Turning Japanese at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

I went to the newest fashionably built SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City a few weeks ago and aside from the traffic, I wasn't really all energetic to roam around and check out the entire mall. I was actually late for my meet-up with fellow bloggers at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen and I was totally in a hurry to arrive and catch up on what's happening.

Upon my arrival, I instantly took out my camera and took a shot of their logo with a very chubby Japanese ramen guy. Forgive me for not taking good pictures of their simple yet wonderful restaurant interiors. Nothing special about it really, but you can tell that it's an authentic ramen joint. Inside Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen was a full house, it was quite noisy and the staff were all shouting the orders of the customers. I wasn't really irritated by this, rather, I was amused by it.

I then get to have a small meet-up with my acquaintances who were already about to finish their orders of Ikkoryu's different kinds of ramen. Too bad I was also quite late for me to take their pictures. These are Kimchi Tonkotsu, Ajitama Tonkotsu and Black Garlic Tonkotsu which are all priced at P380.00.

All ramen orders are so big that it can serve two persons. I tried the soups on the photo below, but I cannot tell which is which. The only thing I can tell is that I was so late, the soup was already turning cold. It was actually my fault (me being late) on why I did really get to enjoy them, but thanks to Riza Meriado, she offered me to have a separate order for myself, which was very timely. Thanks to her, she gave me a chance to finally have a decent picture.

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen doesn't really have fancy condiments, but they have these awfully cute almost-mini containers for chili oil, soy and pepper.

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Meanwhile, while waiting, I actually saw that the Gyoza has not been murdered entirely that I took a photo op right away. This is affordably priced at P150, and the flavor of this dish is authentic and familar. Although this one is fried rather than just steamed. It's packed with flavor, most especially if you dip it in soy sauce. I can definitely eat this with a separate order of rice.

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The star of my first time at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is a chef's recommendation, which is a Ajitame Tonkotsu Ramen. Served in a huge bowl with a huge spoon, the dish is made with their signature tonkotsu soup, with fresh noodles, pork slices, lotsa green onions and other toppings, served with a hard boiled egg and a sheet of seaweed, which I mixed in with the soup until it gets soft and the seaweed flavor gets incorporated with the thick soup.

The thing about Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is that they only serve one kind of soup, and just changes the flavors by mixing in other unique ingredients such as kimchi or a variety of vegetable pastes. My Ajitame soup was very good. If authentic ramen is what you want, then you can get it here at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen.

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Along with the warm yet soothing flavors going around on my big bowl of noodle soup, I was able to cool down a bit with this fresh Watermelon Shake that is also available at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen.

As I was sulking on the traffic with my acquaintances, talking about how I was stucked at home, waiting for the rain to stop and was afraid that I might not pursue going to the SM Aura. Good the the rain stopped, or I was not gonna be able to even finish this big bowl of goodness. In a few minutes, I wasn't really surprised that all the noodles on my bowl were gone, and only a few soup was left, which I admit that cannot finish no more.

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Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen also serves this wonderful dessert called Ice Cream Shiratama Zenzai, which is a combination of your prefferred flavor of ice cream, glutinous rice balls and red bean paste. They have ice cream in only three flavors: Green Tea, Vanilla, Black Sesame and Sea Salt Caramel. This one right here is the green tea (obviously for its color) and the other one below is the Sea Salt Caramel.

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I must say that this is the type of ice cream that I really love, not the kind which are more appealing to kids because it acts as a sweet ending to every meal. Well, you can exempt my favorite strawberry ice cream for now, because I'm loving these desserts. My favorite would have to be the Green Tea Ice Cream, which is clean and delectably bittersweet. The Sea Salt Caramel tends to go on the sweeter side, but the saltiness hitting on your tongue just balances the flavor. I am looking forward to try the Black Sesame Ice Cream soon, but for now, I really enjoyed how these desserts was able to cleanse my palate. Indeed, a great ending to any meal at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen.

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We were all very happy that even Ikkoryu Fukuoka's General Manager Watari Mendigorin was able to join us for a moment to talk about the restaurant. He defines that their Tonkotsu remains authentic and that it really takes a long time of slow cooking to achieve that immaculate taste that results into Tonkotsu soup. I even asked him as to how many times he can eat ramen and answered with his native Japanese accent: "Oh many times a week. Hahaha."

I really liked the fact that he was so approachable and very humble. He was very willing to help out the other staff with serving the food and accommodating customers. He even reiterated that even with how the staff were acting (shouting of orders and all very lively) adds to the authenticity of the ambiance of the usual ramen bars in Japan.

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My first hand and first time experience in Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is delicious and wonderful. But just in case you may want to try eating here soon, my tips would be (1) to come here at an early time since people are packed, (2) if you come in late, expect to wait in line and (3) if you are not hungry, it might be impossible to finish their ramen dishes. Take note also, all of Ikkoryu Fukuoka's ramen dishes are strictly not allowed for takeout, because it compromises the quality of the dish. But if for example you were not able to finish your ramen, that's the time that you can have it for take-out.

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Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen's second branch in Metro Manila is now open at the second floor or SM Aura (across Uniqlo), while their first branch remains at Level 5 East Wing in Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City. For more information on their branches, you may visit and like their page below:

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen Philippines (IkkoryuPH) Official Facebook Page

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