If you're an avid reader of my articles in OpenRice, you'd be aware that I'm not a fan of ramen. I am open to eat ramen, but I have never really enjoyed it (save for ramen from Ramen Champion in Singapore).

Thus, when my mom and sister fussed over bringing me to Hokkaido Ramen Santouka; I was not really into the hype that they were generating. In fairness though, the queue was a good indicator (as it was an early Tuesday lunch); and the interiors really looked posh.

Hokkaido Santouka offers a variety of set menus which feature different combinations of ramen, rice bowls and gyoza.

We decided to split a Small Shio Ramen and Grilled Salmon and Salmon Roe Rice Bowl Set (P430) and a Small Shio Ramen and Fried Salmon and Small Rice Bowl Set (P450).
These set allows the diner to choose his/her own soup base; whether Shio (salt), Shoyu (soy sauce), Miso (soybean paste), Kara-Miso (hot soybean paste). It also came with chawanmushi, tsukemono salad and tea.

The ramen was the best that I've tasted in the Philippines. Its Shio soup base was tasty, but not too overpowering; its noodles, beautifully firm. Its Komi Tomago (+P50) was the closest soft-boiled egg to that of Ramen Champion's (whose ramen serve as my standard).

The Grilled Salmon and Salmon Roe Rice Bowl Set was simply happiness in each bite of it. Biting into the immensely flavorful salmon roe was simply heavenly. The grilled salmon pieces aided in the neutralization of the saltiness of the roe to lend the bowl a bit of a balance in taste.
Fried Salmon
The Fried Salmon was also amazing. It was perfectly deep fried, not oily and had a beautiful crunch to it. It was lightly battered and had a gorgeously tasting raw center which was truly enjoyable.

The Chawanmushi featured a silky tofu base with little pieces of shrimp, mushroom, salmon roe, chicken and edamame which surprise you in every bite.
We also ordered the Chicken Gyoza (P180) as a side order which was poorly presented (it would have been more aesthetically appealing if they would turn the pieces over) but executed in a fair manner. The taste of the meat was amazing; you wouldn't have any need for dipping sauce! However, the wrapper was a bit too thick and a bit too under-cooked that it became too chewy. A pork filling is available at P200.

Overall, I demand that they open more branches to make this amazing dining experience more accessible. Simply put, this is my new standard for Ramen
(The above review is the personal opinion of a user which does not represent OpenRice's point of view.)
Date of Visit
Recommended Dishes
Shio Ramen, Grilled Salmon and Salmon Roe Rice Bowl, Fried Salmon
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