The ramen craze has finally hit Bacolod (about time), and it wasn’t all that long ago that ramen in Bacolod meant almost impossible, or settling for the mediocre. Times have changed, ladies and gentlemen. Thanks to all these ramen joints popping up. Joints like Ishin Japan Ramen, for one. The huge counter in the middle reminds me of the ramen shops in Japan. It gave me that impression that this place is legit. Great first impression. Individual tables are also available, perfect for families. I started with the tori-karaage (fried chicken / P150). It was okay— tender chicken pieces, seasoned well, but it wasn’t that memorable.
The ramen (P250), on the other hand, might just haunt my dreams. Ishin only specializes in one kind of ramen, and they chose the best one (according to me), tonkotsu. The pork-bone broth of this heavenly bowl is fatty, hearty and crazy fiiiine.
Bonus: Ishin allows take out orders. This is not usual for ramen shops, so I don’t know how the noodles’ quality may be affected with the travel time. Or you may just order their tonkatsu (P350), gyoza (P150), tempura (P280) and dashi-tamago (P150) if you’re as skeptical as I am bringing home the noodle soup.
Their standard ramen looks exactly like the photo below, it only comes with one chasu (marinated braised pork belly). Pro tip: order additional pork (P150), if you don’t mind an artery-clogging meal. Extra pro-tip: add ajitama (soft-boiled egg / P80) in your ramen for added bliss. The noodles are chewy and firm. The chasu almost melts in your mouth. The broth, well, may just be the best broth you’ll find in town.
Wash it down with some sake (P140) or local beers (P50). Kanpai!