Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Ramen. It is still a current hit in Manila and I’m still in the process of trying out different ramen restaurants in the metro :) I initially wanted to try out Hokkaido Ramen Santouka at Glorietta but the long waiting time kept on making me reschedule. Gladly, I was informed that there was also a branch at SM MOA and our ramen lunch starts!
Instead of the Kurobota Gyoza, we had chicken as all our orders already had pork. Sadly, it wasn’t as tasty as what pork gyoza would taste so a note to self; it should be pork gyoza or no gyoza :)
A ramen that only gets served 15x a day. I wonder why?
Although we were in a ramen house, we managed to squeeze in an order of katsu! Since I saw a slice of fat at the edge; this would be rosu. I don’t know why but this would be the first time that I really appreciated the sweet and sour flavor of the tonkatsu sauce. They really go well together and I even had to refill the sauce.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Tokusen Toroniku Ramen (Miso) – (Regular PHP 445, Small PHP 385, Large – PHP 505) ; +20 for Kara-Miso (spicy)
A new variation of eating Ramen where only the noodles were in the broth while the toppings were on a plate. It is the opposite of the tsukumen by Mitsuyado. Also I noticed a different color of their Chashu and learned that these were not your ordinary chashu but it was roasted pork cheeks (toroniku); a rare part of the pig that you can only harvest 200-300 g per pig butchered!
While it was very soft, tender and yummy to eat on its own; I loved it better when I poured all the chashu into the soup and let it sit there while I gobble up the noodles. My broth was miso as I find it more flavorful than shio (too bland for me) or shoyu (salty for me). So after letting the chashu swim for a while, I decided to have a taste and WHOAAAA! The hot soup has tenderized it so much that you can slice it with your tongue as it feels like it was melting in your mouth. Yummy!!! If this was their normal toroniku; I’m pretty excited to try out the Kurobota version!
After eating, you would need to pay directly to the cashier instead of giving the money to the waiters as what we usually do. After paying, walk around in the mall then go back to have another bowl.. lol just kidding but it rhymes! :)
Till next time,
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
SM Mall of Asia
SM Mall of Asia, Ocean Dr
Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay
Restaurant by Location: SM Mall of Asia