Ippudo Philippines – Now Open
Our good friends from Yabu have traveled to Japan and brought home with them Japan’s famous Hakata-style ramen restaurant named Ippudo. It will officially launch today (Sept 10, 2014) and I’m honored to have been invited to a pre-opening event to have a sneak peek on what to expect from Ippudo,.
Ippudo is led by their chef Shigemi Kawahara who’s known to be the Ramen King. He started operations way back in 1985 (where I wasn’t even born yet) and has won awards for his Ramen. Their specialty would be Hakata-style Ramen or more familiar known as Tonkotsu.
So want to know more on what’s on their menu? Just read on ahead as I try my best to recreate the feeling I had experienced dining at Ippudo.
Light and crunchy. Although I’m used to eating cucumbers in salad; this would be the first time I ate it solo. The sesame was a big help to add a more distinct flavor. A great way to start your meal.
The egg was nothing special but the secret here would be the dip! It was simply delicious where the egg was just a reason to use the dip.
Similar to eating a menchi curry katsu! I do suggest that eat this while warm because it doesn’t give the same satisfaction once it has cooled down.
For their gyoza; it tasted like the usual gyoza so nothing special.
My first time eating a pork bun because I haven’t tried the raved Tim Ho Wan pork bun. The moment it got served; my tongue started moving on its own in anticipation for my first bite. It was soft and fluffy; and once I reached the pork, I couldn’t stop as I savored the juicy fat; crunchy lettuce and creamy sauce that taste’s like mayo.
Next up would be their Ramen.
Currently, Ippudo offers three kinds of Ramen which would be the Shiromaru Motoaji, Akamaru Shin-Aji, and the Karaka-Men. You can distinguish them through their spiciness level which would be not spicy, a bit spicy and really spicy respectively (PS: please correct me if I’m wrong on the last two based on spiciness).
You can order the original variant or you can opt to add toppings such as tamago (egg), chashu (pork belly) or the special where it has tamago, chashu and seaweeds.
You can also add condiments such as sesame, pepper and crushed garlic (new discovery and it really makes a huge difference!). My manliness was put to the test as I had a hard time using the garlic crusher apparatus.
Out of noodles? Not to worry as you can order extra noodles!
Lastly, you can also customize the hardness of your noodles (soft, medium, hard and very hard). The waitress told me that hard the recommended choice.
See the two variants of their Shiromaru Motoaji Ramen. I had the non special one. The broth was indeed very light and creamy. For those who are used to very flavorful ramen broth might find this a bit bland (like me). But adding the crushed garlic made wonders to the soup! My only mistake was to immediately take a sip once it got served in my table so I suffered a slight burn in my tongue.
I also liked their hard noodles as it was very firm and bouncy! After leaving it for a few minutes in the broth; it didn’t become soggy and it was still fun to chew.
If you look at it; you can really see how it simple it is yet it was very satisfactory for me down to the last slurp!
Burp! So there you go. I hope this post was able to enlighten you on what to expect from Ippudo!
Disclosure: Ippudo paid for our meal
Till next time,
Ippudo Ramen Restaurant
3/F SM Megamall, Mega Fasion Hall, Julia Vargas Ave cor EDSA
Wack Wack, Mandaluyong
Restaurant by Mall: SM Megamall
Restaurant by Location: SM Megamall