Saturday, March 7, 2015

Mitsuyado Sei-Men

Dipping noodles. Mitsuyado Sei-Men offers a different approach to eating your noodles. With tsukumen, you get some noodles, dip it in the sauce, then eat it. This is unlike ramen where the noodles is already in the soup/broth.

To get a bit of everything, we ordered the Marutoku Tsukumen, large serving since it has aji-tama (Japanese soft boiled egg), char siu (pork), yasai (vegetables), and a sheet of nori (seaweed). We also had an order of gyoza to accompany our meal.

Our gyoza was served first. It had a steamed wrapper on one side and a fried side at the bottom which added a different texture. The filling tasted of pork and its pork oil which was good by itself. If you want something saltier, a dip in its sauce would do.

Here comes our main order, the serving size did not disappoint. The large version can be shared by two people with average appetite. We chose to have our noodles served hot (you can opt for cold noodles). The noodles were thick, chewy, and a good base for the flavorful dipping sauce.

A component of the dipping sauce is yuzu – a citrus fruit, and a dominant soy based flavor. This kind of reminds me of a toyo-mansi pancit canton probably because it also has a citrus fruit and soy sauce.

The dipping sauce is not solely broth. It has some tender pork chunks, vegetables, and naruto (shaped fish cake) as well. The pork chunks absorbed the flavor of the dipping sauce resulting to a citrus-soy taste pork.

The marutoku set of toppings added more flavor to the meal. The vegetables had a light crunch and the char siu provided more meat. I liked the soft yolk of the egg.

What I also like about the place are its interiors. The walls were designed to look like Japanese shops along a street and the ceiling was painted to look like the sky.

There was even a ramen cart.

And a bike on the wall (?).

Branch visited located at: Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City

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