5.060 TERRP 27(1.24) Robinsons Supermarket - Asian Bites: Miso Ramen

-Cycle 5, Item 60-
6 (Thu) March 2014

Miso Ramen


at Robinsons Supermarket - Asian Bites (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-


Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP). In Manila through mid-April, living above Robinsons Place, I'm going to attempt eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, so this could be my unique contribution to the food/blog scene of Manila. Given time constraints, I'll aim for the 39 establishments (currently) on the first floor, working my way up.  

This is the 27th restaurant in the series, the 24th from the 1st floor.  Adriatico Wing.

Previously covered restaurants (for installments 01-10, see post 11(1.11) below; for installments 11-20, see post 21(1.18) below):

- 11(1.11) Feb 5 / Wendy's (American) (see 5.031 Baconator Mushroom Melt) / 1.0 / $

- 21(1.18) Feb 24 / Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Singaporean) (see 5.050 Chicken Sa Po Fan...) / 2.0 / $
- 22(1.19) Feb 25 / Mangan (Filipino) (see 5.051 Inihaw na Bangus) / 1.0 / $$
- 23(1.20) Feb 26 / Pepper Lunch (Japanese) (see 5.052 Chicken Pepper Rice) / 2.5 / $$
- 24(1.21) Mar 1 / Burger King (American) (see 5.055 3-Meat Whopper) / 1.5 / $
- 25(1.22) Mar 3 / CafeFrance (Western) (see 5.057 Hefty Fish & Potato Wedges) (English) / 0.5 / $$
- 26(1.23) Mar 4 / Goldilocks (Filipino) (see 5.058 Bopis) / 1.0 / $

Asian Bites is a Japanese snack shop.  Located in Robinsons Supermarket.  Despite appearances, not fast food but made-to-order.  Variations on ramen, donburi, and sashimi/sushi, as well as a few appetizers. 

Like Shawarma Snack Corner (see 5.029 Chicken + Beef Shawarma Sandwiches), it has a kitchen and tables and fixed walls, so I'm including it in TERRP.

The most expensive item is the Mix Tempura Bento at 199 pesos.

The Miso Ramen was quite nice.  Didn't really taste at all like miso, more like tonkotsu.  Not much depth, but reasonably rich in flavor.  With a touch of spice for added dimension.  The noodles were okay, just a step up from instant, but good enough.  Improperly cooked, resulting in a few clumped noodles, no biggie.  Biggest surprise in TERRP thus far.  Totally worth going back to try other items.

And at 105 pesos, the cheapest meal and best value in TERRP thus far.  In fact, eating a quick bite here before shopping for groceries should save me even more money by preventing needless purchases based on hunger.

To illustrate my response to Gustaf's question in a prior post about whether people look at me "funilly" because I eat alone (see comments under 5.013 Tinapa Roll...), no, they look at me because I sometimes take photos at odd angles.


  1. I would look at you funilly if I saw you crouching to take a close-up photo of a bowl of japanese noodles ;)

    Btw your swedish cookbook arrived yesterday! I will send you an e-mail tomorrow so we can exchange postal adresses... anything else from the kingdom of Sweden that you want except the whisky and the book?

  2. If there are any key ingredients that come up in the book a lot, ones that i may not be able to get here, that would be helpful. Maybe another jar of lingonberry jam? i don't think they have it here in MNL either.

    My neighbor who lives right across the hall, also from WHO, is Italian-Swedish from Australia, though I think she's more culturally Italian than Swedish.

  3. I just sent you an email with my adress, asking for yours etc. I will look up what other stuff I should send you...

    By Italian-Swedish, do you mean "one parent Swedish, one part Italian" or "mixed ancestry, far far back, Swedish and Italian"? And by culturally Italian, do you mean talkative (compared to quite Swedes), outgoing (compared to introverted Swedes) etc or strictly in a culinary sense?

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