By Cha Villaviray and Reese Rayos
This sweater weather calls for comfort food and we are pretty sure that you are thinking of a nice hot savory, high-quality and generous serving of spicy ramen. Your craving’s timing is just right as Ippudo’s Tantanmen has just made its comeback. Due to adamant public demand, this frequently requested ramen in their menu is now going to be a mainstay in the Philippines until further notice. Unlike the limited time offer which they had before, the relaunch of Tantanmen is here to stay to warm up our tummies.
Here in the Philippines, Ippudo’s Tantanmen is the first to be launched outside Japan in 2017. With the same recipe as its origin, we can say that this indeed is one legit ramen. Its multidimensional taste is meant to surprise with the blend of the sweet and spicy taste of each bowl. The impeccable mix of star anise and tantanmen oil heightened by fresh cilantro makes every sip of their flavorful and hot tonkotsu broth very exhilarating. Each bowl has a serving of spicy ground pork, parmesan cheese and poached egg which makes its soup richer and creamier.
When we started eating and those perfectly cooked noodles started filling up our hungry stomachs, we couldn’t help but eat more with so much gusto! Each sip turned to slurp. That wonderful feeling of bliss as we devoured the torched chashu and eventually finished the whole bow. Ippudo has set Tantanmen’s level of hotness to a minimum which is standard for all. Mind you this may not be suitable for the faint taste buds.
It is good to note that the ramen bowl being used by Ippudo are all handcrafted and flown from just one supplier in Japan. We were told that these bowls itself retain the temperature of the soup. Be sure to consume this bowl of ramen while it is hot to have a grasp of its full flavor.
The Star of the 2016 Tokyo Ramen Show is a sure hit to the Filipino market. No wonder the comeback is definitely worth the wait for all the ramen fans out there! Oishi!
Ippudo Ramen Restaurant already now has 9 branches located in Mall of Asia, Robinson’s Place Manila, Uptown BGC, Greenbelt 5, Powerplant Mall, Megamall, Eastwood Mall, Ayala the 30th and the latest at Vertis North.