Mitsuyado Sei-Men’s Rich and Savory Cheese Tsukemen

December 10, 2016

Mitsuyado Sei-Men's delicious cheese tsukemen is a ramen dish that is worth trying.

Mitsuyado Sei-Men is best-known for its cheese tsukemen, which is a ramen dish that is typically eaten with the noodles separate from the broth. To enjoy this type of ramen, the noodles are dipped in the broth and a sauce before being consumed. 
Mitsuyado Sei-Men's Cheese Tsukemen
Cheese tsukemen

Mitsuyado Sei-Men’s Rich and Savory Cheese Tsukemen

    Our experience in Mitsuyado Sei-Men

    I love cheese and ramen so when I heard of Mitsuyado Sei-Men's cheese tsukemen from a colleague, I just had to try it.

    Cheese sauce for the tsukemen at Mitsuyado Sei-Men
    Cheese sauce

    It was my first time to hear about tsukemen so I was infinitely curious. I never really imagined ramen served that way, much more eat it with a cheese sauce. I had to find out if it indeed deserved all the raves it was getting.

    Mitsuyado Sei-Men is your typical Japanese restaurant with all the lanterns and Japanese-themed decors. The servers and chefs were also dressed in Japanese costume. 

    We went here during lunchtime but there were just a few diners. There were a lot of empty tables but we had already reserved a function room because we were a big group.

    The interior of the restaurant was bright and spacious. It was welcoming, which is a plus point for any restaurant. 

    Trying the food

    As can be expected, we ordered Cheese Tsukemen and Chicken Black Pepper Don.

    The origin of ramen is unclear but literature describes it as a fairly modern dish, having been invented in the early 19th century.

    Cold noodles at Mitsuyado Sei-Men
    Cold noodles

    The very base of ramen is a rich broth made by slowly boiling meat and bones for long hours or by simmering fish, and then simply seasoning it with either salt or light soy sauce. 

    Wheat noodles provide the carbohydrates while slivers of meat supply the protein. Seaweed, leeks, and vegetables add a depth of flavor and texture to the soup. Miso can also be added to render the broth with more flavor.

    Broth for the tsukemen at Mitsuyado Sei-Men
    Ramen broth

    Tsukemen is also prepared the same way but, again, the noodles, the broth, and the sauce is served separately.  

    If the typical bowl of ramen is best consumed during cold days, tsukemen is ideally eaten during hot days. To eat tsukemen, dip the noodles in the sauce and the broth. As with the norm in Japan, an audible slurp is an applause to the chef.

    Cold is best

    Tsukemen may be ordered cold or warm but the server recommended that the best way to enjoy it is cold.

    When my order arrived, I did not wait any further and immediately poured the cheese over the noodles. After this, I added spoonfuls of the flavorful soup to the cheese-noodle mix. 

    My first bite confirmed how savory the dish is. It was filled with umami taste and each bite was full of the delicious meaty taste of the broth and the creamy taste of the cheese. The cold noodles highlighted the flavors of the broth as well as the cheese.

    Our verdict

    A bowl of this dish costs P350 for the regular size and P390 for a large bowl. Considering this is one of the best ramen dishes I have tried, I expected it to be costly. However, I was pleasantly surprised because its price was at par with other popular Japanese restaurants around Metro Manila.

    Chicken Black Pepper Don at Mitsuyado Sei-Men
    Chicken black pepper don

    We also tried the Chicken Black Pepper Don, a rice dish topped with chicken chunks and a tangy, mildly sweet sauce. It was also very savory, the chicken meat and sauce were best eaten with spoonfuls of rice to temper the richness of the sauce. It was also priced well, very easy-on-the-pocket at Php270 per bowl.

    With the competitive pricing of Mitsuyado Sei-Men’s dishes, Japanese food enthusiasts may enjoy their favorite dishes whenever they crave it, without breaking their budget.

    Mitsuyado Sei-Men's branches

    Mitsuyado Sei-Men has branches in the following locations. You may also call your preferred branch in the telephone numbers indicated below if you have inquiries:

    Makati City

    22 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
    Telephone numbers: +63285111390 and +63285111759

    Pasay City

    Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue Corner EDSA, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
    Telephone number: +63288434329

    Pasig City

    Second Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
    Telephone number: +63279466519

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    1. My goodness that looks so good. I need this cheese tsukumen IN MY LIFE! I hope they have a vegetarian version should I go to Japan!

      1. Hahaha. It sure is good. I'm not sure about a vegetarian version of tsukemen though.

    2. Hahaha. The cheese tsukemen sure was good. I'm not sure about a vegetarian version though.

    3. It sure is delicious! The cheese tsukemen sounded like an odd combination but it's really good.