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November 12, 2012


November 12, 2012


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Finally, the Double Cheese Tsuke-men topped with parmesan and cheese sauce is finally here in Manila!  The long-awaited opening of the first international franchise of MITSUYADO SEI-MEN brought to Manila by the UCC group was met with raves by loyal Manila-based Japanese crowd. 

With the Ramen craze in full swing in Manila, Ramen-loving Filipinos would definitely love this Tsuke-men or "Dipping Noodle" innovation. 

Here are some tips to have an awesome Tsuke-men experience at Mitsuyado's:

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It has an unassuming entrance, but as you enter

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... you get transported into a Japanese street-food ambiance inspired by the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, in Yokohama, Japan.

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I love Mitsuyado's unique look and feel (vs. the modern ambiance look of most restos) accented by re-created vintage Japanese posters.

Mitsuyado Sei-Men's Tsukemen-9.jpgTIP: If you want a more authentic street food experience, reserve the Noodle Cart table specially if you have kids :)

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The resto has a mini private room for meetings and functions.

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Mitsuyado Sei-Men MenuTsukemen, Special Tsukemen | Extra Toppings, Ramen | AE-SOBA, Donburi & Rice | Side Orders, Desserts | Drinks & Coffee

Don't miss to try the Tsukemen. But they also have the regular Ramen and other Japanese favorites. 

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★ Gyoza (P160 +10% service charge).

The Gyoza is getting raves because of its thin wrapper hand-made onsite from the same Japanese flour used in the noodles. It's seared and not fried, and would definitely please any gyoza lover.

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Chicken Karaage (P190 +10% service charge).

For kids, we would order the karaage for starter -- it was not too oily, but it has a taste of ginger.

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★ Karashi Tsukemen (Regular - P250 +10% service charge).

What makes Tsuke-men awesome is the big fat al dente (think chewy) noodle which is made in the resto on the day itself. For spicy-ramen lovers, you have to order the Karashi - a spicy pork tonkutsu-based sauce.

(Tip: If you want Super al dente, order the noodle cold; Medium al dente, order it warm; and Regular al dente, order it hot.)

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The idea is to dip the noodle in the sauce and slurp it :) In this way, you can enjoy the yummy taste of the al dente noodle itself and it uses a specific Japanese flour (different from the typical ramen dish) so that it can absorb the sauce quickly.

(Tip: For the left over sauce, it's yummy to drink the sauce by itself or put it on top of rice :)

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★ Double Cheese Tsukemen (Large - P380) with Marutoku (char sui, Japanese Egg, Nori, Vegetables - P80 Extra toppings) +10% service charge.

It's the first time we have eaten ramen noodles topped with parmesan and poured or dipped-in cheese sauce. It comes with a tonkotsu sauce with yuzu a citrus fruit which is a cross between mandarin and grapefruit. 

Just imagine yourself enjoying the different flavors of parmesan, cheese sauce, pork tonkutsu, and tangy yuzu with the chewy al dente noodle in each bite.

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For kids, we decided to put the noodle on a soup spoon, pouring the cheese sauce over it and dipping it in the yuzu tonkotsu sauce. 

For the best experience, order char siu, japanese egg and vegetables on the side and your meal is complete :)

(Tip: Another combination is to try the Curry Tsukemen which does not have the yuzu tangy taste and order the cheese sauce as extra toppings.)

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Sumiyaki Coffee Jelly with Ice-Cream (P90 +10% service charge).

To cap your meal, you can have the Sumiyaki Coffee dessert of UCC and their siphon Sumiyaki coffee. 

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Here's a souvenir shot of the boys with the Hubert Young of the UCC empire for our photo collection :)

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Overall, we love the gyoza, karashi and double cheese sauce Tsuke-men, and the street- food-inspired ambiance :) Of course, you can enjoy quality UCC siphon coffee afterwards :) Considering that most of the ingredients are imported, the pricing is a good deal already. Budget P500/person.

MITSUYADO SEI-MEN The House of Tsukemen
No. 22 Jupiter Street, Brgy. Bel Air, Makati City, Philippines.
Operating Hours: 11.00am to 12.00am Monday to Sunday
Telephone: +632 511-1390 
Facebook: Mitsuyado sei-men

★ - Highly Recommended to Order

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Full Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of Mitsuyado Sei-men but I wrote this blog post myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I have no business relationship with any company mentioned in this post or any organization promoting it. As a policy, I don't accept advertising from food and travel places we feature in the blog. 

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P.S. Before leaving, you must visit the Yamato Japanese Bakery which is already a spin-off from the Japanese bread section in UCC.

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The unique best sellers in Yamato are Okonomiyaki (P55), Sweet Potato Cake (P45), Apple Raisin (P50), and Croissanwich (Whole - P270, and Mini - P130). We personally like the chewyJapanese donuts (P15) for the kids :)

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What makes it yummy are the freshly baked bread onsite :)

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Everyone usually leaves Mitsuyado with a take out brown bag from Yamato.

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YAMATO Bakery Cafe
No. 22 Jupiter Street, Brgy. Bel Air, Makati City, Philippines.
Operating Hours: 6.00am to 9.00pm Monday to Sunday
Telephone: +632 511-1390 

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