Hanamaruken

Hanamaruken Ramen is a Japanese ramen joint that started out in 1982. Its founder, a chef named Takaku Arakawa, came from a family of butchers – So this background served as an inspiration to merge two distinct types of food: Meat and ramen. Chef Arakawa believes that a good cut of meat, combined with the chef’s passion for cooking, is the secret to creating the perfect bowl of ramen. Today, Hanamaruken has over 40 branches, with most of them located in Osaka. It is also a subsidiary of the Arakawa Pork Company, one of Japan’s biggest suppliers of meat.

At first I thought that Hanamaruken was going to be one of those ‘hard-to-reach’ restaurants, since their branches were located in Trinoma and ATC. Luckily, a new branch opened recently in The Grove, near Eastwood – So now I (gladly) have no more excuses to skip out on trying their delicious ramen bowls.

Interior. I’m just gonna assume that their branch in Trinoma is much bigger…

Menu: Hanamaruken Ramen (spare rib ramen, pot belly ramen, arakawa abura soba, champon), Small Plates, Extras, Rice Bowls (happiness rice bowl, drunk man rice bowl), Drinks.

Of course no ramen entry is complete without a plate of Gyoza. Hehe.

And here is Hanamaruken’s signature dish – The Signature Happiness Ramen! Shoyu-based tonkotsu broth with pork ribs and soft-boiled egg. This has got to be the biggest bowl of ramen that I’ve seen in my life so far – But boy oh boy, ‘happiness’ is definitely the perfect way to describe how I felt after eating this dish, even though the noodles kinda reminded me of the ones used in instant ramen, and my parents thought that the broth was a tad bit too oily/garlicky. The huge slab of slow-braised soft-bone pork rib makes up for it, though. By the way, the Signature Happiness ramen is a creation of Chef Arakawa.

Their Tempura was a bit… Hmmm. :\ I only tried one piece. Let’s just say I’ve had better tempura than this one… Sorry!

I still consider Hanamaruken’s food top notch, even though it kinda pales in comparison to other popular ramen places such as Ippudo and Ramen Nagi. I would love to come back so I can try their rice bowls and their other dishes… Hopefully in the Trinoma branch this time. ^^;

Ambiance/Interior: 5/5
Staff/Service: 5/5
Food: 3.5/5 (taste), 4/5 (presentation)

Hanamaruken Ramen is located at Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave Ugong, Pasig. Other branches include Trinoma and Alabang Town Center. Links: Official Website || Facebook

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