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Becoming Ramen Heads at Agara Ramen Bar

Oh, the weather outside is frightful … ♪ ♫

2019-08-12 Baguio Agara Ramen (1)

The scenery in North Drive, August 12, 2019, 11:00 a.m.

… but the warm glow from Agara Ramen bar … and the prospect of eating tummy warming, tummy filling ramen is so delightful. (Got yah! *hihi Not a Christmas song.)

Well, it was the prospect of having ramen on a day like this that was the first and main come on, so when Ms. Mikka informed us of a media launch event at this Baguio born ramen house, X+1 were so game. #SupportLocal

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019

Eeiii, so many naruto/fish cakes. *hihi

Braving the storm-like conditions (I can’t believe there is no typhoon), me wearing a heavy above the knee skirt and sandals (Lesson learned from rainy blustery college days, that wearing pants, fancy boots, and trench coats is one of the best ways to run out of dry stuff to wear when you have to go out to class every day.), the noodle shop was sure a welcome sight. *contented sighs

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019

X all warm and toasty now. =b

The lights cast a cheery orange hue on every surface, even making the mural painted on the brick wall seem more vibrant, the open kitchen, the bar with seats for 14 ramen heads to sit shoulder to shoulder enjoying their meal, the industrial design that gave this ramen shop a more modern look, normalized my temp, the minute I walked through the threshold. =)

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019 menu

All the guests complete and seated, we were regaled with Agara Ramen Master Ray’s noodle bowl prep. (He learned all this because he’s a passionate ramenthusiast. \m/) (My favorite part was the charring of the barbecued pork slices. Burn, baby, burn! *heehaha Well, not burn, but char lang.) You see, we didn’t just come here to try a ramen bowl of our choice. Part of our first Agara experience was to sample every kind they had to offer.

Imagine my excitement, Team Costa (Mr. Ray and wife, Ms. Keith Ann) planned a progression of flavors for us. I always said (to my foodie lovies), the best way to distinguish tastes is to have them all in one sitting. And it’s so happening at this ramen restaurant. Weee!

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019

Ramen enthusiast and #AgaraRamen Master, Sir Ray on full ramen preparation mode

Tonkotsu Shio

We started with the light but still creamy rich salt based pork broth noodle soup.

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019 tonkotsu shio ramen

Tonkotsu shio ramen (Salt based pork broth)

Tonkotsu Shoyu

Then up a notch in the taste ladder, was the soy based pork broth. =D This tickled my taste buds, waking it up from slumber.

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019 tonkotsu shoyu ramen

Tonkotsu shoyu ramen (Soy based pork broth) =)

Side Dish – Gyoza

In order to avoid the cloying (That’s umay to us, Filipinos. I recently learned that word … Doesn’t have the same ring to it as umay though. *hee) feeling savory dishes like these have, Agara gyouza offers a variation in texture, a meaty mouthful to break the creamy monotony of the soup.

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019 gyoza

Gyoza *nomnomnom

Miso Ramen

This strong pork miso soup with a sprinkling of corn and sesame seeds, interestingly didn’t pack as much of a wallop in flavor compared to the shoyu. Must be the goddess ramen addition of corn *tahaha … which I got a spoonful of with the broth.

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019 miso ramen

Miso ramen, well garnished pretty miso ramen.

Tantanmen

It was in the spicy pork broth soup with sesame paste that I found the perfect taste. Uncanny, no? I can’t take spicy stuff, but let me tell you, this was just right. It’s the kind of spice that gets caught in one’s throat; cough it out and you’re good to go again. ^^,

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019 tantanmen spicy ramen

Tantanmen, spicy ramen (“,)

Drinks – Mugicha

Let’s pause a bit to take a sip of mugicha, a glass of cold barley tea, shall we? The concentrated porky goodness in the soup we just slurped up from the four bowls is fusing my lips together. =))

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019 muchiga cold Japanese barley tea

Mugicha, cold Japanese barley tea

Agara Ramen’s flagship dishes were saved for last. Were they the best, you ask? To Race and me, they were.

Chuka soba

Full on flavor, tons of umami for its mix of salty, hint of bitterness, a bit of a fishy taste, pork, chicken, mmm. Now, I’m torn between this and tantanmen.

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019 chuka soba

Chuka soba, the OG of ramen ^^,

Tsukemen

If we thought the tantanmen was luscious, this dipping ramen is double, even triple that. Makes my mouth water again now, just thinking about it. Also, the noodles used here are thicker and thus, have more bite to offer.  Tsukemen, you could say, is a must try since no other noodle store in Baguio has this. Only two restos in Manila serve it, Sir added. Whoa!

If you still have some soup left and all the noodles are gone, just ask the staff to add hot water to the thick soup, so you can down it in a sip or two. How about another serving of noodles? Or rice? *wink wink  You get the idea, my foodie friends.

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019 Tsukemen dipping ramen

Tsukemen, dipping ramen =D

Take note, to ensure that you get top quality dishes, they have a “no take out” policy here at Agara. Get your dishes just the way the Ramen Master and the universe meant it to be: Hot soup, perfect consistency noodles, tender charred char siu, soft boiled shoyu tamago … which they recommend you finish in less than 15 minutes.

