I was in Alabang for a shoot this week and I thought it’d be the perfect time to get a bowl of ramen at Yushoken. I’ve been hearing good things about it for about a month or so. Never had the chance to drop by because there’s hardly any reason for me to drive all the way to Alabang for good ramen when Ukkokei’s so close by. Some people say Yushoken’s Tantanmen tastes even better than Ukkokei’s. I was there to find out.
The ordering process was quick for me, it was almost a no brainer. I had a bowl of Tantanmen (Php 380) and Gyoza (Php 150) which is what I’d typically get. Service was really quick and the staff was really attentive to us. I drink a lot of water when I eat and one thing I like about Yushoken is that they leave a whole pitcher with you at the table. That was always my frustration with Ukkokei, the place feels so understaffed, it seems you have to ask 3 different people to refill a glass of water before they actually do it. But anyway.
This is going to be an extremely bold statement but I believe this place has the best gyoza in Metro Manila. Seriously. They come out so fresh and toasty on the outside, but extremely juicy inside. It’s almost like there’s soup when you bite into it. The filling inside is generous as well which strikes a good balance with the size of the wrapper. I read somewhere that Yushoken makes these from scratch too, down to the dumpling wrappers. Sarap.
On to the ramen. Don’t get me wrong, this was still a considerably good bowl of Tantanmen and honestly, I find that if you weren’t familiar with Ukkokei’s version this could possibly even be super awesome. I prefer Ukkokei’s Tantanmen but this comes to a close second. I’ll try to break it down starting with the noodles. Yushoken’s noodles are so thick and heavy they remind me so much of spaghetti. I mean, look at them. They also aren’t very chewy, in fact they feel a tad bit flat in your mouth. The soup had its own charm though. Yushoken’s Tantanmen tastes a lot milkier than Ukkokei’s but it lacked some nuttiness. The way the spiciness kicks in is pretty cool though, it isn’t a burst on your tongue but a warm glide on the throat. It’s almost as gentle as an after-taste.
I was happy with my meal and it’s definitely something I’d have again if I found myself down south. Dan liked it too but we both agreed that towards the latter part of the meal when nearly half our bowls were empty, we kind of just felt sick of the dish altogether. I don’t know why that is. I wouldn’t eat this again soon but it’s definitely worth trying.
If you’ve tried both Ukkokei’s Tantanmen and Yushoken’s Tantanmen, which did you prefer and why? Do comment because I’d love to find out. You all know I’d take Ukkokei’s Ramen any day but I’m a bigger fan of Yushoken’s Gyoza and their polite, efficient waiting staff.
(right next to Omakase)
Molito Lifestyle Center,
Tel. (632) 808.7424