Restaurant Review: Yushoken, Alabang

A little bit of history

A little bit of history

I am declaring this as my favorite ramen restaurant 🙂

After having tried Santouka, which was more like an “okay” restaurant for me, I haven’t gotten excited over any ramen (except maybe those that I cook at home :P). I also have said repeatedly that the possible “good” taste of ramen has already been blurred by the constancy of instant noodles on our table when I was younger. But oh. Yushoken changed all that.

Tan tan men

Tan tan men

People have told me to try this place before, but I haven’t had the chance, with my mom foiling those plans (ending up eating in Yakimix then the steak place), and she almost ruined this one too, with mentions of eating out twice in a day being already wasteful, etc. etc. But I won, and that was important (that we got to try it, not that I won per se.)

Tamago :)

Tamago 🙂

The menu was very limited, with only a couple of ramen choices, cold, hot, and those that you dunk in. Plus chicken, maybe rice, and that was about it. We ordered Tan tan men, and Miso, upon ate’s recommendation. Tan tan men was sesame paste based, with some chili. Their miso, supposedly, is made of 7 kinds of miso or something. The menu was the placemat itself, and it also had some reminders like you slurp the noodles, eat the ramen while it is hot, there is no delivery nor take-out/to-go for their noodles (and if you want to eat at home, you eat instant noodles). It’s all a bit strict, and I thought it was a bit of an exaggeration. But that all changed when I tried it.

Miso, a little bit less colorful

Miso, a little bit less colorful

Just a spoonful elightened my senses. Mine was good. Mom’s was really yummy. I asked for some chili and they provided chili paste. I couldn’t stop raving about how good it was!  And I really loved it! Like really loved it! I then realized how instant noodles taste so one dimensional, and how santouka’s ramen is worse than sub-standard :s

The stuff I was talking about

The stuff I was talking about

But now, I want to go ramen exploring. If Yushoken is this good, I have to experience a new world of ramen. I found it worth the  price at P380 per bowl simply because it was DELICIOUS 🙂  And I do rarely rave about restaurants 🙂

No take-out

No take-out

One bad thing though was our seat was REALLY hot. Like sweaty hot. Next time, I’ll try eating at the ramen bar. 🙂

They make their own noodles!

They make their own noodles!

Yushoken is located in Molito, in Alabang, across Alabang Town Center. It lies inconspicuously beside Omakase 🙂

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