Ramen is a short typical noodle meal exceedingly popular in Japan. It is what is called more than just a quick meal. It was originated in China in 1800s and was brought to Japan. It is the staple dish of Japanese and a new cultural phenomenon. There are many ramen towns and popular ramen shops in Japan. Not to mention, Tokyo is the most famous city for most of the Ramen shops in Japan.
Ramen shops in Tokyo compete with each other for their uniqueness in noodle, soup ingredients and toppings. Japanese roam around and get their favorite type of Ramen (what a tough competition huh). Most of the Ramen shops in Tokyo are of open kitchen style with counter only seats. In these types of shops, there is only one person who performs all the functions like cooking, serving and collecting money. Such a person is so enjoyable to watch for his or her rhythmical movement while cooking.
Ramen noodles come in usually flat, fat, thin, and ribbon-like sizes. They can also be straight or wrinkled with yellowish hue. They are always served in a hot broth flavored with miso or shoyo and toppings like beef, seafood, chicken, spring onions and seaweed.
This unique dish is so popular that different regions in Japan have themed their variations based on their geographic origin. Corn-butter Ramen in Sapporo and Tonkotsu Ramen in Kyushu are the two examples. There are four popular types of ramen, such as Miso Ramen, Shio Ramen, Shoyu Ramen and Tonkotsu Ramen. In Japan, most of the Ramen shops have a vending machine. You can choose a dish from the picture menus exhibited inside the shop and buy a ticket on the machine (awesome!)
Great thing you don’t need to fly to Japan to taste an authentic ramen. One of the best ramen restos is here in the Philippines!
Ramen Nagi is one of the best Ramen restos in the country based on innovation, authenticity, taste, and price. They are offering different ramen dishes such as Original King (Butao), my favorite Red King (Akao), Black King (Kuroo) and Green King (Midorio).
Now let me do a quick review (drum roll please….)
Four stars for innovation. At Ramen Nagi you can customize your ramen which is really quite impressive. I am just waiting for them to add the level of spiciness option on their omotenashi (means hospitality) sheet.
Authenticity & Taste
Eating ramen at Ramen Nagi feels like I am in Japan eating an authentic ramen dish. Ramen Nagi offers a rich Asian flavor and the actual noodles are high in quality. They do not have the “rubbery” flavor that some cheaper ramen noodles might have, and the soup base is so delicious that it can be a meal in itself.
Price is ranging from Php 390 (8.13 USD) to Php 410 (8.54 USD). Just a little bit pricey, but worth the quality and ambiance.
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