Jul 7, 2013

Ramen Yushoken Alabang, Revisited!


Like I said in my previous post (read my blog post about our first visit), I want to visit Ramen Yushoken again because I didn't get to enjoy my last visit.

According to their menu, Ramen Yushoken's ramen is derived from "Ramen God" Kazuo Yamagishi, the little blue statue on their shelves.  Yamagshi-san is now is in his eighties and manages to visit his Taishoken ramen shop in Tokyo from time to time.  They said he is also the most revered ramen personality in Japan today, as he was the inventor of the widely popular tsukemen or "dipping ramen".

Their menu further says that Yamagshi-san's successor Koji Tashiro, fondly called "son of the ramen god" came to Ramen Yushoken in December 2012 to train the staff and to ensure that the recipes are at par with his champion ramen houses in Japan.

 


This time, T and I felt like sitting by the counter.




Booths are nice because of the privacy but the counter is convenient because everything we need is already at our reach.  Tissue, chili, water, we didn't have to call the servers for anything.




I have the flu so I didn't have much of an appetite because I couldn't taste anything I ate.   I just told T that I'll share a bowl with him.  The server told us that they don't allow splitting of orders but they can just give me a bowl so I can get from T.  But then T read something from the menu...

"We don't prohibit sharing, but the Ramen Gods aren't happy when people split a bowl."

Of course, we didn't want the Ramen Gods' wrath so we ordered a bowl of ramen each!

To accompany our bowls of ramen, T and I got Gyoza (P150/$3.75) which are pork dumplings grilled on one side and griddled on the other.  Really good.  Like Yushoken's ramen noodles, the gyoza wrappers are made fresh daily using flour and kansui (alkali water) imported from Japan.




It's nice to eat something crunchy while slurping on a bowl of soup so we also got the Kaarage (P210$5.25) which is boneless friend chicken.




I tried something different this time and went with Miso (P380/$9.50) which is a mixture of seven different kinds of soy bean paste so the taste was really rich and flavorful.  This is exactly what I needed since I couldn't taste anything at all.  And if you like pork, you'll definitely love this one because if I'm not mistaken, those are bits of crunchy pork on top.




T still stuck with his usual Tantan-Men (P380/$9.50) which has sesame paste, chili, and ground pork.  This could be a good choice for me too since it's very spicy and flavorful.




Ramen Yushoken encourages its guests to slurp away for the following reasons:
  • It helps cool the soup down, just like blowing.
  • It allows you to pull more soup along with the noodles.
  • It aerates both the soup and the noodles, which helps improve the flavor and lets the flavors spread through the mouth (just like wine).
  • It is considered as a sign of compliments to the chef.




Ramen Yushoken has a NO TAKE OUT, NO DELIVERY policy.  According to them, if you want to eat ramen at home, they recommend instant noodles ;)

I still maintain that Arroz Caldo (rice porridge) is the best "food for the sick" but ramen is now becoming a close contender! 


Thumbs Up!
Good ramen.
Quick service.
Free wifi.

Thumbs Down!
Nothing really.

Verdict
I'm not saying this is the best ramen place since I haven't been to Ukkokei and other known places yet but I'd have to say that this is one of the better ones.  We'll definitely be back!


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My other posts about Ramen Yushoken

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Ramen Yushoken
Dining Date: 4 July 2013


Molito Lifestyle Building
Molito Commercial Complex
Alabang
Muntinlupa City

Tel No.: +63 (2) 808-7424

Operating Hours:

Open daily
11am to 11pm











*Part of the "Where to eat in Molito Arcade?" series

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