I can eat Ramen every day. That’s what I discovered when I went to Japan for a month.
I love noodles specifically Pancit Canton. I survived college with the help of Pancit Canton. It came to a point that I perfected my pancit canton cooking style. Also good with soft-boiled egg, cabbage, with pandesal, etc. I want my noodles just saucy. I don’t want them with soup. Maybe I associate them with my childhood. If my father would be too lazy to cook, he’ll just pop a pack or two. Sometimes with too much water or not enough because it’s been cooking more than it’s supposed to. And the noodles are always soggy which I hate.
My first time to try a ramen is not in Japan. It was in Moshi Koshi in SM North Edsa. It costs 300+ pesos for a bowl. I didn’t enjoy my first time. It’s too salty for my liking and the noodles are a bit soggy when they served the bowl. I didn’t attempt to eat Ramen again. I promised to myself that my next ramen bowl will be in Japan just to be sure.
During our stay in Japan, we ate more than 5 different ramen flavors from different Ramen restaurants. But the ramen above is my favorite. I don’t know what it’s called because they don’t have an English menu. We just pointed what we want and voila! I ordered a ramen set so it came with a fried rice. The fried rice is equally delicious.
The average price for a ramen set is 800 yen. It consists of a bowl of ramen, rice and tea. Sometimes they come with gyoza and kimchi.
In the Philippines, there are several Ramen Houses already. But even if it’s a chain from Japan, nothing beats a bowl of Ramen eaten in Japan. It’s a magical experience.