The interior of Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is surrounded with wooden panels with accents of Japanese calligraphy giving the place a more Japanese feel.
The place has a fairly busy ambiance with lots of activity from the chef and staff. If you enjoy observing that kind of flurry, you can choose to dine by the nook so you can easily see the action happening in the kitchen.
I have tried different varieties of ramen already. There’s shio, miso and tonkotsu in thick or thin, straight or wrinkled noodles.
For your noodles, you can request it to be cooked in different degrees of doneness depending on your preference: Soft, Normal or Hard.
Soft noodles – 30 secs
Normal – 15 secs
Super hard – 5 secs
TIP: if you love taking pictures before you eat, request for super hard. The noodles are still gradually being cooked in the hot broth as you finish doing your “food porn” shots.
Here are the 2 variants that my husband and I have tried:
Ajitama Tonkotsu (Php380.00)The meat is soft and bursting with flavors. No wonder this is their bestseller! Topped with a specially cooked half-boiled egg that is fully marinated with a special blended soy sauce base that goes well with the pork broth. To add a little character to your ramen, sprinkle some sesame seeds for that nutty flavor.The sesame seeds actually help in lessening the overwhelming feeling you can get from the oil of the broth. Eat your ramen in under 10 minutes or while it’s still hot to fully enjoy its taste.
Yuzu-Tama Tonkotsu (Php380.00)The husband ordered this variant without spring onions because he isn’t fond of it. This bowl has quite a punch… The kind that hits you slowly! They use yuzukosyo – one of the spices that the Kyushu region of Japan is known for. This fermented paste is made from green chili and yuzu peel. I’ve tried using yuzu in a different Japanese restaurant. It’s citrusy and gives off a refreshing taste to any salty or spicy dish. So, using yuzu balances out the spiciness of this ramen.
Ikkoryu Ramen offers soup dishes with stronger flavor and aroma that makes it different from the other ramen houses that I’ve eaten at so far. Best to try it out yourselves since taste is relative. But for what it’s worth, I have now finally satisfied my curious palate.
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