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It's been said that food is a window to a country's culture. The Greeks have their gyros. The Koreans have kimchi. The British have fish and chips. And when it comes to the Japanese, one of their most fabled culinary treasures is ramen.

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is a newly-opened ramen house in the metro. It is located on the fifth floor of Edsa Shangri-La's new East Wing. The restaurant's design embodies the spirit of Japanese aesthetics. Acting as walls are planks adorned with calligraphy. The dining chairs have that edgy, modern Japanese feel to them. In totality, the design is a balance between traditional and modern Japan.

Of course, it's all about the ramen. Each bowl is filled with tummy-filling goodness: tasty broth, tender pork slices, and fresh Japanese noodles. The menu offers several versions of this well-loved dish, each with its own personality and flavor.

The Chashu Tonkotsu is Ikkoryu's house specialty. Made in the traditional style, it features scrumptious, juicy pork slices and well-done noodles, bathing in a creamy, pork-based tonkotsu broth.

There's also the Ajitama Tonkotsu. This tasty ramen bowl has half-boiled eggs which adds more richness to this already-rich bowl of goodness.

And for those who want a burst of flavor, there's the Black Garlic Tonkotsu. This bowl has hints of garlic in it. The garlicky flavor adds a gastronomically sensual twist to the dish.

To cool off, the ramen house also offers some cool drinks. A glass of the shop's Fresh Dalandan Juice is a great way to round out a superb dining experience.

In Japanese culture, slurping while eating noodles is considered a good gesture. It's a show of appreciation towards the delightful meal that the cook has prepared. And at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, a lot of it is sure to be heard—and expected.

Photo courtesy of Dude4food

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