Moshi Koshi: The Noodle Boss of The Metro

Like a puzzle piece, a hot bowl of noodle soup fits perfectly during rainy days. But whether it's raining cats and dogs or extremely sunny, no one can take away the noodle boss title from a happy urban diner along Shaw Boulevard -- Moshi Koshi.
Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss

You all know my love for Japanese food. And as much as I love my fresh pieces of sashimi, Japanese noodles can happily warm not just my tummy but also my soul. At Moshi Koshi, they give utmost importance not just on the flavors of their noodle dishes, but also in giving diners a koshi experience -- a distinctly sweet state of the noodle where it's tender, chewy and firm but not hard, quite similar to the Italians' al dente pasta state.

Moshi Koshi Interior

The noodle boss's space is well-lit and drenched with clean whites and warm wooden fixtures that give off a Japanese ramen house feel. At the right most portion of the room is a wall-posted copy of Moshi Koshi's menu, along with the counter, kitchen and a special area where they make the noodles fresh, in-store, every single day.

The Food

Moshi Koshi may be a noodle boss, but it also houses a few side dishes perfect both as a hot noodle accompaniment or a meal starter.

Gyoza P80

Among the sidings, we got to try the Gyoza (P80) -- 4 pieces of beautifully pan-fried Japanese dumplings generously filled with a ground pork and vegetable mixture. And although I'm not a big gyoza fan, I enjoyed munching on these delightful treats which were quite crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

Shoyu Ramen P185

For main course, we sampled the Shoyu Ramen (P185) -- yellow-tinted thin wheat noodles in a hot soy sauce-based broth also filled with pork slices, vegetables, nori (dried seaweed) and narutomaki (Japanese fish cake). Although I have a bias on miso ramen, I love how flavorful, quite salty yet clean-tasting the shoyu broth is as it provided a tasty base for the noodle toppings. And as promised by the noodle boss, the ramen noodle strands were firm and chewy when eaten within 6 minutes.

Tempura Soba P160

Next we had was the Tempura Soba (P160), a bowl of really thin gray-tinted healthy buckwheat noodles, shironegi (leeks) and carrots in a soy sauce-based broth with a separate serving of 2 large pieces of chunky ebi tempura.

Tempura Soba

Although I usually enjoy my soba cold, this warm hearty bowl is a delight to eat. The soba noodles are firmer with a nice hint of an earthy and nutty flavor that goes perfectly with the tasty shoyu broth. As suggested at Moshi Koshi, eat the noodles within 5 minutes and I'm sure you'll enjoy its koshi state as much as I did.

Niku Udon P160

We also tried the Niku Udon (P160) -- thick wheat noodles and beef slices in a flavorful shoyu broth topped with negi (onion) whites. As a big fan of udon, this bowl brought me to noodle heaven. Albeit simpler in taste than ramen and soba, the udon strands were so chewy and firm, perfectly koshi when eaten within 8 minutes. The marinated beef slices also made the broth sweeter like sukiyaki's, making this bowl so delectable.

Katsudon P170

Moshi Koshi specializes in noodles, but it also has a selection of rice meals such as donburi (rice bowl). For the trip, we got to try the Katsudon (P170) -- chunky pieces of pork cutlets coated with egg and sweet onion slices atop a hot serving of sticky rice drenched with some tonkatsu sauce. Although I'm not a big fan of this Japanese-western classic, I was quite impressed at how tasty and generous the portion was.

Kara-age Bento P220

We also got to sample the Kara-age Bento (P220), a boxed set of Japanese fried chicken and 4 kinds of side dishes -- steamed vegetables, chicken salad, kinpira and spinach gomae (if I'm not mistaken), that comes with a bowl of steamed rice and hot miso soup. Being a kara-age lover, this set meal definitely satisfied my craving. Each chicken piece was tender, succulent and oozing with garlicky flavors. The side dishes were quite good, but only the spinach gomae left a lasting impression.

Coffee and Green Tea Ice Cream P55

We had the Coffee Ice Cream (P55) and Green Tea Ice Cream (P55) to end our late lunch on a sweet note. While I don't go gaga for coffee-flavored ice creams, I love how smooth and creamy Moshi Koshi's was. It also had a hint of caramel without being overly sweet. The green tea-flavored one on the other hand, was another winner with its blend of rich green tea bitterness and silky creamy goodness.

The Takeaways

After a filling and palate-satisfying meal, I decided to bring home some noodle items -- Shoyu Ramen for my mom, Kara-age Soba (P150) for the little sis and a serving-for-later of Kaki-age Udon (P140) for myself.

Kara-age Soba P150

I live way up north and I was quite worried that the noodles might get mushy and inedible. However, Moshi Koshi doesn't only serve the noodles, dry toppings and the broth separately, but also places the takeaways in a neat plastic and paper layered container.

Kaki-age Udon P140

Even after an hour of traveling, my mom, sis and I all got to enjoy a koshi noodle experience even at the comforts of our home. Oh, and I can't wait to grab a free Yakisoba (P140) on my next visit -- a promo for every P500 single-receipt purchase.

THE VERDICT

After this trip to Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss, I now have a fave noodle place. And with varieties of ramen, soba and udon, as well as a selection of rice dishes, sidings and even desserts all at reasonable prices, I can't help but plan my next visit to the area to try their other offerings. True to their words, Moshi Koshi is indeed a noodle boss worthy of a visit not only during the rainy days, but also when a noodle craving kicks in.

