I hardly ever go to SM Mall of Asia since it’s a bit too far for me but one weekday last December I had to run an errand in the area. After my errand I texted my friend Deb and within five minutes I had a lunch date with all my HS classmates who worked for the SM group. We agreed to have lunch at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka.
I’ve eaten at Santouka in Hong Kong way back when it first opened in 2010. It was my first time to try it in Manila.
Their branch at MOA was quite small and the air-conditioning was woefully insufficient.
Santouka has one of the most choices among the ramen restaurants I’ve eaten in so far. Check out the full menu here.
The best part, imho, are their sets which includes a small bowl of ramen with your desired soup base and a choice of viand and unlimited white rice. The sets are a very good deal since you get to eat a little of everything.
For dessert you can order Mochi Cream since it’s owned by the same group.
I liked their gyoza filled with Kurobota pork. The filling was juicy and meaty and not mushy like some others I’ve tasted.
All my friends ordered a different set. Evelyn had the set with fried chicken. I tried a small piece and it was very good. The chicken was crisp and well seasoned.
I couldn’t believe Aida ordered fried rice with ramen but secretly that’s what I wanted to order too. I tried the fried rice and it was soooooo good! Too bad this set isn’t offered anymore but you can always order the chahan (fried rice) as a side order.
Deb chose sushi for her set and spicy miso soup for her noodles.
Since I wasn’t very hungry I ordered their specialty ramen with roasted pork cheeks. I really like that you can order their ramen in 3 sizes – small, regular and large. This is great for kids or those who can’t eat as much.
I chose the miso soup like I always do. Their soup wasn’t oily and it was milky and very flavorful without being too salty. The noodles were chewy the way I like it.
While other ramens have a slice or two of pork this one had a very generous six slices of pork cheeks. The pork cheeks were very lean yet tender (not super soft) and tasted meaty. There was so much meat I couldn’t finish it and shared it with my friends. This is an incredible deal if I may say so.
Thank you to my beloved friends for meeting me at a moment’s notice. I have to visit your part of Manila more often.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka gets high marks for their extensive menu, sets, dessert options and flexibility in bowl sizes and soup options. Even the pickiest eater will be pleased in this ramen restaurant.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Manila menu
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
2nd Level, Entertainment Mall,
SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City,
Metro Manila, Philippines
G4-132 Ground Floor, Glorietta Mall, Ayala Center Makati
telephone: (02) 728-1381, 0917-8476087