“Tonkotsu” means “pig bone” in Japanese. Tonkotsu Ramen is created by boiling pork meat and bones together to create the signature meaty flavor of its soup.
On the other hand, “Torigara” is Japanese for “chicken bones” — the distinct taste of Torigara ramen then, is yes, the result of boiling these bones.
Ramen Master Makoto Okazaki is the creator of Tongara Ramen, which is a combination of TONkotsu and ToriGARA. The fusion of chicken and pork for its base sets his creation apart from other ramen.
History of Tongara Ramen
Makoto Okazaki is a chef from Japan who dedicated over a decade to culinary art and is also the mastermind behind Tongara Ramen. His techniques are well-known because they are no longer being practiced in Japan.
Tongara Ramen was first established in Shinjuku in 2013. It is the product of Okazaki’s 3-year diligence to perfecting its broth.
It was brought to Cebu only after chefs had mastered Okazaki’s methods of preparing the broth. Tongara Ramen is also located in Marikina and Tacloban.
Most of the ingredients are imported from Japan to preserve the authenticity of the meals’ taste.
Branches of Tongara Ramen
Tongara Ramen Marikina
Tongara Ramen in Marikina is located in Lamp Quarters. Lamp Quarters is home to eight different restaurants serving different types of cuisine: Italian, French, Japanese, Filipino and Bulgarian.
The area is known not only for these restaurants, but for its design: it is U-shaped with a courtyard in the middle. In the courtyard, visitors can eat out, have dates, hold mini concerts and there are even painting sessions from time to time.
Tongara Ramen Tacloban
Tongara Ramen Tacloban was so popular in the area, it had to create another room to cater to its patrons. It celebrated its anniversary on October 29, 2021.
Tongara Ramen Cebu
Escario Central Mall
Light site Park in Banilad
The branch at Light Site Park opened in July 2021.
Tongara Ramen Menu
Tongara Ramen’s Best Sellers
The photos below are the best sellers of Tongara Ramen: Tantanramen and Shoyu Ramen. And we also tried their signature dishes: Tongara Ramen, Paco Ramen, and Ebi Miso Ramen.
Tongara Ramen’s Take-Out Kits
The great thing about these kits is that they allow you to enjoy your ramen at home or at work.
Tongara Ramen Cebu Food Reviews
Khrizza: I love seafood so I chose to eat Tongara Ebi Miso Ramen. And all I can say is perfection! I also tasted the other ramen that we ordered. Not to be biassed but they are equally rich, flavorful, and savory. Your every penny is worth it!
Their broth is very savory. And they are not too stingy with their toppings! Also, I am very particular when it comes to noodles and I do not like them if they are too thick. But here in Tongara Ramen, their noodles are just right for my taste! Not too thin, not too thick.
For me, they have the best ramen out there in Cebu City!
Taste Comparison with a Japanese native
Instagram Review of Tongara Ramen
Facebook Review of Tongara Ramen
Google Reviews of Tongara Ramen
Tongara Ramen Escario Branch Details
|Address: 13, Escario Central, N Escario St, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu|
|Phone Number: (032) 254-6374|
|Opening Hours: 11:00am – 8:00pm (Monday – Thursday) Last Call: 7:50pm|
11:00am – 9:00pm (Friday – Sunday) Last Call: 8:50pm
|Credit card: Accepted|
|Parking: In front of the store|
|Reservation: No reservation|
Tongara Ramen’s Social Media Pages
CSP Planet Cebu’s Ramen Series
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