New on the Menu: Wrong Ramen's Arakawa Abura Soba

You’ll be wanting one of these 30 bowls every day.

Wrong Ramen
Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City
Tel. No. 823-8249
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

 

 

(SPOT.ph) Confusion then comprehension is the logical reaction when the tray of food arrives. Bewilderment is, after all, only natural in a place called Wrong Ramen. There’s milky broth in one bowl, soba in a bigger bowl, and a tiny saucer of a stewed something which, upon a few careful bites, turns out to be eggplant.

 

There are unusually more elements compared to the typical dive-in-and-slurp-away variety, but think of it as a math equation: a jumble of factors that will make sense-eventually. The Arakawa Abura Soba (P295) is the collaboration between ramen bad boy, Wrong Ramen, and Osaka’s Hanamaruken Ramen. Springy dry noodles are pan-fried to delectable, cloy-proof firmness. Each strand is painted with lip-smacking saltiness from reduced tonkotsu, and when you toss the entire ensemble just enough, you're rewarded with crackling bits of Lapid's chicharon, Hanamaruken's delicate signature pulled pork, and crunchy slivers of bamboo shoots with every mouthful.

 

By the first two bites, you'll be wondering what that light tonkotsu soup on the side is for. It's not particularly bold in flavor. Good, but indistinct. Should you mix it in with the noodles? Not really, because the soba is perfectly, well, perfect with just the chicharon. By the fifth though, you'll be looking for that gentle break in flavor, something to tame the bold saltiness of the savor-packed al dente strings. Like a small sip of mellow soup or a piece of sweet eggplant.

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The Arakawa Abura Soba is a show of balance. Sure, adding Lapid's in ramen is slightly unorthodox, but since when has Wrong Ramen been culturally accurate? Only 30 bowls of the Arakawa Abura Soba are served daily, and the dish is available until August 15. Have it with the deliciously light Rice Milk Tea.

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