A wave of Ramen Stores have been mushrooming all around the metro for the past year or so and I guess IPPUDO coming was just a matter of time. The YABU group saw it fit to enter a partnership with IPPUDO to bring them here. I for one definitely love the RAMEN scene in the metro as more and more choices are being available for anyone in love with a good bowl of Ramen.
Remember my RAMEN NAGI aka BUTAO RAMEN experience? (CLICK HERE)
Recently opened, IPPUDO has been making waves in the social media for its awesome flavors and also because of its long lines.
The noodles are made from scratch with imported flour from overseas so you could be sure that they serve it fresh and steamy.
Before going to the main event, they have some appetizers to start things off.
DASHIMAKI TAMAGO with MENTAIKO MAYO (150Php) - These egg munchies are on the sweet side. Althought the Mayo dip is welcomed, I couldn't taste the cod roe.
Fluffy Japanese Omelette roll served with mentaiko (spicy cod roe) mayonnaise dip.
GOMA Q (140Php) - Incredible. Crunchy cucumber with spices. This is for the veggie and non-veggie lover. It's like pop-tarts. You can't stop putting it in your mouth.
Sliced Japanese cucumber with sesame dressing.
IPPUDO HAKATA-SYLE GYOZA (195Php). This has got to be my favorite with the side dishes. Flavorful and properly done. It has a bit of a crunch because of the fried wrapper. Perfect combination with your ramen of choice. GET THIS!
Original pan-fried Dumplings
CURRY CHEESE HARUMAKI (190Php) Not really for me. The name says it all, its cheese with curry flavor.
Deep Fried sping roll stuffed with curry, minced pork and cheese.
IPPUDO TEPPAN TONKOTSU SPICY RICE with NIKUMISO (290Php) - incredible. It wasn't too spicy but its basically your mixed rice on a sizzling plate. As SO would say, this could stand on its own "rice palang ulam na!!"
Now its time for the BIG SHOW.
When ordering these babies, go for the SPECIAL!!! They have everything. The Chashu and the soft boiled egg! You are eating here for the experience so get the whole she-bang!
Let's start from the mild going to the awesome!! But let me just say, the eggs were properly cooked! and the freaking pork belly were soft, tender, and melts in your mouth. and just like that I am sooo craving some ramen.
SHIROMARU MOTOAJI (375/405/470/480Php)
This is the calm before the storm. Light, garlicky and everyone would accept this. This is a safe choice for a not so spicy ramen eater.
Original tonkotsu broth served with ultra-thin noodles, pork loin, bean sprouts, kikurage, and spring onions. Classic Hakata-style ramen.
AKAMARU SHINAJI (390/420/460/490 Php) - This is for the weekend warrior. Not too spicy but it has a slow kick creeping in. Flavorful and incredible.
Tonkotsu broth with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. Thin noodles, pork belly, kikurage and spring onions.
KARAKA-MEN (390/420/460/490 Php) This is the favorite! Awesome. The Spices integrated with the broth perfectly. For the pleasure seeker and not so afraid eater, this would give you a jolt of shock and would delight your senses. If you must order just one, go for this! Be warned though its a little spicy but your tummy would get their just reward! OISHI!
Served with thin wavy noodles, pork belly, spring onions. Special spicy minced meat, miso paste and garlic oil would add a kick to the senses!!
Don't worry! If you ran out of noodles, you could order some more as long as you have broth left!
Even if they have these condiments of pepper, sesame seeds and garlic , believe me when I say, you won't be needing them.
Another lovely touch of IPPUDO is that they have utensils and table wares for the kids and kids at heart.
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IPPUDO definitely caters to the Ramen lover. Although you might say that 3 types of ramen is limiting, you have to give them props for having a bunch of side dishes and rice meals to compliment the experience. I would have to say 600-700 Php per person would do the trick. Please be reminded that since there are long lines, be there on off-peak hours. Either really early like 10:30am or somewhere around 4:30pm. SLURP it out!!! ZUZUTTO!
3rd Level SM MEGAMALL
MANDALUYONG CITY, METRO MANILA
DISCLAIMER: was invited to this tasting event. Wrote this based on my experience and opinions.