Ramen Fix: Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

by - October 21, 2014

After a tiring 3 hours of shopping for Halloween needs (from BGC to SM Aura to Market Market then back to SM Aura again), a Ramen fix, we believed, would fit perfect to suit our dizzy heads. My colleague suggested his friend's restaurant, but had a hard time remembering the name. Luckily, right as we enter SM Aura we saw this cozy restaurant decorated with vertical wooden pillars with printed Japanese characters on it. Oh, there you go, Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen! (Isn't that a mouthful?)

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is a brand made popular by Yamagoya Ramen - a famous Ramen restaurant from Japan since 1970. They specializes in thin, straight Chikuho noodles with creamy, thick Tonkotsu soup, which is a result of boiling pork bones for several hours to extract its flavor and aroma. Presently, Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is now making its name internationally and in the country with their six branches around the metro.

As we enter, there were but a few people dining. The first thing I notice was how classy their interior is - bright red chairs, wooden tables, golden furnishes, ramen bar, small kiosks for a small or large group of people.

Wooden pillars with Japanese characters, personally painted by a Japanese contemporary artist

At Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, they promote their Tonkotsu ramen to enjoy in an original way or what they say, the Japanese way. Once ramen is served, inhale the rich aroma of Tonkotsu soup, then gently scoop up the soup to take a first sip. Now fully dip the Chikuho noodles into the soup and slurp it up! They also recommend putting a little powdered sesame seeds and/or red ginger pickles.

Since we only have a little time to spare, I ordered their said best seller Ajitama Tonkotsu Ramen while my colleague ordered their best seller spicy ramen Yuzu-Tama Tonkotsu. Within less than 10 minutes, our orders came into our table, hot and steamy!

Ajitama Tonkotsu - topped with a special half-boiled egg that is fully marinated with a special blended soy sauce base. Php 380.00

YUZU-TAMA Tonkotsu - flavored with yuzukosyo, one of the spices that the kyushu region of Japan is known for. A spice experience in ramen like no other. Php 380.00
Most of their ingredients came all the way from Japan and the noodles are freshly prepared every day. The thin Chikuho noodles perfectly complemented the rich, creamy tonkotsu soup. I love the veracious saltiness and the thickness of the soup itself. The thinly sliced pork was also tender and succulent.

On the other hand, I also liked the spiciness of Yuzu-Tama Tonkotsu. I'm not a lover of spicy foods but this is one spicy ramen that I could surely eat. It tasted of spicy herbs, even by just tasting the soup. Turns out, Yuzu-Tama is made of yuzukosyo - a fermented Japanese seasoning made from green chili peppers, yuzu peel (citrus fruit) and salt.
Overall, I would recommend Ikkoryu for its flavorful ramen, though I think they're a little bit costly. Nevertheless, you would appreciate how other people have shared their culture into our soil by dining in at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen.

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen
Level 2, SM Aura Premier, 26th Street corner
McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. No.: 478-8333
Monday to Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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