By CJ Juntereal
Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba officially opens its doors to the public in Uptown Mall, BGC on July 12! Mazesoba, translates as “mixed noodles” and is a type of ramen without broth that has gained popularity in Japan over the past eight to 10 years. The story is that mazesoba was invented by a Japanese chef in Nagoya in 2008.
Menya Kokoro is the brainchild of Chef Takuma Ishikawa, who opened his first mazesoba shop in Tokyo in 2013. In 2014, a year after it opened, it was hailed as Tokyo’s number one mazesoba. He has since opened shops in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Canada, and in 18 locations in Japan. The Philippine branch is the first of its kind here in Manila. Here’s a sneak peak of some early favorites.
The Spicy Mazesoba contains spicy minced pork, minced raw garlic, nori, an avalanche of chopped green onions, and a perfectly runny egg. Mix everything together with the thick, spicy sauce at the bottom of the bowl, and slurp up a smoky, spicy, umami-filled mouthful of thick chewy noodles. Another crowd pleaser is the Zenbu Mazesoba that contains everything in the Spicy Mazesoba plus bamboo shoots, tender chunks of chasu with a smoky sear on the outside, and half a tamago. It doesn’t have the chili heat the Spicy Mazesoba has, but makes up for it with its balance of rich, fatty, creamy, fresh, and pickled flavors. To cut through the richness, mix in a few drops of Menya Kokoro’s special vinegar.
Menya Kokoro in the Philippines will initially serve six variations of mazesoba, including a cheese version and a vegan version. It also has side dishes such as takoyaki, gyoza, and edamame on its menu.
As a final word of advice, when eating with friends, don’t offer to share your bowl of mazesoba, you’ll regret not being able scrape up every last bit of that umami goodness!
MenyaKokoro Tokyo Mazesoba.3/F, Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City. Opens to the public on July 12.