Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is yet another one of those authentic Japan-based ramen joints that arrived here just in time for the ramen craze sweeping across Metro Manila. Ikkoryu, which was launched by Yamagoya Ramen, has actually been around in Japan since the 1970’s! They specialize in thin, straight Chikuho noodles floating inside a bowl of hearty tonkotsu broth.

For 40 years, Ikkoryu has been making innovations to their ramen in order to satisfy the taste of their customers. Their ultimate goal is to spread Japan’s well-loved ramen culture all across the globe.

Menu: Ramen specials (vegi tama tonkotsu, ninniku tonkotsu, tantan tonkotsu), Ramen (yuzu tama tonkotsu, ajitama tonkotsu, aburi chashu tonkotsu, takana tonkotsu), Topping, Kobachi (uni sauce with chips), Itamemono (ika butter), Agemono (karaage), Rice menu (chashu don, aburi chashu don, ninniku yakimeshi, takana yakimeshi), Salad (hiyashi chukka), Dessert.

The humble Gyoza makes a comeback in this entry.

Black Garlic Tonkotsu ramen, one of Ikkoryu’s bestselling dishes. The top of the broth was blanketed in a thin layer of special roast garlic oil, giving it a unique appearance. It has a strong, robust flavor too. The slice of chashu was sooooo tender; it literally melted in my mouth.

Mom ordered a bowl of their Ikkoryu Original Tonkotsu ramen. The broth had a milder, more flavorful taste than my Black Garlic ramen. I think I’ll order this one instead when I come back. This ramen also had a slice of chashu, as well as green onions, bamboo shoots, wood ear mushrooms and a piece of dried seaweed.

What makes Ikkoryu’s ramen super authentic? First of all, their noodles are freshly made from Japanese flour. Constant attention is paid towards the room’s humidity and temperature, so they can guarantee that their noodles have a high-quality texture and taste. A secret soy sauce is added in their tonkotsu broth, producing rich and flavorful ramen soup. Preparing the broth can take several hours, but everything is simply worth it in the end.

Okay – Personally I didn’t exactly enjoy their Black Garlic tonkotsu because of its intense, garlicky taste. But I will come back to Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen for sure, so I can choose the type of ramen that will blow me away.

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is located at 5/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, East Wing, Shaw Blvd cor EDSA Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. Tel no: (02) 477-8333. You can also find them at Bonifacio High Street, Powerplant Mall, SM Aura, and Century City Mall.

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