I’m a certified potato head, but after our Agara Ramen foodievent, I’m seriously thinking about becoming a ramen head as well … more specifically, an #AgaraRamenHead. How I felt like a connoisseur, (Mr. Ray’s passion for ramen rubbing off on me), noting the subtle shifts of zinginess per dish prepared. *nasal French ho-ho-ho-ho

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019 Ramen bowls awaiting the final touches

Our ‘official’ noodle picks awaiting its final touches. #excited

The weather outside is frightful … but the atmosphere and the dishes at Agara noodle shop are so delightful. Just like that, you’re warm, comfy and soothed by these simple and down to earth foodstuff. (“,) (Where will you find me in the next couple of days? There at Agara Ramen, agraramen.)

Before I go … PROMO ALERT: On their grand opening day, September 8, 2019, be one of the first 100 customers in line when the store opens at 11:00 a.m., and Team Costa will give you your ramen order at 50% off. (Terms and conditions apply.)

Baguio Agara Ramen 2019

The ramen stars of Agara Ramen Noodle House ❤ ❤ ❤

Agara Ramen

Ground Floor, Rancho Guillermo Building

#80 North Drive, Engineer’s Hill

Baguio City, Philippines

https://www.facebook.com/AgaraRamen/

 

 

***It was great to finally meet you, Ms. Keith Ann. Thanks so much to you and Mr. Ray for having us over at your ramen bar. Thankies, Ms. Mikka. More power!

 

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18 responses to “Becoming Ramen Heads at Agara Ramen Bar”

  1. Elena says :

    I want to eat in Agara Ramen but I am not familiar with North Drive. Exact location pls.

  2. Mario says :

    7 Agara ramen nalafang nyo, Xine???!

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Mario! Oh, Agara gave us a little taste of the six noodle dishes they have, so that’s one bowl and we take a little sip and a small pinch of whichever component struck our fancy. With the shio, I was all over the char siu. Officially speaking, we just had one bowl to ourselves. I don’t think I can hack eating seven bowls. *hihi

      Thank you so much for following the food adventure on our end. I hope you have as great a time dining at Agara noodle shop. (“,)

  3. Rick says :

    Sayang no take out sa Agara malayo kasi samen mahirap lumabas ng ganitong panahon

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Rick. I’m sure Agara Ramen will be there when finally, the weather gets better. You can try them then and they’ll give you the best noodle bowl that they could offer.

      Thanks muchie for visiting FGBFs. Happy Baguio food quest to you! (“,)

  4. ryder says :

    nice to know ramens big difference is how much flavor. i think Im good with shio ramen but I will see if i can try other ramen in Agara. Try to try *^^*

    • XiNE says :

      Hello, ryder! I hope Agara Ramen resto’s shio ramen satisfies your cravings. May you also find a new ramen love when you finally get to try other Agara offerings.

      Thank you for dropping by Find Good Baguio Foods. Happy eatsploring! (“,)

  5. Janna says :

    Ill wait for the grand opening. I would love to have some Agara ramen 50% off. Cheers Find Good Baguio Foods!

    • XiNE says :

      Hello, Janna! *heehaha Good plan. I hope you enjoy your dining experience at Agara Ramen shop! Thanks for visiting this Baguio food blog! (“,)

  6. Alysa says :

    I love your features of foodievents very much. Your blog is already informative when you talk about your experience at a particular restaurant but you have so much more to tell us when its an event. It’s very nice of Agara Ramen to include bloggers like you to their event. Thank you for your posts, Xin.e

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Alysa! I’m glad you enjoyed this feature post on Agara Ramen bar. Appreciation for my online food quest diary, also much appreciated. (“,)

      Thank you so much for the support. Happy Agara ramen head transformation! *hihi

  7. XiNE says :

    Hello, vglbtailoringandprinting! Thank you so much for dropping by this food blog once more and for leaving a star for the Agara feature. More power to you! (“,)

  8. XiNE says :

    Hello there, Joyce! Ohh, another star for this feature post on Agara Ramen house. Thank you so much! Happy dining in and around Baguio City, food trip city! (“,)

  9. Adel says :

    Ang dami palang klase ng ramen iha.
    Salamat naman sa page mo may natututunan parin ako tungkol sa pagkain kahit may edad na ako. Tikman ko rin yan agara ramen pero yung hindi masyadong malasa baka pagalitan ako ng doktor ko.

    • XiNE says :

      Hello, Adel! Aww, I’m glad po, the posts here help open up the world more to you, even if it’s just Baguio dining.

      I hope you have a fantastic time at Agara whenever it is you visit and that you find the perfect ramen bowl for you. I’m sure Mr. Ray and Ms. Keith Ann would be founts of info so you can get the right taste that’s also great for your diet so doctor won’t get angry. *hihi

      Thank you so much po for visiting this page. Happy (healthy) eating po! (“,)

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