It was rainy last saturday ( August 4). When we decided and have a short meet-up in Caloocan. This is to meet old friends like Mr. Lebon Ong , Philip Reyes and Jose Juan Paraiso. We decided to have some sort of food trip within the area.
After waiting for almost 1 hour at LRT- Monumento 1 station, We finally met Mr. Jose Juan Paraiso. Our first stop was supposed to be Damen Daruma but the food stall is still close at past 4:00 pm.
Our small group decided to have a late afternoon snack at Princess Joanna Canteen near the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace Church. We ordered a chicken mami which cost Php 35 per order.
We spend about an hour or so at the residence of Mr. Lebon Ong before embarking to another food tour.
Ramen Daruma food stall
Ramen Daruma food stall was established around 2016 along 11th Avenue , East Grace Park, Caloocan. The food stall is near a popular drug store, popular bakeshop and the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace Church. Our group have eaten several times before, but was not able to feature this food stall because we did not brought our cameras.
We remembered that the Ramen is just Php 25, churros was just Php 5.00, Gyoza for Php 8 per piece, korroke, tacos, siomai, and okonomiyaki (Php65- whole, Php33 1/2 slice, Php17- 1/4 slice). Prices have increase since our last visit.
This stall had several interesting dishes which are authentic Japanese dishes. We have ordered Yakisoba at Php 45.00, Shoyu Ramen at Php 38.00, Korroke or Croquette at Php 20.00 , Okonomiyaki at Php 70.00 ( Osaka style) and Gyoza at Php 12.00 each .
Korroke or Croquette
Korroke or Croquette is a small bread crumbed fried food roll containing, usually as main ingredients, mashed potatoes or ground meat. They have a special sauce which makes this very filling afternoon snack .( Php 20.00) per order with special sauce. We missed the rice meal and their famous churros ( not available)
Gyoza is a type of Japanese dumpling – At Ramen Daruma food stall, it is deep fried and is crispy outside and filled with juicy filling inside, This comes with special sauce. This is one of the HIGHLY Recommended dish. ( Php 12.00) per piece.
Okonomiyaki which (literally means ‘grilled as you like it’) is a savory version of Japanese pancake, made with flour, eggs, shredded cabbage, meat , shrimps and topped with a variety of condiments. ( Osaka style ). We like the way it was cooked and seasoned quite well and the special sauce makes this dish a clear stand out! This cost Php 70.00 per order. Can be shared between 2 to 3 people.
Top-Okonomiyaki, (left) Shoyu Ramen and (right) Yakisoba
Shoyu Ramen is affordable and filling. However, I find the pork broth quite plain to my taste bud. How i wish they have added some chopped spring onions. I have nothing to expect for that price. ( Php 38 per order)
Yakisoba mix is also a simple and not your typical salty instant noodle type. I wish they have a more spicy version. Php 45.00 per order
L-R Mr. James Patrick Martin, Mr. Yuki Nakajima and Ms. Michelle Ortiz Sagum
Ramen Daruma delivers within Grace Park -East, Grace Park West and Bagong Barrio area for a minimum order of Php 200.00 plus Php 40.00 delivery charge.
We managed to meet with Mr. Yuki Nakajima, He is one of the proprietor of the food stall. He and Mr. Motonao Takahashi along with some friends decided to open a food stall within Caloocan to help his Japanese-Filipino relatives as well as to provide some job for the local residents.
Ramen Daruma branches
1.) #100 12th Avenue corner 8th Street Grace Park East Caloocan City(Take Out Only)
2. 11th Avenue Grace Park East Caloocan City
3. 10th Avenue corner A. Mabini Caloocan City
4. 248 Shop N Ride General Luis Street, Barangay Novaliches Proper, Quezon City
They are planning to expand the food stall business and is open for franchising.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ramendarumaphillipines/
Contact : 0956-0836992
10th Avenue (P. Burgos) corner A. Mabini Streets near Old Caloocan City Hall
Operating Hours- 12nn to 8:00 pm Sundays to Friday
Note: the prices quoted are subject to change without prior notice and the old price was posted for reference. We spent close to Php 400 in this food trip