Japanese ambassador enjoys ramen in Manila

Published March 1, 2021, 10:53 AM

by Raymund Antonio

Though far from home, Japanese Ambassador to Manila Koshikawa Kazuhiko finds comfort in enjoying a bowl of ramen, which he believed to be the king of B-class gourmet cuisine in his country.

“I love “B kyu gurume”! In English, “B class gourmet cuisine”, which are hearty, reasonably priced and down-to-earth dishes in Japan. For me, #Ramen is the King of B kyu gurume,” he tweeted on Feb. 27.

“How wonderful we can enjoy an authentic ramen bowl in PH! Btw, this is #Tsukemen – dipping ramen,” he added, referring to the photo he posted.

Tsukemen is a ramen dish in Japanese cuisine that consists of noodles being eaten after being dipped in a separate bowl of soup or broth. Typically, the noodles are served cold while the broth or soup is hot.

The Japanese ambassador did not mention the place where he ate, but ramen houses have been popping all over the metro in the past couple of years.

Kazuhiko arrived in the country last November. He previously served as the executive senior vice president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the ambassador to Spain from 2014 to 2016 and to Angola from 2008 to 2011.