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Agara Ramen: A “Feeling” of Comforting ‘Ramen-fixation’

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Agara Ramen is a wordplay from the Ilocano word “agraraman” which translates to a descriptive overtone, aimed at someone who is all-consuming… “Feeling” in all its colloquial innuendos…

“Agara ng pader!”

For Agara Ramen though, a quaint ramen bar, it cleverly addressed their local presence with a positive “feeling” of comfort specially in this “mostly-damp weather” yet cozy place for a mountain resort. Where comfort food lives up to its nourishing contentment, Agara Ramen allows one to experience that “agraraman” vibe, infusing that “feeling” of authenticity much like one is within an extension of a Japan prefecture…

A seasoned local restaurateur and entrepreneur, Ray Costa likewise shares his “gastronomically well-oiled” Japan eats-perience…

It’s what humbly makes Agara Ramen not quite the “agraraman” they “wheat-ily” imply their designation to be. They’re simply sharing a concept “whipped up” with local ingenuity as the closest-to-it for others to eats-perience… An outward admittance of such limitation yet compensating on its artisanal approach to a gastronomic “ramen-fixation” er ramification – delectably justifying the comfort in comfort food.

The Ramen-tic Bae” – sprinkling as well an artisanal delight as to the refined way of prepping a ramen…

And “ramen fixated”, there we were, “agraraman” – however that kind of “feeling” that had us drooling… Agara Ramen stimulated our cravings!

Tonkotsu Shio: …in salt-based pork broth for P280 ~ A seeming passport that transported us to a laidback most-tucked away prefecture…

It’s raining and I’m salivating…

Tonkotsu Shoyu for P290 ~ Shoyu-based as it differs from the ‘shio’ (preceding ramen) yet it seem to have added just a negligible amount for a visa to a more urbanized prefecture ~ for a “feeling” (of satisfaction)…

Now, I’m hungry…

Miso Ramen: …miso-based pork broth for P320 – Of ramen, I’m not really into the miso-based but this changed it all… I mean really, I’m like “I MISO so much!”

Oh and Agara Ramen ‘s Gyoza with that flavorsome sauce. If this is an appetizer, then it’s working as I’m typing…

The side dish that deserves to be at the center ~ Center Dish? One of the best gyoza I’ve had…

In between the varying flavors, it’s recommended (to add up to that “authentic feels”) that you sip Agara Ramen ‘s Mugicha (cold Japanese barley tea).

Mugicha

And of course (certainly not off-course) to spice it up a bit… For a “6-course ramen”, it’s only but “consume-ate” to level up on “pun-gency” (pun intended of course)… just channeling my Agara Ramen ‘s “agraraman” feeling of satisfaction.

Tantanmen: A fitting name for a locally offered ramen for those who like it spicy ~ sounds like an amalgam of “Intan ta RAMENan men!” For P320, I’d prefer it to be a bit spicier…

“Ma-RAMENan kon dagitoy…”

As “the OG of ramen”, it’s historical in nature much like how this Agara Ramen’s version of Chuka Soba is going to create history for it being one of their two flagship ramens… P299

You can taste the particularity to details put forth in it as Ray Costa (the ramen artisan), shows the proper preparation… Thus, it’s likewise appealing that Agara Ramen  imbibes that kind of Japanese ramen place authenticity.

Tsukemen: This is their “dipping ramen” as it’s up to you to dip the noodles in its broth ~ It “broth” us a “dip” understanding as to how ramen could be more enjoyable and you can have it for P299

We were made hungry in a “tastefully resonating” manner…

And the ramen artisan demonstrates the “utterly slurping way” of letting out that enjoyment when eating ramen…

And on the spot, we were challenged to consume our ramen in the fastest time we can… As good as their ramens were, we were like “Bring it on!” The record time to beat was 2 minutes and 57 seconds held by (as an added challenge) a “chopsticks-wielding-noodle-eating-like-it’s-their-staple-food” kind of a Chinese guy named Chino Chow – that alone, you’d be like “Damn! I’m “agraraman” to even take on that noodle eating machine…” – Nevertheless (indeed, as I had 29 seconds more…), I did it in 3 minutes and 26 seconds! Not bad for an old man considering the steaming hot ramen… Oh well, we’re “agraRamen!” (I’ll post the video some other time perhaps or for another post…)

There! The man to beat… That’s Chino (right) of ‘Eats In Baguio

For all it’s worth, no reason to sour-grape; none at all! The Agara Ramen treats are surely far from that as their ramens are worth coming back for. I’ll definitely not beat the record time, as I’d enjoy the time savoring one of the most cravings-rousing ramen I’ve had so far… We’re “agraraman” like that… Agara Ramen Heads!

SLUUUUUURRRRRRP!! BURP!

One “OA couple” to another… ‘Eats OA’ (Omeng and Ane) couple with the “OA” (Owners of Agara) couple, Mr & Mrs Costa

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