I don’t know how long Ukkokei Ramen Ron has been around but I’ve only recently tried it. There was quite a buzz online when their Makati branch suddenly closed down for a while, with a government notice taped to the front door. Rumor said that taxes weren’t properly filed and I heard a funny story about an ex-president bullying them when they ran out of his favorite bowl. Whatever it was, I don’t really care. I’m just glad they’re back in business.
I’ve been meaning to try the Tantanmen (Php 390) for a long, long time. I remember my friend Jason talking about it when I was just fresh out of advertising. He said it was the best ramen ever and I severely trust his taste. Ramen was never a dish I’d crave for or look for, perhaps because I never had REALLY GOOD ramen. I always thought noodle soup dishes were boring and bland and for when people were sick.
The Tantanmen seriously proved me wrong though. Look at that layu floating at the surface of the bowl. Layu is Japanese chilli oil infused with sesame oil. It is said that every night, only 12 bowls of Tantanmen ramen are served. This dish isn’t on the menu, it’s on the wall and considered to be part of the “Special Ramen” line-up. They also only start serving this at 6PM so get there before they run out.
So what’s in a bowl of Tantanmen? It’s evidently orange cause of the layu and it’s got ground pork and a rich milky miso-based broth that tastes like bones were boiled for hours and hours. The noodles in this are yellow and curly which by guessing, are egg noodles. These were perfectly al dente, yum. Taste-wise, the broth was just really thick and won me over. I have no words. It’s just the best ramen ever. Now I get why people actually like ramen.
There was nothing special or noteworthy about the Yaki Gyoza (Php 120) at all so I’d rather just have to order this. I mean, it isn’t shamefully awful or anything, I’d just rather eat it elsewhere (like down the street at Yamazaki).
We enjoyed the Tantanmen so much, we were lucky enough to get it two nights in a row. I must warn you though, Ukkokei’s servings are really generous! We shared just one bowl both nights and ended up pretty stuffed. Let me know if you get the chance to try a bowl yourself!
Ukkokei Ramen Ron
Address: G/F Paseo Tesoro Bldg., 822 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City
Phone: 02 856 4588
Hours: Sun 11:30am–2pm