Ukokkei Japan is a new ramen shop which features the local specialty ramen of 10 different cities in Japan. According to the Philippine Primer, each city in Japan is famous for a certain type of Ramen; for example, Osaka is famous for Curry Ramen, while Sapporo, Okinawa, and Hakodate each have their own version of Shio Ramen. Ukokkei Japan aims to bring these variants of Ramen to the Philippines with an affordable price.
10:00am ~ 10:00pm daily
Lower Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Approx Php800.00 for two
Currently they only accept cash payment
The store is located at the Food Court of SM Megamall and having situated on that spot, expect noise. This is not suitable if you want to dine and at the same time have a decent conversation. The store also lacks the usual Japanese feel.
The staff are not very friendly and a bit clumsy. The other guy tripped the gyoza sauce of my friend spilling the content on her plate. I was expecting him to replace it but he didn’t. Average time of order processing is 15 ~ 20 minutes.
Despite the not-so-Japanese ambiance of the store and clumsy/unfriendly demeanor of its staff, Ukokkei Japan compensated these disadvantages with their tasty food offerings. We ordered Hakata Ramen, Gyoza, and Okonomiyaki.
I find their Hakata Ramen very tasty. It was loaded with ingredients (organic egg, onion leaves, seaweed, garlic, noodles, ramen broth, and other nameless ingredients). Gyoza is also delightful. It’s sauce has the right amount of sourness and sweetness combined to almost perfection. My friend ordered Okonomiyaki and she allowed me the liberty to try her dish. Although she commented that it was her first time to eat the dish on a plate making it not hot, I still find it delectable.
I enjoyed their food. I don’t know if this is just the effect of craving Japanese food but really, they’re really good. And oh by the way, their food is very affordable. So far, they’re the cheapest Japanese store I’ve gone to. Price of ramen is just Php260.