When I think of ramen, it automatically says the Japanese one. In fact, it’s one of my favorite food to eat because of its generous serving thus, the feeling of satisfaction is always guaranteed. But what made me intrigued about ramen is the usage of Katakana in its name. For months, it puzzled me on why it uses Katakana instead of Hiragana characters. But what I didn’t know was, ramen came actually from China! For those who don’t know, here’s the Katakana name for ramen: ラーメン.
Here’s a bit of information about Katakana. It’s one of the alphabet system in Japan where the characters are specifically used for the borrowed words from different countries. Even though the syllables used are similar to Hiragana, the characters speak otherwise. Although it’s not widely used compared to Hiragana, it’s still important since nowadays, they use the borrowed words for daily conversation, reading and writing. Thus, Katakana plays an important role in Japanese alphabet.
The Ramen House is located at Marfori Heights, Davao City. It can only be reached either a taxi or tricycle. After Karen and I went to Magsaysay Park since this happened during Kadayawan Festival, we rode a taxi and headed to The Ramen House where the owner is my sister’s friend. We arrived at the resto when it was still closed since they open at 3 P.M. but we were allowed inside the resto to rest.
When you’re inside the Ramen House, you’ll notice that the noodles are made from scratch! Yes, their noodles are purely handmade and it’s actually what I really love about their ramen. The authenticity just got too real that they made a believer out of me! The great thing about this is, the creation of handmade noodles is continuously made till their closing time thus you can witness them rolling out the dough, flatten them, and magically slice them into noodle strands right before your eyes!
The menu above are the different kinds of ramen that are available. Since it’s a Ramen House, just expect that everything they have is.. Ramen! Also, the prices of each ramen will depend on how big your bowl is. Most of the ramen they have are of the same price. Small-sized bowl is at 85 Pesos while medium-sized bowl is at 160 Pesos and the large-sized bowl is at 195 Pesos. With the exception of Seafood Ramen, it already starts with a medium sized bowl then the large-sized bowl is priced at 240 Pesos.
A single serve of ramen takes time to prepare since the noodles they made must be boiled. The ingredients that they have in the kitchen were prepared hours before the resto opens. Thus, the customer must wait for the ramen to be prepared properly and carefully.
What I have is the Tonkotsu Ramen. It’s a creamy kind of ramen and it has a thick broth from pork bone. Instead of having pork as my meat, I chose beef since I minimized my pork consumption. In my ramen, it also had cabbage, nori, seaweed, bean sprouts and a soft-boiled egg.
When our ramen was served into our table, we thought we have the large one since the ramen that we’re used to is in this size. BUT, what we actually had was the medium one and we were shocked since it’s big already and we were not sure if we can finish the whole bowl!
What I love about the presentation of this ramen is they were placed meticulously and the ingredients were arranged carefully. I’ve seen their work in the kitchen and all of the ingredients for ramen were lined up and within the reach. Maybe, I can’t really make a ramen for myself but to cook it for me would be divine! 😀