Iloilo meets Japan in chef Margarita Forés and Ramen Ron collab for batchoy-inspired ramen

The partnership serves only 20 sets a day until June 9.

Ramen Ron, the neighborhood ramen-ya renowned for its authentic flavors and bold offers, is launching two limited-edition dishes crafted by two acclaimed chefs: Margarita Forés and Hiroyuki Tamura.

“This is their first collaboration and we’re very excited to share these two creations with everyone,” shares Amado Forés. “We’re only serving 20 sets per day to ensure the quality of the product since we all know batchoy is a lengthy labor of love.”

The collaboration came about after celebrated chef Margarita “Gaita” Forés, mother of Ramen Ron founder Amado Forés, and executive chef Hiroyuki Tamura shared a meal in a Filipino restaurant where they ate batchoy. They had an epiphany and realized combining the flavors of Ilonggo classic batchoy and the goodness of ramen would be a hit.

Chefs Margarita Forés and Ramen Ron executive chef Hiroyuki Tamura enjoy batchoy and ramen.

“They realized that both dishes had similarities and they worked together to combine my mom’s love for batchoy and talangka crab fat and Tamura-san’s expertise in Japanese cuisine,” explained the younger Forés, who also shared how his family’s Ilonggo roots helped inspire this collaboration

The limited-time set consists of batchoy ramenwithUkokkei batchoy-based broth and thin ramen noodles topped with house-made chashu, torched bone Marrow, pork liver, shio tamago, and crushed chicharon.

The second dish is Ramen Ron soft shell crab bun. It’s crispy fried soft shell crab with talangka fat mayo—one of chef Gaita’s favorite ingredients—and tangy atchara-inspired Japanese pickles made of carrots, papaya, daikon radish, and onions.

Batchoy ramen
Ramen Ron’s soft shell crab bun

Margarita Forés’ illustrious decades-spanning career has made her one of Asia’s most celebrated chefs. She is renowned for her visionary approach to Italian cuisine, and has redefined traditional recipes with her distinctive flair, earning her the title of Asia’s Best Female Chef by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016.

Her dedication to promoting Filipino culinary heritage on the international stage has earned her numerous accolades, including the prestigious title of The Best Chef in Asia awarded by the international gastronomic community. She currently helms dining destinations such as Cibo, Lusso, Grace Park, and soon Margarita at the Ayala Triangle Garden.

Chefs Margarita and Tamura-san with Ramen Ron founder Amado Forés

Chef Tamura, renowned for his work at Manila’s first ramen house, serves authentic ramen and Japanese dishes with modern flair. Drawing from traditional Japanese recipes, he adds contemporary touches catering to loyal Ukokkei Ramen Ron regulars, ramen enthusiasts, travelers, and those craving a taste of Japan.

The set is available for dine-in now until June 9 at both Rockwell and BGC branches of Ramen Ron. With just 20 sets available per day, enthusiasts are encouraged to arrive early, as service will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with no reservations accepted.

Visit Ramen Ron at Rockwell Center, Makati City and Central Square Mall in Bonifacio Global City. Follow Ramen Ron on Instagram ( and Facebook  ( Visit for more information.

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