Finally, my wife and I were able to find time to try out this much talked about hole-in-the-wall along Aguirre Ave just across El Grande Ave. Of course, we had our biases with us because by far the best ramen for us is still Yushoken, but we kept are minds and tastebuds open. We were quite lucky because there was no one in queue. Previews on this place mentioned that there could be a queuing line because only 13 persons can be seated inside at one time. We only waited for a few minutes for available seats. SO, as we took our seats we could see the Japanese owner preparing each order himself while his Filipina wife was taking the orders with the assistance of other kitchen staff. We ordered the usual Shoyu Ramens and Gyoza - the best sellers. My first move into the ramen was to taste the char-siu pork, and the words that came out of my mouth were, "WHAT THE HELL?!?!?!" Then my mind kept rambling, "HOW THE HELL IS THIS PORK SO SOFT THAT IT MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH?!?!?!" It was soooooo good. The pork was so tender. The noodles were also good. The broth was light. Mensakaba's Ramen is much different from Yushoken's (or Mendokoro's which is Yushoken's twin anyway). They're apples and oranges. Yushoken's broth is thick & heavy and packed with flavor. Mensakaba's broth is light and airy. They're the best at their own game but not directly in competition with each other. A DEFINITE MUST TRY FOR RAMEN LOVERS.
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