Ramen Nagi Philippines brings back their two highly-rated dipping ramens – the Tonkatsumen and Tsukemen. These two are currently Ramen Nagi’s Limited King ramens for March 2018, so you only have until the end of the month to score these bowls!
The popular ramen franchise from Japan is getting ready for the summer season. For the hot weather, Ramen Nagi is bringing out their tsukemen ramen dishes – a two-bowl dish that consists of cold ramen noodles with a separate bowl for their rich broth. To eat, just take a good amount of ramen noodles and dip it in the hot broth.
It’s not going to be ice cold when you eat it since the ramen noodles are around room temperature. So you’re still getting that warm ramen experience without it being piping hot. Tsukemen broth is usually more concentrated and richer than regular ramen broth too.
Ramen Nagi Tonkatsumen
Ramen Nagi’s Tonkatsumen (Php 440) is a combination of two things – Tonkatsu and Tsukemen. The dish is served in two bowls – one of cold ramen noodles topped with slices of pork tonkatsu, and one of the tomato tonkotsu broth with nagi spices. Like all tsukemen ramen dishes, to eat, you dip the cold noodles first in the bowl of hot broth then have a bite of the tonkatsu.
The tonkatsu itself was crispy and flavorful. You might think that there’s too little tonkatsu sauce on there but it’s actually just enough to accentuate the flavor while not drowning the pork cutlet.
The star of this dish is the Tonkatsumen broth – a mix of sweetness and tartness, almost like a more liquid version of the tonkatsu sauce itself. We recommend getting the rich option for the broth, and noodles cooked hard or normal since it doesn’t have time to soften in the broth.
Ramen Nagi Tsukemen Dipping Ramen
Nagi’s Tsukemen Dipping Ramen (Php 400) takes the traditional and simple tsukemen-style ramen but with a twist. This time instead of regular plain old ramen noodles, Ramen Nagi tops theirs with nagi fire sauce. It resembles the famous Spicy Noodle Challenge spicy sauce but it’s not the kind that will drive you nuts.
This Tsukemen’s broth is a bowl of bonito soup with chasu strips at the bottom. It’s a nice smoky and peppery flavor that went surprisingly well with the noodles mixed with fire sauce.
To eat, mix the fire sauce with the noodles before dipping it in the bonito soup.
The Underrated Side Dishes
Pork Katsu Roll
We asked Josh Aniversario of Ramen Nagi Marketing to recommend us some underrated side dishes we should get. One of them was the Pork Katsu Roll (Php 295). He says it doesn’t get much hype but personally thinks it’s one of Ramen Nagi’s best side dishes. Of course, that’s understandable since the star of Ramen Nagi is always their ramen.
The Pork Tonkatsu Roll looks like a set of sushi rolls but instead of Japanese rice and cold ingredients, it’s breaded pork rolled with cheese, katsu sauce, then topped with japanese mayo. The pork slice (or roll) is so tender while its breading is satisfyingly crispy. There’s katsu sauce incorporated in the roll too, giving the dish just enough sweetness.
Since I’ve had Ramen Nagi’s ramen bowls many times before, I told Josh I could go to Ramen Nagi and just order this!
Curry Spring Rolls
In response to Armand’s neverending affinity towards fried spring rolls, we decided to get Ramen Nagi’s Curry Spring Rolls (Php 170) as well. They look like your regular lumpia served with ketchup, which is essentially what they really are except this time it’s a curry-filled wrap. It’s made out of ground pork, vermicelli, and some sliced veggies.
It’s a new twist to your usual spring rolls and definitely a must-try at Ramen Nagi.
Pork Katsu Rolls topped with Japanese Mayo
Crispy Curry Spring Rolls
Tonkatsumen and Tsukemen Dipping Ramen Price and Availability
Prices of products mentioned:
Tonkatsumen – Php 440
Tsukemen – Php 400
Curry Spring Roll – Php 170
Pork Katsu Roll – Php 295
Ramen Nagi branches in the Philippines:
Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Galleria, Signa Residences, Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Solenad, Ayala Malls Feliz, UP Town Center, Greenbelt 3, SM Aura, SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, Trinoma, SM City Baguio, SM Pampanga, NAIA 3
Photos by Abby for Typist PH