Happiness at Hanamaruken Ramen, Alabang Town Center

Hanamaruken Ramen
2nd Level, New Wing, Alabang Town Center
Alabang, Muntinlupa

Since I hopped on the ramen bandwagon, I find myself craving for a steaming hot bowl of the tantalizing broth and noodles every so often.  I’ve tried a few ramen houses with friends and with my hubby, but I find myself coming back to only two of those places.  Hanamaruken Ramen is one of those two.

Located on the 2nd Level of the (not so) New Wing in Alabang Town Center (ATC), I was initially skeptical of this Ramen House since it was the only food establishment in that area of the mall.  One rainy date day in ATC called for something hot and steaming, and we decided to give this establishment a try. Wahooo, instant fave find again in ATC!

Hanamaruken Ramen on the 2L of ATC’s New Wing

They serve complimentary hot tea immediately after you place your order. Emphasized with the sipping of hot tea while waiting for your food, the place is cozier and feels more spacious and comfortable compared to most ramen houses I’ve been to. I can say it uses mostly “wood meets industrial” in its interiors, with several pigs (figuratively speaking… as in figurines, ha) hogging (pun intended!) accents in the interiors.


Spot the hogs?
More hogs
I can’t figure this decorative wall out, but there were no pigs hanging here, thank goodness.
To date, the hubby and I only go to ramen houses when we don’t have the kids with us, as you always need all your senses when slurping and enjoying a hot bowl of the savory broth and al dente noodles.  In Hanamaruken Ramen, we always order the same things:

An order of gyoza. Eight chewy pieces to tide us over before our bowls arrive.
My hubby gets the Signature Happiness Ramen.  He likes that the broth is not too salty, and that the huge slab of pork rib is super tender and flavorful.

Happiness Ramen.  Founder Takaku Arakawa’s ramen masterpiece: A shoyu tonkotsu broth ramen topped with tender, slow-braised custom cut soft-bone pork rib.

A closer look at hubby’s bowl of happiness
I prefer the Curry Tan Tan Mien: a satisfying combination of heat, spice, flavor, al dente noodles, and a mound of ground pork meant to be mixed into the broth.  On especially cold days, this curry dish does the trick for me.

My Curry Tan Tan Mien. Tonkotsu, sesame paste, curry.
Though it’s curry, it’s really only mildly spicy. My choice for a bowl of happiness in Hanamaruken!
Hanamaruken Ramen is a subsidiary of the Arakawa Pork Company in Japan.  As per our server, they source their meat solely from Arakawa Pork Company. In any case, being a subsidiary of a pork supplier should mean that customers can expect to taste their expertise in preparing the pork used in their dishes.

the one-spread menu
Hanamaruken Ramen also has rice options if you fancy to skip the noodles and go with a steaming bowl of rice toppings instead. If I can stop myself from ordering my favorite curry ramen, I think I’ll try their rice bowls next time.

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