While there are heaps of ramen options in Metro Manila noaweadays to choose from, this new Japanese noodle shop franchise is taking a different approach. We’re lucky enough to have first dibs try on Menya Kokoro Mazesoba specialties over the weekend. After 18 branches in Tokyo and afew in Jakarte, Singapore, Spain, and Canada– Manila is taking pride in having the first Tokyo specialty shop!
Back in 2008, a Japanese chef in Hanabi who had a ramen shop in Nagoya, invented the Taiwan maze soba. It has no soup. It has spicy hot minced meat, raw egg yolk, nori (seaweed), negi, and menma (baby bamboo shoots).
Chef Takuma Ishikawa took the same appraoch and launched his first restaurant in Tokyo in 2013. Menya Kokoro’s Mazesoba is a thick, chewy, multigrain noodle, and their signature bowl includes nine ingredients.
Mazesoba means “mixed noodles”- Think about the Chinse Lamien style on steroids.
Ingredients include items such as seaweed flakes, green onions, chives, ground saba(mackerel), minced garlic, nori (dried seaweed), chashu (pork), spicy minced pork, raw egg yolk, soft-boiled egg, or bamboo shoots.
All soba is made in-house, consists of over 35 percent whole wheat, and is made with the help of a water-softening machine
Menya Kokoro is a casual sho located at the former location of Gelare and Cara Mia on the 3rd floor, where the cinemas are, of Uptown Mall.
For Starters: There are also several other dishes available, including donburi, gyoza, takoyaki, chicken karaage, takoyaki, agedashi tofu, salads, and more.
Karaage is crunchy outside and tasty inside and served with a special sauce.
House Takoyaki (deep fried)
Try the original mazesoba served with buckwheat noodles topped with chives, leeks, nori, a special minced beef and egg.
Note: Make sure to mix all the ingredients until the noodle is coated with a thick layer of sauce coating.
Vegetarian Option Bowl
There are eight types of mazesoba on their menu range from shio (salt) or mentaiko (fish roe) to curry, cheese, or vegan options.You can order the all-in topping version with chashu cubes, bamboo shoots and tamago for additional ₱120.
We love the rich umami flavours, and a refreshing detour from your usual ramen noodles. Service is fantastic and point, which will be perfect for those times when you want to have a quick meal during your lunch break and or you’re running to another meeting.
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