As a big fan of ramen, it would be inevitable for me to run into the problem of craving ramen at 4 in the morning. This could be brought to you by after-party hunger or waking-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night hunger.
Ramen houses have been sprouting like mushrooms around metro Cebu, but not all of them open doors during the wee hours in the morning; enter Hamakaze.
Nestled in A.S. Fortuna, right beside Oftana Suites and across the new Jollibee, Hamakaze is a humble hole-in-the-wall that serves ramen until 5AM.
We met the owner Taka-san, a Japanese based in Singapore. He shared that Hamakaze is his eleventh restaurant venture across Southeast Asia.
Taka-san shared that ramen is the national ‘drunk food’ in Japan (as ‘pochero’ is in Cebu), hence they are open after hours–from 6PM until 5AM.
To work up our appetite, we were served the custom Japanese appetizers: Gyoza, Japanese fried dumplings, Tori Kaage, Japanese-style fried chicken with Kimuchi Chahan, Japanese-style fried rice on the side. The Kamaage or Fried Chicken was a big hit in our table.
We paired the food with different types of iced tea, which were refreshing and not as sweet as what most of the restaurants in Cebu serve (if you like it sweeter, you can always ask for some sugar syrup).
TYPES OF RAMEN
Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish consisting of wheat noodles and typically served with meat- or fish-based broth, flavored with salt, soy sauce or miso. Toppings are usually sliced pork, seaweed and green onions.
Do you know that there are many types of ramen? Here are just some of the basic types we got to try in the restaurant.
ZARU RAMEN (COLD RAMEN)
Zaru Ramen is basically ramen without the broth–a kind of salad on a plate with different toppings. Taka-san shares that Zaru Ramen is seasonally offered in China, especially during summer season when it is too warm to have the typical hot ramen.
YAKISOBA (OILY RAMEN)
Yakisoba or oily ramen is ramen without the hot broth, but instead the noodles are stir-fried, tossed with different toppings on top.
SHOYU RAMEN (RAMEN WITH CLEAR BROTH)
Shoyu ramen is soy sauce-based broth that you typically see in most Japanese restaurants.
TONKOTSU RAMEN (COLLAGEN SOUP)
Tori Ramen or Collagen soup usually has a rich, cloudy broth, achieved by boiling pork bone, fat and collagen over high heat for at least eight hours.
Collagen is esteemed to have anti-aging effects reputed to be better than botox, with active ingredients that strengthen the joints, bones, skin and hair. The many benefits certainly makes this my instant favorite!
TSUKEMEN (JAPANESE DIPPING NOODLES)
Japanese Dipping noodles consist of separate bowls, one containing noodles and another of the soup. Simply take a few strands of noodles and dip into the collagen soup!
Address – AYS Bldg., A.S. Fortuna, Mandaue City (across Jollibee in AS Fortuna)
Opening Hours – 12PM-3:30PM for lunch and 6:30PM-5AM for dinner and after hours
Contact number – 032) 505-4220
Facebook: Hamakaze Japanese Restaurant
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