(SPOT.ph) One great thing about the stormy season is how the cooler climate creates a good excuse to feast on a bowl of piping-hot ramen. Not a lot of people know that the origins of ramen can be traced to the inventors of hand-pulled noodles in China (also known as la mian). It made its way to Japan only in the 19th century, after the influx of Chinese immigrants in Japan introduced noodles and pork into the Japanese diet. Soon, ramen became a mainstay in Japanese cuisine, and gained more popularity after World War II when the food shortage made it a popular choice because it was a quick and easy meal to cook.
Now a staple in Japan, traditional ramen in its simplest form consists of noodles in a warm broth with slices of meat and an assortment of vegetables. Although there are more than 20 variants of ramen (depending on which region its from) the most popular broth base are shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso and tonkotsu (pork bone). SPOT.ph scoured the city for the tastiest bowls of ramen in town. Here, our best finds.
The city’s buzzed-about bowls of ramen. Click for more.
Photos by Kate Santos and Gem Urdaneta (Izakaya Nihonbashitei). Artwork by Warren Espejo