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61 bowls, 26 restaurants–where to find the perfect ramen in Manila

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We’ve been swimming in ramen. Restaurants that serve the Japanese noodle soup have mushroomed everywhere. But which place is the best? Where can you find the perfect ramen in Manila?

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Ramen invasion continues

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The most reasonably priced meal these days is the selection of Japanese noodle dishes, or ramen as they are called, as more and more restaurants offering the savory broth have sprouted all over the city. There is likely to be one such restaurant operating in any neighborhood. One of them is the new and popular noodle house in Glorietta, Makati City.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Checking out the ramen scene–there’s no stopping the craze

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How much can one really say about ramen? As it turns out, a lot: There are people like David Chang, impresario and owner of Momofuku, who are obsessed with it. Ippudo, probably the most famous brand in the ramen franchise world, has been drawing crowds in the East Village since it opened, and is soon to open in Manila. There was a movie about it, “Tampopo,” in 1985.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

The two best ramen places in town


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The ramen craze has hit our country. And just like with lechon manok, Zagu and inasal before it, many places will bid goodbye to the food business, while a few others will experience box-office lines—and battles with the BIR.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Ramen romance

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There is an unmistakable attraction to a full bowl of Japanese noodles accompanied by vegetables and other trimmings. But in the comic book “Noodle Boy Chapter 1: Love at First Taste,” the ramen represents much more than physical nourishment.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Art in a Bowl


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In a ramen shop in the Ginza district of Tokyo, everyone is silent at noon. Save for the raucous welcome greeting as new customers enter the door, guests sit quietly, focused on their ramen.

Posted: August 4th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Ramen and rain go well together


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Japanese food has become part of our culinary landscape, and I love it.

Posted: May 30th, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

In the ramen wars, here’s a serious contender in authenticity

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This week I did something that I usually try very hard not to do: I went to a restaurant not because it was new and promised to be interesting, but because it was new and popular.

Posted: March 21st, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

For a better ramen experience, leave your manners at the door


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I’ve driven alone as far as Mindoro and back, sleeping in the car aboard a boat that also had a truck of noisy pigs screeching for their lives beside me. So I understand how, like the drivers in the avant-garde Japanese foodie movie “Tampopo,” you can be so tired and hungry that you can consume an entire bowl of ramen.

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Ramen sprinkled with parmesan cheese dipped in cheese sauce–yes, there is such a thing

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Perhaps the most peculiar meal I’ve had in recent memory was at Mitsuyado Sei-Men, a ramen restaurant on Jupiter Street in Makati.

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Kawaii adventures in Tokyo

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After a Sunday afternoon at Tsutaya, one of Tokyo’s popular bookstores, my friend and I were about to part ways when he insisted I stop by at Ginza. Ginza on a Sunday is a must-see for any tourist because the roads are closed to transportation, turning the wide swath of concrete into a walking and picnic area for the residents of the city.

Posted: October 26th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

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