IPPUDO was founded in 1985 in Japan’s ramen capital of Hakata by Shigemi Kawahara, the internationally renowned Ramen King. IPPUDO has become the most popular ramen restaurant over the years with over 80 stores in Japan, and over 40 stores worldwide.
IPPUDO noodles are the “work of a craftsman” offering both a springy texture and deep flavours. These noodles are quintessential IPPUDO, boiled to al dente, exuding the vibrant natural aroma and taste of wheat with each bite.
The Spicy Boiled Gyoza ($8) features dumplings boiled and serves in a flavourful mix of special sauce and chilli oil. The gyoza skins were chewy in texture and the fillings were delicious. The spicy sauce were normal and tasted great with the dumplings. (Food rating: 4/5)
The egg rolls was moist and firm in texture. The taste was flavoursome. Because they were also sweet, I suggest to share with a larger group so that you will not need to eat to much. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
Spicy Chicken Bun ($3.50) is an all-time favourite at Ippudo. The steamed buns with lean chicken topped with Ippudo's original sauce tasted great. However, compared with Santouka's steamed buns, the buns were my second choice. (Food rating: 3/5)
The Grilled Mentai and Potato ($9) serves oven-baked potatoes covered with cod-roe, mayonnaise and cheese. This gratin was interesting as I have yet to try something like this besides baked rice. It was refreshing. Using real potatoes, the baked dish had that nice aroma and the lightly brown crust was fantastic! (Food rating: 3/5)
The Stuffed Chicken Wings are one of my favourites. The beautiful crispy golden brown chicken skin was flavoursome. The fillings was chicken meat minced and marinated, giving this dish a nice touch. (Food rating: 3/5)
Address: 333A Orchard Road, #04-02 /03 /04 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Ambience: Too noisy to have a good conversation with friends.
Recommendation: Karaka Men, Miso Tonkotsu, Stuffed Chicken Wings, Spicy Boiled Gyoza