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss, Shaw
431 Shaw Blvd. cor. Ideal St.,
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 726-0575
Official Website
Facebook Page

50 comments:

  1. Title palan... so Japanese na... Hihi.... And this is in Manadaluyong.. At last may malapit na rin... Thanks sa review sumi...

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  2. I am so in love with Asian Foods!!! thanks for sharing this!

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  3. When it comes to food taste and food review.,I always rely on Sumi's verdict. The gyozo looks intriguing, i want to taste it.

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  4. It's early in the morning and visiting your site and staring at the pictures makes me hungry, hehe! Looks so appetizing. I want to visit the place! Great review!!

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  5. Eveything looks good and reasonablt priced. Great review!

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  6. good thing your takeout noodles still remained koshi when you got home :) super enjoyed Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss! :)

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  7. Hmmmm.. No Moshi Koshi near us T_T

    I hope of visiting in the future though. :D

    The food is mouth watering!~

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  8. Cool! I hope to bring my family at Moshi Koshi when we have time too. It's a bit far from our place too. BTW, next time picture from the side of berylle haha.

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  9. Wow. The next time it's raining and it's cold, I'm gonna remember this post of yours as I'll probably will be craving for the Moshi Koshi Noodles.

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  10. Turly, the weather can't beat a hungry tummy, lol hehe.. sana may mga ganito rin sa amin :)

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  11. i must try it, i LOVE noodles! :D

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  12. Good heavens! ...This is gorgeous!

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  13. Me too. love Japanese food.. And now am thinking of cooking what i learned in Japan..lol... :D

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  14. Ok fine, I'll be dropping by tom to try their bestseller . Malapit lang to sa min eh.

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  15. Now this is some place to check out. I love Japanese food, too!

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  16. Ui parang ansarap! Mai-broadcast sa friends ko.

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  17. now I'm hungry! Jumping from one food blog to another! haha. I wanna try the coffee ice cream. Looks delicious! :)

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  18. The food looks yummy especially the Tempura Soba and Kara-age Bento. Nakakagutom naman ng post mo sis. Hihi. :)

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  19. As usual, your post is making me hungry. Haha!
    And based on this, I see that Moshi Koshi truly deserves to be called boss. :)

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  20. It's a usual feeling for me that everytime I read a new entry here I always feel hungry even when I'm like full yet. How you capture them makes me even hungrier..LoLs...as always it's awesome Sumi.

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  21. Had eaten my dinner, pero I still want to eat because of the foods featured here. :)

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  22. aww looks delish and reasonably priced, makes me want to check this place asap, is it near Liberty Center in Shaw?

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  23. I like Japanese food but there are not much choices in my part of the country. Reading your post and looking at the pictures is making me green with envy.

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  24. You gave it all 4s. Al dente ramen is definitely worth a try. The resto is just so out of the way though.

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  25. I should try this soon! I'm a fan of Japanese foods! :D

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  26. Fave namin lahat yan ni hubby! We esp. love gyoza, katsudon, and tempura.

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  27. I do not really like Japanese food. The last time I ate in a Japanese restaurant here in Singapore, I ordered pork and shrimps. I do not eat sushi either. I DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHY I'M LIKE THIS. HAHA. All their food look lovely but I just do not like the taste. :(

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  28. Guess I am lucky to have mustered on those lovely soba, tempura, udon, ramen and everything Japanese back in the days, in the land of the rising sun. They are even more precious to eat during winter. They got Gyoza too but mostly, coming from China or Korea.

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  29. i always see this when im at work, i dont get to visit.since i saw this in your blog, ill definitely try them! :)

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  30. Every thing looks wonderful. Now I'm hungry! :)

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  31. Ambiance is one of the good factor for a food place. That of course be complemented with a good food. Thanks Sumi of this wonderful review...:-).

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  32. I've been here once and I love their Niku Udon!

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  33. nyummy! i love this for breakfast especially now that we already have rainy days!

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  34. I love Japanese foods too, the sushi, the japanese noodles etc...

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  35. I love Japannese food. And it look more tasty here. It really make my mouth water. I can't help it. :)

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  36. I'm a big fan of Japanese food too! But I haven't tried ordering ramen. Maki and sushi always get my attention :3

    Is the location accessible?

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  37. In time for lunch, gusto ko na kumain... ha ha

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  38. indeed very affordable and looks really yummy. i would really want to try that, thanks for the info.

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  39. Thanks for sharing. This is just near our place so we will definitely check this out when I'm on leave next week! :)

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  40. i like that even when you takeout, they still put into consideration the packaging! that's nice of them :)

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  41. Wow, I love noodles myself! My dad loves noodles too, and my mom loves anyhting japanese. I think we'll love this place :D
    Your photographs are mouth-watering!

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  42. I'm not really sure how many Japanese Restos (fast food type) serves ramen? But I think I would definitely want to try their ramen and udon. thanks for this info.

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  43. This might be a good way to develop other taste for food particularly in my children.

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  44. I just want the ebi tempura. Dun lang buhay na ko! I want to try this one!

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  45. i wish to try these dishes.
    I used to dislike Japanese foods
    but when I come to taste them...
    SARAP pala !!!

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  46. WOW! the food looks so delish.. i want to drop by here, my office is along shaw too.. and I love Japanese food too! This will be perfect! :)

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  47. So inviting! Git cravings now :c waaah!


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  48. Thanks for the blog, Ms. Sumi. See you in MK Market Market soon! :)

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  49. i love japanese food too!!! i wanna try the Moshi Koshi's donburi bowl! yum yum!

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