For the love of Ramen, we went on for an exploration last night. Before trying out Ramen Yushoken in Oakridge Business Park, Cebu, I thought nothing can beat or at least level the Ramen from Ichiran which we tried in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong. It is by far the best I ever tried. However, just recently, a Japanese friend recommended this place to me and Joshua. Upon checking out, most people are really making a buzz out of it. According to Doris Lim-Choon of Dorilicious Cakes & Pastries, it is the best Ramen place here in Cebu. So, we checked it out!
Ramen Yushoken is located in Oakridge Business Park. If you wish to go here, remember that they are not allowing reservations. So, you really have to fall in line. However, frown not because it is really worth the wait. We went here midweek so, the queue is not that long – thank God! The kitchen is visible to all so you see the process of the food making. Gosh – the place has a classy interior and indeed well-lit. The army of staff in black will greet you in unison upon entrance – Irasshaimase! What a welcoming place.
Ramen Yushoken: A Taste of Authentic Ramen
Since we have Megumi-san, our Japanese friend, with us, there is a short lesson/explanation of the different types of Ramen offered. Basically, Ramen is categorized into three types: Tonkotsu, Shoyu and Miso. Since, we are three: we tried them all.
1. Tsukemen Ramen with Tonkotsu Soup
Megumi-san ordered Tsukemen Ramen with Tonkotsu Soup. Ramen Yushoken offered this kind of Ramen which is consisting of noodles eaten after being dipped in a separate bowl of Tonkotsu soup. The noodles are typically thicker compared to what is used in other Ramen, while the soup is also much stronger in flavor compared to other standard Ramen.
2. Shoyu Ramen
Shoyu literally means soy sauce. The broth is made with soy sauce. The process involves of adding the soy sauce to the pot of bones and other ingredients. Together, they are simmered with water which makes the soup appear to be brown.
3. Miso Ramen
Last, but not the least, which I did not expect to be really good is the Miso Ramen. According to Megumi, the paste is made from fermented soy bean. The texture is very rich giving out a flavorful taste. Out of the three, this one is my favorite!
Gyoza at Ramen Yushoken
Aside from Ramen, we also tried this stand-alone dish named Gyoza which is also really delicious. The outside is a little bit crispy but the inside is moist and tender. Mixing the Gyoza with soy sauce and chili is perfect!
..and beer as, well!
Okay. Enough with spoiling the surprise. Now, I am leaving everything to you. So, what are you waiting for? Go and try what Ramen Yushoken has to offer. I will be eager to hear from you.
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littlemisadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, M.S. student in Structural Engineering and a fur mom of four-legged babies. She writes about her experiences to inspire and educate.