It’s that time of the year again – That particular season where the rains start to come in and the only thing that anyone can imagine eating during these blustery days is a nice, warm bowl of soup. I myself have experiencing some strong soup/ramen/hot chocolate cravings lately, so my family headed over to Shaw Boulevard last July 5 to eat some authentic ramen at a place called Ramen Daisho. We were originally supposed to head over to a Chinese noodle shop in Wilson, but thanks to my excellent sense of direction (sarcasm) we, unfortunately, never got to our lunch destination.
Interior. After we stepped inside Ramen Daisho, we were greeted by an energetic “IRASSHAIMASSEEEE!!” from the chefs working in the open kitchen. Now, I know this type of greeting is common when it comes to authentic Japanese ramen places, and, despite my sensitivity to loud noises, I usually just let it slide. But there was something about their greeting that seemed… Louder? IDK. Maybe it was because of the lack of customers (we ate there two hours past lunchtime). Oh, and apparently, the reason why ramen chefs do this was because if the staff was too quiet, the Japanese owner would get upset. Interesting…
Menu: Ramen, Cold ramen, Side menu, Topping, Drink.
If you want to see what the inside of the menu looks like, go check out from Ramen Daisho’s Zomato page because I got a little bit distracted by the food that I forgot to take some pictures. Sigh. *headdesks* Anyway, on to the food!
Can’t forget the Gyoza! The dipping sauce used for their gyoza is unique because it’s made from a mixture of Japanese soy sauce, seasonings, and veggies. This combo definitely enhances the gyoza’s flavor.
Tonkotsu Ramen – Creamy pork bone-based broth with mushrooms, firm noodles, spring onion bits, and a soft-boiled egg. In a rare display of compatibility, dad and I ordered the same thing: Except mine had more chasyu slices in it (the Tonkotsu Ramen Chashu-men, pictured here), because chasyu is love, chasyu is life.
Mom had the Shoyu Ramen, which had a clean-tasting soy sauce-based broth. The base used for this ramen is directly imported from Japan, and is mixed with lots of flavorful ingredients.
Ramen Daisho’s noodles come in two textures: Curly, which has a nice, chewy texture, and the smooth and thin flat noodles. The one thing they have in common is that both of them are made from high-quality wheat flour and eggs, and are handcrafted by professional chefs. Meanwhile, the soup used for this ramen is simmered for over 12 hours inside their kitchen.
Tamago Yaki, large and sweet pieces of rolled scrambled eggs. I thought they tasted too sweet for my liking.
I pretty much had a great time at Ramen Daisho – Although I’ll probably come back here when the place is bustling with customers.
Food: 4.5/5 (taste), 4/5 (presentation)
Ramen Daisho is located at Unit 2 Sunshine Square, Liberty Center, 312 Shaw Blvd Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. Tel no: (02) 774-0036. Links: Facebook.