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Top 10 Ramen Joints in Manila
More rainy season eats! We named Manila’s most buzzed-about bowls of the Japanese staple.
By: Kate Santos  |   Published on: Jul 15, 2011 - 6:06am

(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.

Top 10 Ramen Spots in Manila

The city's buzzed-about bowls of ramen. Click for more.

Photos by Kate Santos and Gem Urdaneta (Izakaya Nihonbashitei). Artwork by Warren Espejo

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29 Comments
  • geltaime
    Only Yushoken delivered the ramen I've been looking for. Hands down.
    5 months ago     Reply  
  • Norf
    No other ramen beats Yushoken. Willing to travel the distance from Quezon City just to eat their Tonkotsu Ramen
    6 months ago     Reply  
  • Raaameennnn
    Ramen Yushoken without a doubt.
    10 months ago     Reply  
  • zflx
    Yushoken serves the best Ramen
    11 months ago     Reply  
  • tashtalk
    i've been to some of the ramen place above, Kichitora of Tokyo of Megamall Atrium should be on the list... :) Definitely one of the best :)
    Jul 16 2013 @ 01:46pm     Reply  
  • Joey Garcia
    I think it's still RAIRAIKEN :-) the best Ramen in the Philippines!
    Jun 20 2013 @ 08:15am     Reply  
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  • Will
    The article is outdated.
    I've been on a ramen hunt lately, and here's my personal list.
    1. Ramen Bar
    2. Nomama
    3. Ukkokei
    4. Shinjuku
    5. Ajisen
    6. Isshin
    7. Kenji Tei


    I havent tried other yet but looking forward to it.
    Apr 15 2013 @ 10:27pm     Reply  
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  • betina_mea
    ikkoryu fukuoka ramen should be in this list also. it's the best ramen ever!!! i swear... its located at the 5th level eastwing, of edsa shangrila mall..you guys should check it out.. ;)
    Mar 19 2013 @ 03:57pm     Reply  
  • Sotziramenlover
    Yushoken @ Molito
    Feb 24 2013 @ 07:43pm     Reply  
  • sushiramenlover
    Seriously? Roku Sushi Ramen isn't included here?! It's the best! Super sarap! Good prices pa and good location in Katipunan! OMG!
    Nov 10 2012 @ 10:07pm     Reply  
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  • michikossi
    YOU FORGOT SHINJUKU RAMEN HOUSE!!!!!!
    Sep 28 2012 @ 08:23pm     Reply  
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  • jg
    Tsukiji in Makati also serves 11 different ramen dishes from Azuma-ya noodle house.
    Aug 17 2012 @ 06:17pm     Reply  
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  • ladycamyl
    Why Ajisen isn't included? hmm
    Jul 30 2012 @ 05:36pm     Reply  
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  • ali
    Ajisen the best
    Aug 03 2011 @ 10:38pm     Reply  
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  • leah p
    For me, Shinjuku is the closest to JP Ramen!
    Aug 03 2011 @ 04:08pm     Reply  
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  • chris
    Yamazaki japanese grocery miso ramen is amazing! It's outside Little Tokyo.
    Jul 24 2011 @ 01:46pm     Reply  
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  • jenny iglesia
    Is the best ramen Iíve had in town....SO YUMMY!!!
    Jul 20 2011 @ 04:39pm     Reply  
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  • robert roldan
    Hands down, Raku has the most delicious broth
    Jul 19 2011 @ 11:32am     Reply  
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  • makoy
    Yes! I agree! Ukkokei has the best broth. Their tantanmen is awesome yumm
    Jul 19 2011 @ 02:40am     Reply  
  • 88special
    Sadly Shinjuku and Isshin are not as good anymore as before.
    Jul 18 2011 @ 11:02am     Reply  
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  • gen chuachiaco
    I wanted to vote for Shinjuku, but it's not even included in the poll...! rnrn=(
    Jul 18 2011 @ 11:00am     Reply  
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  • jonas
    Chotto Shop? Malapit lang sa work place ko yan? Note to self: itakeout ko nga yung ramen nila. haha
    Jul 17 2011 @ 12:45pm     Reply  
  • ja-panis
    Where's ISSHIN!?!?!?!
    Jul 16 2011 @ 08:59pm     Reply  
  • lee
    the canteen in manila bulletin makes ramen with the same serving size maybe more as some featured in this article for only 65 pesos.rn
    Jul 16 2011 @ 11:47am     Reply  
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  • alfie
    you should try GENYA TONKOTSU RAMEN at Macapagal Ave. One of the best I've tasted.
    Jul 15 2011 @ 09:21pm     Reply  
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  • wilma gomez
    Tamagoya in antipolo owned and operated mr,kazayuki abe, a Japanese national. Very authentic. He makes his own noodles.
    Jul 15 2011 @ 07:31pm     Reply  
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  • joyce
    Wabi Sabi is the best! And they have a great vegetarian menu. Why is it not here?
    Jul 15 2011 @ 06:49pm     Reply  
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  • ramenwoman
    how about shinjuku? :(
    Jul 15 2011 @ 04:15pm     Reply  
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  • ramy
    Ukkokei the best!!!rn
    Jul 15 2011 @ 01:38pm     Reply  
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