Being located on one of the busiest streets of Marikina, it’s hard not to miss Yuuko Ramen House. They’ve been open for a while now and I’ve actually eaten there once or twice to get my cheap ramen fix whenever I was having a craving during those “petsa de peligro” days. After a few visits, I suppose it’s about time for a proper review.
Yuuko Ramen House is located smack dab on the corner of V. Santos and E. dela Paz. It’s one of the busiest streets in Marikina because not only is it along a jeepney route, but private vehicles also take V. Santos to avoid the stop light at the sports complex intersection.
Parking near the establishment is basically at your own risk since it’s a busy corner, so I prefer to park near the local LTO branch and walk back. Just keep going along V. Santos from Yuuko Ramen House until you cross J. P. Rizal Street, go past the LTO office until you see the parking area near the river. There’s almost always a few parking slots free there if you don’t mind a bit of exercise to work up your appetite.
What It’s Like Inside
If you’re looking for a restaurant with ambiance, this is the last place you’ll find it. It’s a small step above the average carinderia, but not by much. I’ll update this post with photos as soon as I’m able to get them from my other phone, but trust me, it’s not for the maarte.
While affordable, their selection of ramen is actually quite limited. Their tonkatsu, beef, chicken, and even their seafood ramen all use a pork based broth. There’s a choice between regular and large, with the price starting at Php79 for a regular bowl of ramen and Php99 for a large bowl. They also have rice toppings, which start at Php59, as well as yakisoba and dry ramen if you want to try them out.
My regular bowl ta Yuuko is their Tonkatsu Ramen, which is just Php99 for a large bowl. For that kind of money, you get slices of tonkatsu (pork), a boiled egg, spring onions, nori (seaweed), and sesame seeds — swimming in a pork-based broth.
The noodles have consistently been on the softer side on all of my visits. It’s a little soft for my liking, although I do appreciate that they’re made in-house.
On its own, the broth could have been a bit more fatty, but the generous serving of spring onion and sesame seeds more than make up for it. Also, there’s something lacking in the quality of the freshness of the broth that I can’t quite put into words.
The hard-boiled egg has also consistently been left to cook for too long. Ideally, there should still be a soft, gelatinous yolk toward the center. Instead, it always comes out dry. Of course, slurping it from a broth can easily mask this little detail.
The star of the show should have been the tonkatsu, but honestly, since the broth was a bit of letdown, so was the flavor of the tonkatsu.
Is It Worth Coming Back For?
While their ramen is unspectacular, it’s still legit ramen for as low as Php79. Unsurprisingly, that’s more than enough reason to keep me going back there. Only when I’m desperate and short on cash though.