Ippudo, Singapore

Ippudo, also known as Hakata Ippūdō (博多一風堂) in Japan, is a Japanese ramen restaurant chain with locations worldwide. Ippudo is well known for its tonkotsu ramen, and are the "work of a craftsman" offering both springy texture and deep flavours. "Ippudo" in direct translation means "one wind hall". This is because at the time, there were dark clouds over the Kyushu ramen industry, and the founder and CEO intended to "blow wind and revolutionise the era". The first restaurant opened in 1985, in the Daimyo District of Chuo Ward, in Fukuoka City.

At Ippudo, consumers can choose their preferred level of hardness of their noodles, ranging from soft to very hard. For me, I selected Medium level of hardness, just like al dente style. 

Shiromaru Motoaji | $21 (above image)
The Shiromaru Motoaji Special serves with umami eggs, simmered pork belly and seaweed. Its original creamy tonkotsu broth served with thin noodles (like Mee Kia), pork belly chashu, black fungus and spring onions, prepared in a classic Hakata-style ramen. 

Tsukemen Special | $26
Tsukemen serves with umami egg, simmered pork belly and seaweed. Made fresh using whole grains, the cold, al dente ramen are a perfect match with the hot, rich pork broth blend which is boiled together with bonito fish flakes. This ramen is not to my liking. The bonito fish flakes were overwhelming and brackish. (Food rating: 1.5/5)

Green Salad | $10
A colourful medley of different kinds of fresh vegetables tossed in Ippudo's tangy and nutty homemade sesame sauce.

Spicy Boiled Gyoza | 5 pcs $9
Spicy Boiled Gyoza features chicken dumplings boiled and serves in a flavourful mix of special sauce and chilli oil. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue#B2-54/55 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Pricing: $
Overall Rating: 3/5