23 February, 2011on
The only effective way to avoid getting a hangover is really…not to drink at all. But on the rare occasions of being plastered the night before and waking up with a throbbing head, this would be one of the foods I prefer to help me get by. A big bowl of shoyu chashu ramen (a.k.a. Tokyo ramen). Ukkokei Ramen Ron’s fine example of this dish consists of slow simmered pork belly or flank strips with marinated bamboo shoots (called menma) and thick-ish al dente ramen noodles in this most rich, bold and flavorful soy based broth topped with lots of chopped scallions.
The tender streaky (but not too fatty) pork, which has this slightly cured flavor almost resembling that of bacon or ham, provides one with necessary protein and the chewy noodles some much needed carbs. The hot umami packed broth fortifies and replenishes lost body salts from dehydration. (I generally prefer the soy base for its cleaner character versus the miso and tonkotsu.) The sprinkling of togarashi and chili laced sesame oil along with the actions of tucking your face into the steaming bowl helps clear the nasal passages.
Thankfully one need not be wasted to enjoy a great bowl of ramen. I’m thinking one would actually appreciate it more when sober.
Ukkokei Ramen Ron
Upper G/F Tesoro Building
Arnaiz Ave, Makati City
Tel: (632) 856 4588