory. Each bowl of ramen is topped with carefully seasoned and tender slices of cha-shu (braised pork). The ramen comes in several varieties: the classic tonkotsu; tonkotsu black, which has mayu (black garlic oil) for a more intense flavor; God Fire, the spicy variant that comes in four spice levels; and shio tonkotsu, which combines tonkotsu and shio (salt) broth for a lighter-bodied soup base.

Hakata Ikkousha will surely continue to delight the palate of the Filipinos and it will further strengthen the influence of Japanese in the local culinary scene because what they serve is authentic Japanese.

Southern peeps, you are lucky enough to have an easy access to the best ramen in town. 

For more updates, pls. visit Ikkousha FB -

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