Ippudo Philippines – Now Open

Ippudo Philippines – Now Open

Ippudo Ramen Chef

Ippudo Ramen Chef

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.

Appetizers

Ippudo Goma Q

Ippudo Goma Q – PHP 140
Fresh Japanese Cucumber with Sesame

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.

Ippudo Dashimaki Tamago with Mentaiko Mayo

Ippudo Dashimaki Tamago with Mentaiko Mayo – PHP 150
Fluffy Japanese omelette roll served with mentaiko (spicy cod roe) mayo dip
(not the actual serving size)

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.

Ippudo Curry Cheese Harumaki

Ippudo Curry Cheese Harumaki – PHP 190
Deep fried spring rolls stuffed with curry; minced pork and cheese
(not the actual serving size)

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.

Ippudo Hakata-style Gyoza

Ippudo Hakata-style Gyoza – PHP 195
Original Pan Fried Dumplings. An Ippudo Classic.

For their gyoza; it tasted like the usual gyoza so nothing special.

Ippudo Pork Bun

Ippudo Pork Bun – PHP 100
An all time favorite! Steamed bun with juicy braised pork belly and Ippudo’s original sauce

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.

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.

Ippudo Ramen Condiments

Choose from freshly ground pepper, sesame or crushed garlic.

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.

Ippudo Kae-Dama

Ippudo Kae-Dama – PHP 70

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.

Ippudo Shiromaru Motoaji Ramen

Ippudo Shiromaru Motoaji Ramen – PHP 375
Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth served with ultra thin noodles, pork loin, bean sprouts, kikurage and spring onions. Classic hakata-style ramen

Ippudo Shiromaru Motoaji Special Ramen

Ippudo Shiromaru Motoaji Special Ramen – PHP 480

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!

Ippudo Akamaru Shinaji Ramen

Ippudo Akamaru Shinaji Ramen – PHP 390
Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. Served with thin noodles, pork belly, kikurage, and spring onions. A refined modern style ramen.

Ippudo Karaka-Men Ramen

Ippudo Karaka-Men Ramen – PHP 390
IPPUDO’s original tonkotsu broth served with thin wavy noodles, pork belly, and spring onions. The special spicy minced meat, miso paste, and fragrant garlic oil add a kick to the senses.

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,

Allen

Location:

Ippudo Ramen Restaurant
SM Megamall
3/F SM Megamall, Mega Fasion Hall, Julia Vargas Ave cor EDSA
Wack Wack, Mandaluyong
(0999) 886-7907

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4 thoughts on “Ippudo Philippines – Now Open

  1. Looks good! We’ll definitely try this sometime when the crowd subsides. Will there be other branches?

  2. Why are your pictures exactly the same with http://www.thepickiesteater.net/2014/09/at-long-last-ippudo-ramen-now-in-manila.html did you share the same table with them? Im not implying anything, just curious.

    • Hi Mark, no, I didn’t share a table with them (because I was late to the event) but we were in the same event so we were served the same dishes (except for the ramen because you can only order 1 out of 3). Hope this clarifies. :)

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