MANILA – The ramen craze in the Philippines is showing no signs of slowing down as another big player is set to arrive in the country.
Japanese ramen chain Ippudo will soon open at the third floor of the Mega Fashion Hall in Mandaluyong City, which is also home to Hong Kong’s critically acclaimed Tim Ho Wan.
“Another first in Manila only at the Mega Fashion Hall. Coming soon: Japanese Ramen Dining #Ippudo 3/L,” SM Megamall wrote in an Instagram post.
Ippudo will be brought to the Philippines by the same team behind Yabu, a homegrown Japanese restaurant specializing in katsu (breaded cutlet).
Founded in Japan in 1985, Ippudo has branches in New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Shanghai. The restaurant is known for ramen such as the Akamaru Shinaji, which includes tonkotsu broth, miso, garlic oil, lean pork slices, black fungus, soybean sprouts and scallions.
Manila is already home to a number of Japanese ramen chains such as Hanamaruken, Ramen Nagi and Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen.