Good news for ramen and kurobuta lovers in Manila! I recently discovered a new Japanese restaurant which really made me want to fly back to Japan ASAP. The feeling of being in the land of the rising sun with the busy noise of a ramen-ya and hot delicious noodles was something I miss badly. Lucky that I found a sweet alternative!
Hailed from Singapore, Tampopo was brought to the Philippines by friends Chris Tiu, George Huang, and Ty Tang. Together, they created the best of both worlds as they tapped the budding tonkatsu and ramen market.
What’s in the name?
Tampopo literally means dandelion though it was also from the 1985 western film starring Ken Watanabe titled, “Tampopo”. It is very apt that the movie revolved around the culture of ramen.
Cheers for ramen and kurobuta fans out there! I have tried their best selling ramen and here’s my judgment.
Deluxe Tampopo Black Pig Shabu Ramen
I can honestly say that so far, this is one of the best ramen I ever had. It comes in a big bowl with generous serving of the following:
My order includes thin and hard noodles – just the way I like it. Tampopo offers two types of noodles: Kyushu for what I had and Hokkaido for thicker and chewy.
The broth is thick and very creamy. I thought its milky texture was from something dairy, but I found out that the pork broth takes two days to be simmered to achieve that very white, and flavorful taste.
Black pig or kurobuta is a premium pork meat dating back 300 years ago when the House of Windsor prized its exceptional flavour. Like wagyu to beef, kurobuta is juicier and more flavorful.
Aside from the noodles and soup, I really like its aji tamago or the marinated soft boiled egg. It is runny and tasty!
I am very happy to find a new ramen house to hangout! As soon as my tongue tasted the flavorful Tampopo’s ramen, I sent a photo of my bowl to a Japanese friend and what he saw got his interest. We then visited the restaurant together and I was very pleased when he exclaimed over his Deluxe Tampopo Black Pig Shabu Ramen that the taste is even better than other Japanese resto’s!
It is also worth noting that Tampopo has a very good customer service. Their waiting staff attends to our needs and always sees to it that we are satisfied. Even when there was a limited supply of pork broth, we still managed to get our orders.
I highly recommend Tampopo Philippines for ramen and kurobuta fans out there. My Japanese and Korean friends praise the menu and overall experience, too!
What’s your favorite Japanese ramen?