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September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

When Ippudo just opened in Singapore, the queue would snake all the way to Lawry’s, and the wait came to an average of 40 minutes? So after less than 2 years of its opening at Mandarin Gallery, you would expect the hype to have died down. Well it did; by just a wee bit. Think the wait is now an average of 30 minutes? Hah, it’s still darn popular, and even expanded to UE Square. That probably explains the shorter waiting time… because there is another branch to share the demand. Being a fervent fan of ramen, Ippudo was a must-try for me. I still prefer Santouka over Ippudo, but Ippudo has its strengths in its noodles and broth; springy noodles and the broth is just right, not too salty nor too bland. Of course, you can choose the level of “springy-ness“, but I prefer them noodles springy.

The Ippudo ramen traces its roots to Fukuoka, Kyushu, where it distinguishes itself with a rich, milky tonkotsu broth. And if you think that Ippudo is big here in Singapore, think again! Last winter, when I was in NYC, T and I realised that Ippudo is massive there. We stayed in an apartment at East Village, and Ippudo was just round the block from where we lived. But never once did we succeed in eating there, because the queue was crazy long, and the wait, as advised by the Ippudo staff, could take up to 2 hours! Given the fact that there was a whole load of other restaurants to try in NYC, and the possibility of trying it in Singapore, we naturally opted out each time we tried our luck (or lack of) at Ippudo NYC.

Ippudo SG

Shiromaru Kakuni – simmered tender pork cubes

Ippudo SG

Kyushu Miso Tonkotsu

Ippudo SG

Dashimaki Tamago

My palate is highly sodium-biased (read: love salty stuff!), so I always order the miso variation of the broth whenever I have ramen. But some ramen, like those served at Miharu @ Gallery Hotel, pack so much salt in the broth that a pint of beer doesn’t do much in washing the “jialat-ness” down. So I thought Ippudo’s one was just right, as mentioned earlier. And the tamago was perfect too! We both love tamago, and the tamago at Ippudo was really good.. fluffy and light. Ippudo apparently means “one wind hall” in Japanese. Not sure about how that name came about (sketchy details can be found if you wiki it), but it sure blows some of the competitors away yo.

Ippudo
Ippudo @ Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road, #04-02/03/04, Singapore 238867
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm (Last order at 10pm)
Sun 11am – 10pm (Last order at 9pm)
Tel: +65 6235 2797

Ippudo Tao @ UE Square
207 River Valley Road, #01-55/56, UE Square, Singapore 238275
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu 11.30am – 3pm (Last order at 2.30pm), 5.30pm – midnight (Last order at 11pm)
Fri – Sat 11.30am – 3pm (Last order at 2.30pm), 5.30pm – 2am (Last order at 1am)
Sun 11.30am – 11pm (Last order 10pm)
Tel: +65 6887 5315

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