Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is said to be legendary originating from Hokkaido, Japan. Being enjoyed all throughout Japan and in other countries where it has expanded including the Philippines. Since I started taking some reviews of ramen, I also started getting addicted to it. You know, I feel like I can live a week straight by just eating varieties of ramen only. There’s just a lot of yummy stuff out there, but craving ramen is just so different and makes me want to have some more.
My friend invited me long ago but never had a chance to get together because of some schedule conflicts. Until now, our schedules don’t meet. Fortunately, someone invited me to take some sip and make a review of it because she said that she really liked the taste of its ramen. So, I decided to take on Hokkaido Ramen Santouka’s famous bowl of ramen.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
We visited the Hokkaido Ramen Santouka branch in Eastwood City, Libis. Surprisingly, there’s a long line. So, we waited for about 15 minutes for available tables.
The interior looks cozy and you can tell that it is not your ordinary restaurant as it gives unique vibes. As we seated, we were given the menu, and to my surprise, there’s just a lot to choose from. I know that it is always best to choose the best seller which I did. But since there are other choices that I wanted to try, I ordered additional side dish and fruit shake just to satisfy myself.
So, the lady took our orders and will take about 20 minutes to be served.
So, I said I am getting their best seller which is Shio Ramen. The additional side dish is Ebi Furai (Shrimp Tempura) and a mango shake.
Shio Ramen – PHP 345
As the best seller, it’s going to be the safest choice for those who just want to try. Salt is used as the soup’s base and it is actually mild but creamy. You can definitely taste the balance between spices. The noodles are kind of different being somewhat curly. Unlike the noodles used in Ramen Nagi that is firm and straight. Nevertheless, it’s not that bad at all.
Ebi Furai – PHP 270
Probably my favorite. I’m being slightly biased because I generally love shrimp dishes because it’s not hard to do. You just have to have a great mix of ingredients and spices to get that rich taste. This one is fried to perfection using a thick panko.
Mixed Furai – PHP 310
Another must-try. A combination of 3 flavorful bites – fried salmon, prawn, and tonkatsu.
Char Siu Gohan – PHP 160
If you just want to have some rice topping, you can go for this one. Japanese rice topped with chopped pork belly flavored with soy sauce.
So, if you like a heavy meal with variety, you can avail of their set menu. I got a single order because I don’t think I can finish everything in the set menu. But don’t worry because the serving size should be just right for you. If you cannot finish off, it’s good for sharing too! Good thing about the set is you can choose the ramen flavor you want.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka really delivers a variety of high-quality choices. Their soup base is definitely flavorful which I believe is their signature recipe. But I think, I didn’t like their noodles. If I am to compare to others that I have tasted, I’d say I am still going for Ramen Kuroda and Ramen Nagi. Nevertheless, their other options are indeed one of the best choices that you can have. So, if you feel you won’t enjoy a bowl of ramen, you can always choose their rice meal set.