Ippudo: one wind hall
Named during a period when there were dark clouds over the Kyushu Ramen industry, the founder CEO of Ippudo, Kawahara, wanted to “blow wind and revolutionise the era”.
So did they revolutionise the ramen arena in Singapore? In recent years, our local scene has witnessed a sudden surge in Japanese Ramen restaurants. Besides Ippudo, some may have heard of Santouka and Tampopo. Can they really stand the competition in the long run? Guess we will leave the talking to the ramen, after you have queued for at least half an hour first.
As expected, I went for a non-spicy ramen dish. Akamara Shinaji, is Ippudo’s original tonkatsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. And believe me, the garlic oil really provides another dimension to the dish as it instantaneously stimulate your sense of smell upon serving. Do not be apprehended by the red paste sitting atop of your bowl, its just the miso paste. Stir your soup nice and well before you start to devour the dish. The 2 key elements to a ramen dish is the soup base and the noodles. Ippudo has them nailed down on the head. The miso soup is tasty, heavenly and definitely of top-quality. I heard they boiled the bones for more than 20 hours. And of course, the noodles are springy and smooth, going exceptionally well with the soup. The simmered pork belly was tender and soft. However, it is good to take note that since the soup is so thick in flavour, you might start to feel overwhelmed nearer to the end. But I have the solution for this. Make sure your friend orders a spicy ramen dish.
My friend ordered Karaka-Men, Ippudo’s original tonkatsu broth with special spicy miso and ground pork. I was expecting the soup to taste extremely spicy but to my surprise, not only was it bearable but the soup was actually addictive. Carrying a slightly tangy taste, the soup was a contrast to the non-spicy soup base. Instead, it is refreshing and whets the appetite. After I got bored of my own soup base, I started to pair off my noodles with my friend’s spicy soup base. It is that good.
Ippudo @ Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road