Top 10 Miso Ramen in Manila
Ready, set, slurp.
(SPOT.ph) The rainy season is upon us and for most, it just means crazy traffic and getting rain water in our shoes. On the bright side, we have all the reason in the world to slurp on some ramen— with its hot steaming broth tickling your taste buds, the delectable mouthfeel of its noodles, and toppings rounding out the whole experience.
Miso ramen originated in Northern Hokkaido in the '60s. It features a broth that fuses copious amounts of miso paste alongside a soup base that varies by way of pork, chicken, or seafood. This ramen variant is also acknowledged as the healthier
For this list, we’re going back to the basics. For one, the broth must be everything at once in terms of flavor: rich, nutty, slightly tangy, slightly sweet, umami-filled, and piquant. This is the tell-tale result of a seamless combination of soup base and seasoning. The noodles should be able to hold their own, too, in firmness and chewiness, while the toppings shouldn't overwhelm nor outdo the savory broth.
All SPOT.ph Top 10 lists are researched, paid for, tested, and selected by the writers and editors. They are discreetly conducted without any notice made to the restaurant owners.
It might take a long drive to get to Butamaru if you're from the North, but the trip is worth it. Upon placing your order for their miso-based
Butamaru is at Westgate Center, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
9. Miso Ramen at Erra’s Ramen (P90)
This ramen has enjoyed a cult following with their crazy affordable noodles, and it broke many hearts when a fire burned the place down. Thankfully, they renovated the space and even added a second location (a cart) nearby. For a budget-friendly ramen, the price-to-taste ratio is not something you should worry about here. Definitely not a product of instant noodles packets, the broth holds its own. With its paler, less oily exterior, we'd venture to guess that the soup base for their miso bowl is chicken. One slurp and we feel refreshed with its milky delicateness. While the umami makes
Erra’s Ramen is at 1755 Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila.
8. Happon Ramen House’s Miso Ramen (P198)
Happon Ramen House boasts bang-for-your-buck ramen meals. Coupled with a cozy
Happon Ramen House has branches at 143 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City; and 70 Cepeda corner Colonel Divino Street, Concepcion Uno, Marikina City.
7. Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen’s Miso Tonkotsu (P380)
What first catches your eye as you see the bowl coming towards you is the generous heap of garnish peeking beneath the luminous soup. Then there’s one large slab of tender pork to supplement it further. These additions help break the
See a list of Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen branches.
6. Ramen Cool’s Miso Ramen (P210)
Looks can be deceiving, but don’t be too quick to judge Ramen Cool’s take on the miso ramen. Despite its visual resemblance to a well-loved local noodle dish, the
Ramen Cool has branches at SM City Manila; West Avenue, Quezon City; and Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
5. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka’s Miso Ramen (P385/regular, P445/large)
After making it on our list in 2016 for their Shio Ramen, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is making quite the comeback this year for their miso variant. Never mind the substantial sheen of oil threatening to ruin your diet. Trust us, their bowl is worth the added bulge. You’ll know what we’re talking about once you get to the full-bodied broth, the miso seemingly more and more potent with every spoonful. Not to be forgotten are the cumbersome toppings that go with the ramen. You’ll find all the miso ramen staples here:
See a list of Hokkaido Ramen Santouka branches.
4. Ramen Daisho’s Miso Ramen (P300/regular, P560/large)
The bowl is said to be adapted from Japanese Chef Funatso Yasuhiko’s masterpiece of making good use of
Ramen Daisho is at Unit 2, Sunshine Square, Liberty Center, 312 Shaw Boulevard, Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong City.
3. Ukkokei Ramen Ron’s Ukkokei Miso (P300)
The Ukkokei Miso has a rich hominess. We’re thankful for the dollops of chives and bean sprouts that dance around the
Ukkokei Ramen Ron has branches at 822 Paseo Tesoro, Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo, Makati City; and Ram Building, 8 Tuscany, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig City.
2. Yamazaki Bento’s Miso Ramen (P206)
This hidden gem in Makati is worth the detour. While the place and the presentation are no-nonsense, its charm lies in the restaurant's straightforward approach to Japanese cuisine. The soup is love at first slurp—basking on a showcase of flavors that immediately hit our palates with a fuzzy warmth in all the right places. Hearty is the best word for it with a thick rich broth that does not scrimp on flavor. Plus, it’s accompanied with noodles, albeit thinner, that strikes the balance between firm and chewy. What we love the most, however, is that each element is equal
Yamazaki Bento is at Little Tokyo, 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
This is everything a miso ramen should be, from the toppings to the noodles and broth. Since Mendokoro Ramenba is owned by the same people behind Ramen Yushoken in Alabang, it's fair to expect this version to be the same as the latter's miso
Mendokoro Ramenba is at V. Corporate Center, Soliman Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Photos by Yasmien Rivera
For other Top 10 lists, check out SPOT.ph's Top 10 Everything Food Lists 3rd Edition. Co-presented with C2 Cool and Clean, it's priced at P195, available at major bookstores.