Ode To Noodles: A Decade Of Game-Changing Ramen By Japanese Masters

One of the country’s most beloved ramen restaurants celebrates its 10th anniversary with special dishes prepared by masters from Japan.

Ramen Nagi would have been serving authentic Japanese ramen in the Philippines for ten years this coming December 13.

Founded in 2004 Satoshi Ikuta, Ramen Nagi is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of ramen. Chef Ikuta spent over two decades of training in classic Hakata ramen shops, which culminated in a bold move—a weekly ramen shop in borrowed bar spaces. His audacity paid off when he won a coveted spot in Tokyo’s renowned Tachikawa Ramen Square. He soon followed with successful branches in Shibuya and Shinjuku Golden Gai. Now, he has over 55 shops worldwide.

(L-R) Ramen Master Satoshi Ikuta, Ramen Nagi Founder; Chef Masa-san, Ramen No. 11 Founder; and Chef Nishio-San, Ramen Nagi Vice President
(L-R) Ramen Master Satoshi Ikuta, Ramen Nagi Founder; Chef Masa-san, Ramen No. 11 Founder; and Chef Nishio-San, Ramen Nagi Vice President/Photo courtesy of Ramen Nagi

As part of their celebrations, Ramen Nagi Philippines will be releasing “Limited King Ramens,” a series of limited ramens every month in collaboration with popular ramen shops from Tokyo. Founders of the ramen shops will be flying into Manila to prepare the super limited ramen themselves.

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A Gathering of Masters

The first featured special ramen is a joint creation by Ramen Nagi and Tokyo based Ramen No. 11. Chef Ikuta-san of Ramen Nagi and Chef Masa-san of Ramen No. 11 prepare a limited number of bowls daily and will be available nationwide from October 6 to November 10. 

Collaborating with Ramen Nagi for the first Limited King Ramen is Ramen No. 11’s Mr. Kimura or Masa-san. Masa-san trained in Jiro-style ramen restaurants before putting up Ramen No. 11, an award-winning ramen shop in Japan.

Ramen Nagi’s limited edition Ramen No. 11
Ramen Nagi’s limited edition Ramen No. 11/Photo courtesy of Ramen Nagi

This limited-edition ramen has thick homemade noodles layered generously with cabbage, bean sprouts, quail eggs, garlic, and buta (pork). The ramen includes the unmistakable “naruto” topping, a hallmark of No. 11’s distinct flavour.

Every month until December, Ramen Nagi will be collaborating with other Tokyo-based ramen shops so there is always something new to look forward to until the end of the year.

Check out @ramennagimanila on Instagram and Ramen Nagi PH Facebook.

Banner photo from the Ramen Nagi PH Facebook page.

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