Ippudo Mandarin Gallery- 2nd overseas outlet outside of Japan with the first being in NY.
After doing my 'research' online, ie by reading various reviews on blogs as well as food websites... I decided to pay Ippudo a visit on a Thursday late afternoon.
There are a few types of soup base you can choose from . There is the Shiromaru Classic which is tonkotsu soup ( pork ) , the Akamaru Modern which is the same pork broth but enhanced with their special miso paste ( see photo below--the red/orange paste in the middle ). There is also the Shoyu ( soy sauce ) and Ippudo Karakamenwhich is served with a spicy paste. After reading so many reviews
it was Akamaru for me! It was served in a red bowl
You can choose to add on the egg, and pork belly ( two slices ) to your ramen ( $17 before taxes ) . The server will ask how you would prefer your noodles to be done- hard, medium or soft.. I chose medium
I hate noodles that are too hard and soggy.. so medium seems to be the right choice and yes it was
I finished the whole bowl
Black fungus , two slices of pork belly ( yums!) lots and lots of spring onions (If you want to sound abit atas- scallion) special blend of miso (has minced meat), pieces of cabbage.
A closer look at the broth, it is thick and flavorful with garlic oil.
I love the soup.. it has crunchy onions in them too! I had a great time picking them out.. has three of my favourite! Spring onions, onions and garlic
I was disappointed with the egg though, I had better ones
this isn't perfect... some parts were overcooked. I would have preferred that they serve, the egg separately in a dish and also to half the egg for us..
As I was alone, it seemed impossible to be ordering any other side dishes or desserts.
My late lunch/ early dinner consisted of the ramen and a cool glass of ice lemon tea. I was set back by $23 after taxes. Service was prompt and smiles were aplently. Well it may be different if it it during the peak meal time periods.
During meal times :
Prepare to be seated in the communal dining area and prepare to be overheard.
Date of Visit: Jul 14, 2013
Spending per head: Approximately $23(Dinner)Other Ratings: