No soup for you (but that’s OK): Menya Kokoro in Manila now serving dry ramen in BGC

Photo: Menya Kokoro PH/FB.
Photo: Menya Kokoro PH/FB.

Experts say that it is officially ramen weather in the Philippines — and now open in Bonifacio Global City, just in time for it, is a popular Japanese chain that serves a different variation of the noodle dish.

A new addition to Uptown Bonifacio mall is Tokyo’s Menya Kokoro, a restaurant popular for its mazesoba, or soup-less ramen. But just because the dish is not swimming in steaming broth does not mean it’s not a good pick-me-up during the rainy season.

A typical mazesoba is made with buckwheat noodles, a thick sauce of chicken paitan broth and soy sauce among other things, and is topped with spicy minced meat — so it can definitely warm the body right up. Menya Kokoro’s Tokyo Mazesoba (PHP350/US$6.82) also comes with raw egg yolk, seaweed, green onion, chives, and garlic.

Diners can add or remove toppings and choose a spice level based on their preferences. They’re meant to mix the noodles, toppings, and sauce to bring all the ingredients together before digging in.

Photo: Menya Kokoro PH/FB.
Photo: Menya Kokoro PH/FB

Apart from the classic Tokyo Mazesoba, the restaurant also has five other varieties including the Spicy Mazesoba (PHP370/US$7.21), Vegan Mazesoba (PHP380/US$7.41), Zenbu Mazesoba (PHP470/US$9.16), Cheese Mazesoba (PHP430/US$8.38), and Curry Mazesoba (PHP430/US$8.38).

All bowls come with a serving of rice and a mushroom shoyu soup.

Rice lovers, meanwhile, can choose between two rice bowls including the Mazedon (PHP320/ US$6.24), which has similar toppings to a mazesoba, and the Currydon (PHP320/US$6.24), a Mazedon with curry.

They also have smaller plates for appetizers or side dishes like gyoza (PHP120 – PHP350/US$2.34- US$6.82), agedashi tofu (PHP140/US$2.73), takoyaki (PHP140/US$2.73), karaage (PHP200/US$3.90), and edamame (PHP150/US$2.92).

Menya Kokoro also operates outlets in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Canada.


Menya Kokoro is at 3/F Uptown Mall, 36th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Open daily, 11am-10pm
Social: FB @menyakokoroph + IG: @menyakokoroph

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