Situated along Pasay road, among rows and rows of Japanese Restaurants lies a little ramen shop. Tucked away beside a bait and tackle shop, it sits unobtrusive and naturally blending in with the city skyline and natural contours of the surrounding buildings. Ukkokei Ramen Shop offers the most authentic Ramen in Manila bar none.
Upon entering the restaurant, the modern yet still very Japanese themed decor did remind me of restaurants in Japan. It was pragmatically themed maiming each space so as hold as much customers it could without sacrificing comfort.
Ukokkei serves Ramen with 3 different soup bases. Shoyu (soy-sauce based), Shio (salt based) and Miso (Miso soup based) all of which promised an authentic taste.
Upon Richard’s recommendation, I ordered the Butter Corn Miso Ramen. He said the butter would make the soup creamy and I could always order extra meat. So I did as he said, and placed my order.
After placing my order, we were served tea with ice. No, not iced tea, but literally TEA with ICE. I enjoyed the drink although it tasted a bit bland. It was kind of refreshing actually.
The Butter Corn Miso Ramen was awesome. The soup was creamy, the ramen was springy and perfectly done, and the taste of miso was very subtle yet distinguishable.
Miso (ã¿ã or å‘³å™Œ) is made from fermented soybeans, miso is a thick paste-like substance. Miso is brownish in color and tastes extremely salty and tangy on its own.Â The predecessor of miso originated in China during the 3rd century BC or earlier, and it is probable that this, together with related fermented soy-based foods, was introduced to Japan at the same time as Buddhism in the 6th century AD. This fermented food was called “Shi”.
The food and ambiance was as authentic as it could be. The kitchen actually was surrounded by glass enclosure so you could watch the cooks at work on your ramen. There was also a bar type so you could dine and go at your leisure.
Note though that Ukokkei does not offer take out service and for bloggers out there, taking photos is not allowed. (Good thing I was done shooting before the owner called my attention to it.)
Overall if you are looking for an authentic experience as well as REALLY GOOD ramen, Ukokkei is the place to visit!
Ukokkei Ramen is located along Pasay Road
Makati City, Philippines