My girlfriend and I are on a quest — a quest to finding the best ramen in Metro Manila. And our journey continues with this local Marikina restaurant that’s just, again, a 5-minute walk from where we live.
Hikojyu is this tiny Japanese place that we found via Zomato when we were looking for restaurants around Marikina Heights that offers ramen. It only had an average of 3.2 out of 5 but that didn’t stop us from trying it out.
And guess what? It was ah-ma-zing!
They only offer two kinds of ramen — Shoyu and Tonkotsu and of course, our hungry selves ordered both. Plus their 6-piece Gyoza.
Sadly for my spicy-loving self, they don’t offer a spicy soup option but they do have plenty of options to spice them up to your liking — which isn’t so bad if you think about it since the spice level would be entirely up to you.
So for the ramen. I ordered the Shoyu one and the girlfriend ordered the Tonkotsu but since I wanted the creamier soup, we ended up switching.
My god, both soups were delicioso! The noodles were cooked perfectly and we added just enough spice to make them as spicy as we personally preferred.
The only qualm that I have is the tenderness of the chashu — it wasn’t. I mean, it was still tasty but it was hard to take a bite because it wasn’t as soft as I would have liked mine to be. Also, the tamago (egg) isn’t like the usual ones from more expensive restaurants. What we had was just you regular ol’ boiled egg. But I’m not too picky about my eggs so whatever.
But really, both soups were absolutely divine. And the serving is big enough to be shared by two people. In fact, there were two other couples dining in when we were there and both couples shared a single bowl while we had separates. And of course, we consumed them all because they were both just great (plus we were both hungry and have been craving for ramen for days).
And oh, the Gyoza, you guys! It was so tasty and so good that I wanted more than my share of three. And the girlfriend wanted more for herself, too, so I couldn’t eat for myself what’s hers (sadly).
The only thing that I didn’t like about it is that it’s not completely filled inside. It was still a delicious treat but it would have been a 10 out of 10 in my book if there has been more filling.
Overall, a wonderful experience. The ambiance was really homely and it gave off that vibe that you were just eating at a friend’s house instead of out at a restaurant. There weren’t any waiters and everything was cooked and prepared and served by the owner herself and a guy who seemed like her son.
I think we may have found our go-to ramen place. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s merely a walk away from our place and the prices are very affordable.
6PM to 10PM (CLOSED ON MONDAYS)
98 Bayan-Bayanan Ave. Marikina Heights, Marikina City