Ramen Kuroda, a restaurant that is genuinely Japanese by heart, made our team of food photographers in Manila feel like despite years of having eaten ramen and sushi, we still haven’t experienced the beauty of Japanese cuisine — until our lens met their plates.
Japanese food has a globally high reputation for not only pleasing one’s sense of taste, but also appealing to the other senses. The steam ascending from their bowls of ramen is a peace-inducing scent of fresh ingredients boiled to perfection. To our food photographer, Manila is a melting pot of different cuisines and cultures, including a number of restaurants offering Japanese and other Asian food. But we traveled the outskirts to find the humble and serene outlet of Ramen Kuroda at BF Homes Paranaque and found ourselves relaxed by their dishes.
Try their Aka Ramen for a delicious contrast of umami and spiciness!
Ramen (ラーメン) was first introduced to Japan by China. Over the years, they have molded Chinese noodles to become the Japanese noodle soup we’ve grown fond of; a heavenly bowl containing Chinese wheat noodles, vegetables, meat, and soup boiled in rich broth. Ramen Kuroda prides itself with hearty servings of ramen that don’t just fill the hunger of diners but also give us a surge of relaxation; satisfying the body and refreshing the mind.
Aside from its articulate taste and definitive scent, authentic Japanese food is also known for its picturesque designs. With bowls and plates treated like frames, their food becomes a painting all on its own. And although to our food photographer, Philippines has its own rich food culture, Japan’s appeal to the sense of sight as art. With minimalist patterns formed to reflect their zen character and the manners by which dining traditions are upheld, eating at Ramen Kuroda is like dipping your tongue into Japanese culture.
In the Philippines, when you ask a food photographer, Manila restaurants claiming to have a Japanese concept would not be complete if they don’t serve fresh sushi. And perhaps the same is also true in other parts of the world because it is factually the most famous Japanese dish outside of Japan.
Sushi (寿司) is a popular dish which consists of rice prepared with vinegar, seafood and vegetable slices, commonly wrapped or rolled-up in paper-thin dried nori seaweed. In Japanese culture, the act of making sushi is done with high regards for creativity; each chef has their own style of wrapping the dish and arranging it on plate. What amazes us about this creation is how much it reflects the Japanese people’s affiliation with balance and serenity. So for a fellow craftsman who also has an eye for detail and beauty, our Chief Food Photographer, Manila-based artist, Adrian Agulto saw to it that each plate was shot at angles and contrasts that best depict these characteristics.
Ramen Kuroda has a variety of authentic Japanese food to choose from. All of which are guaranteed to give every foodie the pleasure of tasting another’s culture. This is Japanese food at its finest!
- 96 Aguirre Avenue, Phase 2 BF Homes Parañaque City
- Ground Floor Aseana ll BRADCO Avenue Aseana Parañaque City
- 3F RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue Makati City
Visit their website at http://kuroda.ph/