I, along with many Davaoeños, have been eagerly for the ramen fever to arrive in Davao. It took a lot of time but when it did arrive via our homegrown Sunahama Noodle Bar, I was not disappointed at all.
On my first trip to Sunahama Noodle Bar, I tried their Black Garlic Tonkotsu. It is one of Sunahama’s best-selling ramen and it is my favorite item on their menu.
Tonkotsu is pork bone broth which is one of the most common soup bases for ramen. Sunahama’s best-seller, Black Garlic Tonkotsu, infuses Black Garlic (Mayu) to their savory Tonkotsu soup. Mayu is blackened garlic oil which is prepared by cooking garlic with oil over low heat until it caramelizes and turns completely black. This gives the resulting oil an intense flavor, spicy and bitter, with a hint of umami. Black Garlic Oil gives the Tonkotsu depth of flavor which makes it intriguing and complex.
Sunahama’s Black Garlic Tonkotsu is served with a slice of tender braised pork belly, nori (seaweed), bean sprouts, scallions, and a tamago (seasoned soft boiled egg). The tamago gives more umami flavor and adds more layers of interesting textures to the dish.