Where to have a taste of Japan in Malaybalay (delicious food, guaranteed)
During a trip to Japan a few years ago, my brothers and I stumbled upon this ramen shop in Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s busiest districts. They even had a controversial claim – “Best ramen in Tokyo, please come inside!” That piqued our curiosity so we did try them and it was the best decision. Our ramen was so good that somehow I lamented why we can’t find Japanese food that’s as good and affordable.
Well, fast forward to today, things have changed and, I guess as more and more Filipinos get to travel around the world, more various international cuisine are also “brought back,” introduced and offered in the Philippines.
Bukidnon is no exception. In Malaybalay City, the capital of the Province of Bukidnon, there’s this home-turned-into-rustic-eatery that’s fast gaining loyal fans.
Foods To Go Malaybalay (they changed their name to UKYO RAMEN) is fairly new but the man behind all the magic, Kevin or Kik, already started his foray into the world of food services years ago. He ran Casa Latino before which offered Mexican food. These days, he’s weaving his magic again and preparing delicious ramen, maki rolls, gyoza and kani salad with quality ingredients.
Just look at how appetizing this is! I shared this photo via my Facebook Stories and so many people wanted to know where in Manila, Cebu or Cagayan de Oro this was. Sorry to disappoint you, my hungry friends! This one’s taken in Malaybalay:
Here’s another one:
A little disclaimer before I continue — I went to Foods To Go Malaybalay (now UKYO RAMEN) with my cousin Dan and my friend Tong, the owner of Malaybalay co-working space and study cafe Busy Bean hence the huge order!
We had both the Kumamoto and Hakata (Ichiran) tonkotsu ramens, Kazan maki rolls and kani salad. They were all very delicious! The tonkotsu ramens had generous toppings and creamy broth that’s reminiscent of big-named ramen restaurants. The kazan maki roll was spicy and had an “earthy” flavor. The kani salad was a winner. Loved the scallops and the fresh, crunchy lettuce. Kevin also shared that he uses locally sold vegetables as much as possible. Thumbs up for businesses that use local produce!
More photos on the Bukidnon Online Facebook page
Foods To Go Malaybalay (Ukyo Ramen) is located at the Limbo residence across San Isidro College gymnasium, Impalambong. Look for a small gate that has a “Foods To Go” sign. It’s a home with a small terrace.
They also deliver. Call 0917 619 5549. Open from Monday to Sunday, 12 noon to 9 PM.