Ramen is my favorite Japanese dish. In fact, though there are lots of possible dishes in Japanese cuisine, it’s always the first that I could think of whenever someone mentions Japanese food.

My love for ramen is the same reason why I’m meticulous whenever I’m served a bowl of it.

Hanamaruken, a restaurant in Trinoma, offers Happiness with their Signature Ramen dish.

Gyoza and Pot Belly Ramen

Hanamaruken’s Gyoza

It has become my tradition that when there’s ramen, there should also be a plate of Gyoza.

This ramen house’s gyoza is not the best but better than most of the Gyozas I’ve had from other Japanese restaurants. I find it a bit salty than usual. And it could have been better if the charred side was much crunchier.

Pot belly ramen
Pot Belly Ramen

One of the must-try bowls is the Pot Belly Ramen. There was no awe reaction from my eyes because everything on top was ordinary: the naruto slices, cuts of pork, green onions.

But the moment you chow down on it, I’m sure that you’re going to enjoy every sip of the porkylicious broth and the well-cooked equally delicious pork slices.

Hanamaruken Ramen’s Signature Happiness Ramen

Hanamaruken Ramen's Signature Happiness Ramen
Experience happiness with Hanamaruken Ramen’s signature dish

The most in-demand dish in Hanamaruken is their Signature Happiness Ramen. This ramen lives up to its name – it is really HAPPINESS in a bowl.

When it’s served, the first two things to notice are (1) the nori on the side of the bowl, and (2) the attention-seeking slab of meat on top of the noodles.

The nori on the side has Japanese characters written on it, which literally means “marriage”. It’s probably pertaining to the perfect combination of the pork rib, the noodles and the soup.

Speaking of pork rib – the generous slab of pork rib – it didn’t look like the traditional cut of ribs. But I felt satisfied with just looking at it.

Tender, slow-braised soft bone pork rib
Tender, slow-braised soft bone pork rib

The meat was so soft that I only needed my chopsticks to eat it and it was easy to chew!

The flavor of the ribs were like smoky and sweet – great combination.

The soup was wonderful, too. However, I was not comfortable finishing the soup because it was too greasy.


I recommend that you visit Hanamaruken and try a bowl of their Signature Happiness Ramen to experience the perfect combination of the huge cut of pork rib and the sinfully great flavor of the soup.

But it’s not for those who monitor their cholesterol because of the too much grease.


Hanamaruken Ramen
2nd Floor, North Triangle
Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
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