I’ve always been quite honest with my readers on this blog which is why I shamelessly admit that I am not a fan of Ramen. It’s pretty lame considering half the population of the world absolutely LOVES it but to be honest, I think it’s just meh.
I partly think that my lack of appreciation comes from the fact that 1. I don’t like soup/ broth and 2. I don’t know anything about Ramen. The second reason may not deem true to most of you but I find food more interesting when I know a little bit more about it, it’s history and it’s “claim to fame”.
A couple of months ago (you can tell by the color of my hair…), I was invited to attend a short class about ramen at the Barikata Ramen Bar and as hesitant as I was, I went anyways. I’m glad that I did though, despite my complete ignorance on the topic because I got to learn so much (which I will discuss below) and I got to eat a lot of noodles. lol. And although I might not be crazy Ramen ’til this day, I definitely have a new respect for it.
So here are 3 things I learned about ramen:
- The name Ramen is of Chinese decent but these noodles were actually invented in Japan.
2. There are 4 types of broth: Shio (salt), Tonkotsu (pork bone), Shoyu (soy sauce) & Miso (miso and fish broth)
3. Tonkotsu broth, which is what is served at Barikata, comes from boiling pork bones, fat and collagen over high heat for many hours. This process suffuses the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency.
SHIRO (original tonkotsu ramen) – P 335.00
KURO (black roasted ground garlic and sesame oil) – P 355.00
AKA (hot and spicy ground pork and chili oil) – P 355.00
Sampler Bento Box
Barikata Ramen Bar is located at the Calyx Building of IT Park, Cebu City with operating hours everyday from 11:30AM–1:30PM & 5:30–10:30PM.
For inquiries & reservations call (032) 268 9582