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Comfort Food For Rainy Days

Rainy days are here again… and whether it is sweater weather or a cuddle-time, people are turning to comfort food to soothe and cheer themselves. And there’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of warm, flavorful soup to lift your mood and make you feel better.

This is also the best time for mallgoers to enjoy a bowl of hot, nourishing soup at the SM Mall of Asia – from simmering hand pulled noodles with veggies, to hot pot noodles to delicious broths with choice cuts from Japan, China, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

The ramen craze some years back re-introduced Filipinos to this Japanese noodle soup made of Chinese style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth.  And they loved it –  with its soy sauce or miso flavorings, and its sliced pork, nori, menma, and scallion toppings.

It is said that every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen, such as the tonkotsu or pork bone ramen of Kyushu, and the miso ramen of Hokkaido. It’s not surprising foodies will love the different ways of serving ramen at the SM Mall of Asia’s Japanese restos.

Kimono Ken delights its customers with “straight from the kitchen goodness” that satisfies both its customers’ palate and pocket. These rainy days, try their Negi Ramen, a spicy miso-based ramen with leeks, minced pork, chashu and vegetables; and its Ebi Tempura Udon, noodle soup with ebi and kakiage tempura toppings. Kimono Ken is located at the Level 1 of North Main Mall.

Ramen Nagi, a Fukuoka-born ramen restaurant is famous for trailblazing the Omotenashi sheet, a personalization option that lets guests customize their ramen bowl. In line with the times, Ramen Nagi is now serving “Ramen to Go” for all your COVID-19 ramen cravings. Essentially, it’s a takeout box with your choice of one of their four popular ramen bowls: Butao King, Red King, Black King, or Green King. It’s also offering chicken karaage, chasiu rice, and gyoza. Ramen Nagi is located at the Level 1 of South Main Mall.

Tsuke-men, one of the newest food stops in MOA, serves ramen with the noodles separate from the broth, so you can either dip your noodles in thick soup or have the soup on its own. Their Niboshi Ramen is a must-try! Tsukemen is located at MOA Food Hall located at the third level of SM Mall of Asia.

The fascinating diversity of Chinese cuisine –Sichuan and Hunan is hot and spicy, Shandong is fresh and salty with a lot of seafood, Cantonese is sweet and light – is reflected in the soup selections in the Mall of Asia’s restaurants.

Hong Kong Little Kitchen brings the flavors of the streets of Kowloon to the heart of Manila. Here, guests can have the freedom to choose how they want to enjoy their noodle soup, with regular, spicy or dry noodles. Hong Kong Little Kitchen, which is also known for its HK Roasts, is located at the Level 1 of North Main Mall.

Roast Chicken Co, which also serves specialties from Hong Kong is the perfect place to reward yourself with warm hearty soups after a day’s hard work like their bestselling Wanton Noodle Soup and Beef Kenchi Noodle Soup. Roast Chicken Co is located at Level 3 of MOA Food Hall.

Mann Hann, which is known for its delicious Fookien cuisine, serves classic Chinese soups Maki Mi, Green Seafood Soup with Scallops, Batchoy Seaweed Soup, and their Seafood Lomi. Mann Hann is located at level 1 of North Main Mall.

Masuki Restaurant, which was established in Chinatown by John Ma in the 1960’s instantly became the go-to place of Filipino Chinese families for distinctly delicious mami soup and dimsum dishes. It has been very popular for its Antigua Mami served since 1930’s. Masuki is located at Level 1 of North Main Mall.

Laksa, a mainstay of Southeast Asian cuisine, originated from the Pernakan culture and is commonly served in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and southern Thailand. This spicy noodle dish consists of various types of noodles, most commonly thick rice noodles, with chicken, prawn or fish toppings. Most variations of laksa are prepared with a rich and spicy coconut soup seasoned with sour asam (tamarind or gelugur).

Limapulo which is located at the new MOA Food Hall serves authentic Malaysian dishes, freshly prepared with the strong Peranakan flavors intact. Their Laksa is a best-seller as is their Beef Curry and Grilled Pork.

Manam specializes in serving up Filipino food in classics and twists, and their hearty soups like Sinigang na Beef Short Rib are perfect for rainy days. Also worth a try is its signature House Crispy Sisig. Manam is located at Level 1 of South Main Mall.

These comforting soups- and more – are available for limited dine-in, take-out, alfresco and delivery at the SM Mall of Asia.

Written by Village Connect

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