Sunday, March 3, 2019

Ramen, Soba and Udon Noodle Perfection at Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss

It may be a fleeting moment, just mere minutes, but it's that tiny window that lets you savor fresh made noodles with that perfect texture at its flavorful peak. It's all about that state of noodle perfection, called koshi. The Koshi Clock is ticking, so just slurp away...

Ramen. Soba. Udon. Authentic Japanese noodles freshly-made everyday at Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss. It's what you can expect from the Noodle Boss, nothing less. And that's what sets them apart since it opened back in 2011. Freshness, quality and value for money, these are serious noodles without the hefty price tag. And you'll find it all here at Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss...

The bright interiors are given a splash of brilliant colors with numerous murals depicting a Japanese theme with a quirky modern edge reflecting the contemporary and casual vibe of Mosh Koshi Noodle Boss. But beyond the vibrant wall art, Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss stays true to its mission of providing the perfect bowl of noodles perfected since 2011. The uncompromising commitment to both freshness and quality remains at the very core of the brand, yet the pricing structure makes it accessible for everyone to experience koshi perfection. It's probably one of the most underrated ramen specialty shops in a city dominated with Japanese brands flooding the social media landscape that deserves a second look past the noise and the hype.

Inside each Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss outlet are high-end noodle-making machines and automated noodle boilers. That's right, none of the noodles are sent from a central commissary, it's all made in-house for all Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss branches. These are the essential tools of the trade ensuring noodle perfection with every bowl.

High-tech automation blends seamlessly with tradition producing noodles of the highest quality with the consistency necessary to keep pace with its casual dining format. Soft yet firm with that springy texture for that delectable bite, the fresh made noodles alone make Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss a tasty stop. And to best enjoy your bowl of noodles, you'll need to check the Koshi Clock. Once your bowl is served, the clock starts ticking and that window for noodle perfection gets smaller with each passing minute. For thick and chewy wheat Udon noodles, diners have eight minutes before the noodles become too soft simmering too long in the hot broth. Chinese-style wheat Ramen noodles are best enjoyed within seven minutes while the thin buckwheat Soba noodles should be consumed within five minutes. Beyond the recommended time frame, the chewy texture is lost and its clean and delicate flavors become muted by the broth and other ingredients. And that's why you see noodle lovers like the Japanese slurping away to beat the Koshi Clock.  

But before you order your noodles, why not try some of their other tasty offerings like Ebi Tempura (P 280), succulent prawns draped in a crisp batter...

...and the Gyoza (P 140-5 pcs), soft and savory pork dumplings with a lightly seared bottom for textural contrast that also intensifies the flavor with its smoky hints. Masterfully executed, each dish opens up your palate just in time before your bowl of noodles is served.

The signature Ramen (From P 240 to P 340 for the Boss Series Big Bowl) brings all the essential elements together in a bowl, with freshly made noodles draped in a light yet flavorful steaming hot broth topped with tender and savory chasiu pork, aji tamago and fresh vegetables. A sip of the light broth coats your palate with its rich yet delicate notes capped by a fragrant aroma that continues to rise from the bowl.

Your sensory experience continues with a bite of the firm, chewy al dente ramen noodles delivering its own subtle nutty sweetness. It's that bite that makes these noodles special, coming together with all the other components in that elusive state of koshi noodle perfection. The flavors are clean, delicately balanced and uncluttered without any excessive fatty hints. Priced well below other Japanese ramen specialty shops, this bowl lets you experience everything you love about ramen without the high price tag for excellent value. And that works for me. Seriously good.

Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss also offers other Japanese noodles, like the signature Udon (from P 180), thick and chewy noodles in a dark yet lightly flavored broth topped with fork tender slabs of beef...

...and the Soba (from P 180) with thin buckwheat noodles topped with ebi tempura. The thick udon noodles pair well with the savory beef with its deep and robust flavors, while the thinner soba noodles complement the light crispness of the succulent prawns coated in batter for contrasting textures and flavors. But you have to enjoy it using the Koshi Clock to experience the noodles at its peak of both texture and flavor with eight minutes for the udon, seven minutes for the ramen and five minutes for soba which means eat first and shoot later. That was new to me, but experiencing koshi noodle perfection was the goal that day. And it just made all the difference in rediscovering what a proper bowl of ramen should be, without the hype and social media clutter.  

If you want some soothing heat with your noodles, try the Spice Series (from P 295) variants like the Tantanmen or the Curry Ramen. Ramen, soba and udon, each bowl served at its flavorful and textural peak. That's the Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss difference.

But Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss also offers a wide variety of Japanese dishes including rice bowls or Donburi (from P 195) like Tendon, Gyudon Classic, Oyakodon, and Katsudon. Then, there's savory Noodles from the Pan (from P 180) like Yakiudon and Yakisoba with its distinctive sweet and sour plum notes. Or you can opt for the Teishoku Set Meals (from P 265) like the Ebi Tempura and Tonkatsu served with rice and miso soup for a complete meal. Go traditional with a Bento Meal (from 260) with Chicken Teriyaki, Beef Teriyaki, Kara-age, and Shogayaki served with four special sidings. A sudden craving for curry? No worries, the Curry Meals (from 305) should do the trick with tasty variants like the Katsu Curry, Beef, Chicken, Torikatsu and Ebi Fry. Pair your dish with an equally wide selection of sides like Kani Salad, Potato Salad, Agedashi Tofu and Chahan

Cap your Japanese feast with Coffee or Green Tea Ice Cream (P 95) to end your dining experience at Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss on a high note (insider tip, go for the Coffee Ice Cream).

Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss is one of those tasty surprises in the metro that's often overlooked, and that's probably the way the Noodle Boss wants it to be with no fanfare or gimmicks. Low-key and straightforward, just like the way they make their noodles, Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss just does its thing with no frills. Everyday.

Maybe we've all become too spoiled by the wide variety of choices and options for authentic Japanese noodles, recalling only brands that always seem to pop-up in our daily social media feeds. Well, here's one brand that should be included in your top-of-mind list for ramen, soba and udon noodles. And you don't have to bust your wallet to experience noodle perfection.

For our group, FourScene (more on our FB Page here at, it was more than just another ramen experience. It was all about rediscovering koshi noodle perfection. You can too, at Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss...and just eat first, shoot later. 

Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss is located at the Ground Floor, Connecticut Building, Greenhills Mall, San Juan City. You can also check out their FB Page at for more information and updates.

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