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Ukokkei Ramen Ron: Raising Ramen Standards

Ukokkei Ramen Ron: Raising Ramen Standards

The first thing I heard about Ukokkei is that the chef was a crazy Japanese dude who threw people out for sharing food, taking too long to order, and looking at him funny.  I have heard horror stories of the chef yelling at customers, couples on dates, to leave his restaurant because they were letting the other taste their ramen.  My curiosity was piqued, and so one Saturday night, we ventured into the great unknown.

We got lost.  That seems to be the consistent theme with all of my entries, but this time, it wasn’t my fault1!  We finally found the place, and it was PACKED.  So packed that they closed their doors to any new customers at around 8PM.  On a Saturday night.  Bad business or great marketing?  I’m still undecided.

Can’t get lost now

Ukokkei Ramen Ron’s claim to fame is that the broth is prepared 48 hours in advance.  I did a little research and found that they use chicken bones and herbs for the broth; leave it simmering for 48 hours and you have stock that is infused with the strong flavor of chicken and Japanese herbs.  Apparently, the restaurant stops serving customers as soon as they run out of soup.  We noticed that the decor was extremely sparse except for the giant chopsticks and noodles, just in case you forget you’re in a ramen house.

Giant Ramen

When the Yaki Gyoza came, I was a little disappointed, because they were SMALL.  I felt like there was a meat shortage with how small the serving was.  It’s like they didn’t want us to eat!  I’m not going to deny that it was DELICIOUS, but there’s only two kinds of food I don’t like: food that is ridiculously expensive and food that is bitin.

Yaki Gyoza (P120.00 or $2.60)

We ordered eggs for the ramen, because I mean, what isn’t improved by eggs?  Unfortunately, they came before the ramen did, so I ended up eating my share and having egg-less ramen.  I must say that the eggs had a unique taste to them.  They were neither soft-boiled nor hard-boiled, and they had a salty quality to them, almost as if they were salted eggs.

I had the Ukokkei Shoyu Chashu Ramen, which is their best seller.  It’s basically ramen with pork in soy-based broth.  You won’t really find much variety in their menu; it’s just three kinds of ramen broth.  You’ve got Shio (salt), Shoyu (soy) and Miso.  That’s actually a great example of KFC-marketing.  Focus on the best thing on your menu, and just serve that, almost exclusively.  It only works if the food is good, and in Ukokkei’s case, it was.

Ukokkei Shoyu Chashu Ramen (P380.00 or $8.40)

Here’s the Ukokkei Miso Buttered Corn.  I have to admit, both the Miso and Shoyu broths were delicious, but I couldn’t tell them apart.  It looked weird, but as we say in the food porn industry, butter is better.  All the time.

Ukokkei Miso Butter Corn (P360.00 or $8.00)

At the end of the day, it was a great meal.  I’d say the place definitely ranks among the top three ramen houses in Metro Manila, crazy chef notwithstanding.

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he first thing I heard about Ukokkei is that the chef was a crazy Japanese dude who threw people out for sharing food, taking too long to order, and looking at him funny.  I have heard horror stories of the chef yelling at customers, couples on dates, to leave his restaurant because they were letting …

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Summary : Ukokkei Ramen Ron is arguably one of the best ramen places in Metro Manila, a definite stopover if you're into authentic Japanese cuisine.

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2 comments

  1. I visited Ukokkei Malate yesterday for early dinner with few friends. Since we wanted to try few ramens, we asked to split the bowl that we ordered. The idiotic waitress who attended to us declined our request. When I asked why, she just said they do not split the ramen to two smaller bowls. She cannot give a logical reason why this cant be done, and the Manager just standing beside our table with an insulting grin. This restaurant clearly does not understand Customer service, aside from the not so impressive interiors and funny odor the place emits. We decided to order drinks and one order of ramen…. Just to cool off from the anxiety of dealing with their incompetent staff. Would I go back? Not in a million years! Their ramen is everage tasting, overrated and so expensive @ P 380 for a bowl of noodles and soup.

  2. The ramen really looks delicious as you describe it. Even if the food you serve is delicious and tasty but the service you have given to the customer is bad, for sure the costumer will not coming back; but for other customer who really likes or craving for their ramen maybe they didn’t mind it at all. Bad service = No customer.

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