Rainy Day Comfort Food: Beef Pepper Ramen

Location: Manila, Philippines

I don’t know about you guys but I absolutely love rainy days. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer more but there’s something about gloomy days that makes me all giddy inside. I’m sure you guys can relate. It may be the fact that we get to stay in and sleep all day and maybe catch up on our favorite tv series–or we can get to wear our favorite hoodies, leather jackets, sweaters and cardigans? Gloomy days are also my best days for writing. The rain must have a magical property to it that makes me more whimsical and creative when it comes to writing. More than that, my absolute favorite thing about the rainy season is my craving for my favorite comfort food.

I have a few favorite places in Manila where I get my comfort food—and recently, Vina and I have been eating a lot of ramen. When I say “a lot”, I mean, every single week. We usually don’t agree on each other’s food choices but if there is one thing we agree on, it’s our love for ramen. We have a list of the best ramen places in Manila and we came across Tokyo Tokyo’s new Beef Pepper Ramen so we decided to try it! Honestly we didn’t have high expectations because it was only 195 pesos, but upon having my first slurp of the ramen, we both agreed that we loved it!

The rock-pork based broth topped with beef slices were so savory and tender. The corn, shredded cabbage, onion leeks, nitamago egg and nori were a nice touch to mix all the flavors together. Also, the serving is huge considering the price! I wish they had this when I was still a student! I would’ve totally go every week. Overall it satisfied our ramen craving in an instant–and that’s all that matters, right? Haha!

Aside from the usual gyoza add-on, the Beef Pepper Ramen can be best enjoyed if paired with Chicken karaage or Japanese-style fried chicken and Tokyo Tokyo’s signature Red Iced Tea. Just add P55 to make a bowl more filling. A steaming bowl of regular-sized Beef Pepper Ramen is priced at P195, while the snack size is only for P145.

The Beef Pepper Ramen is an addition to Tokyo Toky’s Beef Festival this year. Joining the current favorites—Beef Misono and Beef Yakiniku. Don’t judge me but I also got to try both dishes. The Beef Misono was sour and savory while the Beef Yakiniku was more on the sweeter side. They’re both so delicious on their own and you can’t really compare them. I guess its for you to find out! *wink*

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Tokyo Tokyo’s Ramen line currently offers these delectable flavorsBraised Pork, Spicy Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki and Seafoodthat bring diners closer to Japan with every spoonful. These variants are best known for their flavorful broth slow-cooked for 24 hours, freshly-made noodles and high quality toppings.
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