With its world wide appeal and popularity, the Japanese ramen has turned out to become such an intense source of pride for Japan. It is so popular, Chefs around the world are in serious pursuit of locating and determining the best Japanese ramen ever made.
I myself love a number of ramen varieties and such popularity makes me so jealous on why our Filipino-made and Filipino-developed noddle dish could not be as popular as that of the savory ramen. I wish and dream on the day when the erstwhile and yummy Pinoy Lomi would be as popular, as trendy and as pursued-after kind of a noodle dish like that of the Japanes Ramen.
Japanese Ramen houses are literally everywhere around the planet. But can you envision and imagine having a Lomi House in the well-appointed streets of New York, Paris and Sydney?
And while I patiently wait until such an embryonic and what seem to be ridiculous vision turned out to become such a shocking and ridiculous reality, let me feature one savory Lomi that I and friends recently tried when we went to San Juan in the province of Batangas.
Cafeño the leading café restaurant in San Juan, Batangas (according to Tripadvisor) offers a very good variety of Lomi. Picture freshly-cooked thick noodles, rich and savory broth, the perfect amount of spice, half-cooked egg topped with crispy pork cracklings!
I would not say Cafeño’s version of Lomi is the best Lomi in the country. It is because I have always believed that there is no such thing as the best Lomi. This Pinoy noodle dish is supposed to be of a personal preference. It’s more on having your own favorite variety. Thus, unlike the popular ramen houses who claims to serve the best ramen dish, there is no best Lomi in the country because every Pinoy definitely would have their preferred and darling Lomi version. And so far, Cafeño’s version has been my personal choice and favorite.
The Pinoy Lomi may not be as highly-sophisticated like some of the ramen varieties but this meal manages to be so comforting and soul-soothing at the same time. It is a properly balanced bowl dish that earthlings outside the Philippines has yet to discover.
Nakakagulat na sarap!