June 24, 2013

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka in Glorietta 4- Bonding Over Ramen ❤

I've been hearing positive reviews about Ramen Santouka and I'm just glad that my high school friends decided to have our reunion here and bond over hot bowls of ramen. 

Since there were 10 of us dining in, we reserved one of their VIP rooms for a more private and intimate dining experience. It has a minimum consumable amount of P3,000 and a time limit of 2 hours. The staff were kind enough to let us stay longer since no one reserved the next time slot. 

I ordered for their special Tokusen Toroniku Ramen (Small-P370, Medium-P430, Large-P490) which features an extremely valuable part of a whole pig- Roasted Pork Cheek

One may choose among Santouka's original ramen- Shio, Shoyu, Miso and Kara Miso

I got the Shio Ramen which is a salt-based noodle soup with a creamy and flavorful broth. The pork cheeks and other toppings such as bamboo shoots, fish cake, seaweeds, green onions and their signature pickled plum (served only w/ Shio ramen) were served separately to maintain the delicate texture of the pork cheek. 

D and I indulged in the soft, moist, tender and delicate pork cheeks before we mixed the remaining toppings over our ramen. I must say their pork cheeks are the best I've ever tasted. The ramen was cooked perfectly as well, offering a firm and chewy resistance to each bite. 

But what I enjoyed most about this ramen was its flavorful, milky and creamy broth and the melts-in-your-mouth pork cheek. 

One may also order a side dish of Santouka's Normal Aburi Tokusen Toroniku (P250) which is roasted  pork cheek served atop a candle-heated mesh. 

Although not as moist as the first one, this version of the roasted pork cheek was also tender, soft, and delicate, with a beautiful smokey aroma on every bite. 

Kara-Miso Ramen - You are next on my list :) Can't wait to visit again! 

Great place, great food, great company :) I miss you girls! See you again real soon :)

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