Ramen Yushoken is a name that has been popping up on my Facebook wall for a while. The only drawback to trying it was that it was located in Alabang, a bit out of the way from Manila. We finally decided to just go on a weekday since Lauren’s not a fan of the tonkotsu broth and Ramen Yushoken uses it exclusively.
Ramen Yushoken uses a recipe from the Ramen God, Yamagishi Kazuo, he is also the inventor of Tsukumen.
This is a view of their main entrance but since parking was at the back, we entered through there. There’s no big sign at the back so just look for Omakase, and beside it is Ramen Yushoken. You can see their noodle and gyoza wrapper making facility as you enter.
The brown and blue hued interiors project a serious ramen experience but there’s still a hint quirkiness. Look at displays on the shelves, from a Kewpie doll to Astroboy, a Daruma and even a blue figure of the Ramen God.
They’ve got a focused menu, ramen with a few side dishes only, just the way a ramen-ya in Japan would do it. They don’t even have fork and spoons, only chopsticks, that’s how serious they are with the ramen experience.
Irene and I started with a plate of Gyoza (P150). We made our sauce then each got a piece, one side crusty the other soft. The meat inside was very flavorful and we agree this was one of the best ones we’ve had. The wrapper is just a tad bit below Mitsuyado for me.
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Irene’s choice was the Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen (P350). Milky pork broth is the first taste that will hit your taste buds but there is a hint of sweetness at the end that Irene and I both loved. The noodles were chewy and springy despite havign to have them “katame” (hard/al dente). The broth might have a bit of oil on top but underneath that top layer is just smooth and creamy. We actually finished all the broth., something we rarely do.
I’ve heard so much about the Aji-tamago (P80), that I definitely had to get an order. One look at the plate and I was in awe. A meal in Ramen Yushoken is not complete without these eggs. These are so far the best I’ve ever tried.
My pick was the Miso Tonkotsu Ramen (P380). The miso taste is more refined and subdued than I’m used to. After having a taste of the shoyu broth, mine just was not able to compete. Some things I liked were the more charred pork pieces instead of slices since I love to mix thing around. Look at lovely little orange hued crown on top of my ramen..
Ramen Yushoken serves great ramen but we found their bowls a bit smaller hence it comes out a more expensive than other places. I probably would not travel all the way there since adding the toll and gas makes it an even more precious bowl of noodles. I’ll not hesitate to eat there if ever I’m in the area. For people in the South, they finally have an honest to goodness ramen joint that could arguably be one of the best in Philippines.