I had my first bowl of Ippudo ramen in Singapore with a friend and later in the same evening, I took my mum down to have another bowl of Ippudo ramen. I returned to Melbourne and praying to ramen Gods that Ippudo will open shop in Australia soon.
Fast track to 2012 and we have moved to Sydney. The ramen Gods must be listening to my prayers and Ippudo opens its first shop in Sydney. CEO, Shigemi Kawahara flew to Sydney for the opening ceremony. We were entertained by a group of drummers and treated to check out different types of ramen. It tasted as good as the ones that I’ve had in Singapore. I was a very happy girl that evening.
I could not say no to an invitation to eat ramen and in exchange write about it. It was a cold evening and perfect for an evening of Ippudo indulgence. Mister and I started the evening with a beer. It’s has notes of chocolate or mocha and is quite a light beer. This is good as the meal itself was going to be rather heavy.
Pork bun is a must order at Ippudo. One pork bun and a bowl of ramen is usually my order during my occasional lunch at Ippudo.
We were a little greedy and ordered the sticky Samurai ribs ($18). It’s pork spare ribs, flavoured with reduction of koikuchi soy sauce served with orange purée and sprinkling of seven-spice chilli pepper. The ribs were so tender and full of sticky, sweet and rich flavour. I cranked the white sesame seeds and dabbed some of the chilli pepper with every mouthful. I needed no orange puree. It was perfect without it. Jeroxie recommends everyone to order this dish if you love pork ribs.
Mister ordered the Akamaru Special ($23). Akamaru Shinaji is Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. It’s served with thin noodles, pork belly, black mushroom and shallots. You are given the choice to pick how soft or hard the noodles are cooked. I always op for hard. It’s al dente and the way I like it.
I went for one of the specials that is currently offered at Ippudo. It’s the Spicy Black Special ($24). It arrived with topped with special miso paste, pork belly chashu, coriander and bean sprouts. It also had added black garlic oil and also comes with a special sesame paste mixed in with the prok broth. It is spicy and sweet. Delicious! Make sure that you check this out before it disappears!
You will have choice of what you want served with the ramen. The special is a plate of simmered pork belly, roasted seaweed, and flavoured bamboo shoots. There are also choices Tamago which is served with flavoured egg and Chashu which is simmered belly pork. Both of us did really indulged and could barely moved after finishing the generous bowl of ramen.
However, there is always room for dessert. Both Mister and I shared a serve of the Blue Mountain. It’s a parfait with green tea ice cream, red beans, sections of mandarin oranges and apricots. We did it. We smashed through all the food because it will be a waste not to. We rolled out of Ippudo happy and satisfied.
After following and eating Ippudo for several years, I am still a fan. I am also happy to announce that the second Ippudo shop will be opened near Central Park (close to Sydney Uni) mid August this year! This means that it is closer to home for me! Hooray!
Jeroxie dined at Ippudo with thanks to Ippudo Sydney & SD Marketing.
Ippudo, Sydney Westfield
Address: Level 5 (Shop 5021), 188 Pitt Street, SYDNEY NSW 2000
Tel: 02 8078 7020