Japan is known for their authentic ramen created using pork bones, giving a generous rich and creamy flavour. So when Ippudo decided to expand to Australia and found its place inside Westfield Sydney, ramen became talk of the town which attracted a large crowd following with its trademark ramen and pork buns. We were offered to sit outside of the restaurant which was the food court and unfortunately we weren’t able to truly enjoy the Ippudo experience.
I couldn’t resist ordering the Chicken Karaage ($4) – a lightly deep fried coated layer immediately stole my attention as well as the pieces of marinated chicken piece was cooked well while maintaining some juiciness inside.
A hand sized Ippudo Pork Bun ($4 each) is worth ordering due to the fact every single bite captivates the tasty thick slice of braised pork, drizzled in their secret Ippudo teriyaki sauce and creamy filling of Japanese mayo wrapped in a super soft steamed bun. In between the fatty juicy tender pork and white bun a layer of freshly crisp lettuce leaves to create a balanced texture. This pork bun affair forms a sweet tantalizingly flavour. The Ippudo’s Akamaru Shinaji ($16) 25 year old recipe which exemplifies a powerful Tonkotsu broth, garlic oil, miso, topped with black spaghetti fungus, bean sprouts, scallions served with chunky slices of pork belly and ramen. The broth is rich in flavour and creates a porky fragrance around the bowl. The ramen turned out to be in between soft and hard, not your usual ramen and it was magnificent. As for the two pieces of pork, lip smacking delicious. For additional flavoured egg ($2 each) – firm shell and the yolk slowly oozes out adding an extra flavour to the soup. Pity, I forgot to take a photo of the egg yolk leak its way out to a pool of pork broth soup. Instantly enjoyed their snack sized Hot Stone Unagi Rice ($10) – a combination of hot steamy Japanese white rice, topped with tamagoyaki strands with a kabayaki style grilled teriyaki eel fillet. The eel fillet was glazed with a sweet tasty soy based teriyaki sauce- very appetizing dish and to garnish, dried seaweed for extra flavour. If you enjoy noodles than you’d certainly enjoy Ippudo’s ramen though there ramen is a bit more dear in price compared to other ramen places around town but there is a difference. Although we sat outside the restaurant we weren’t neglected by the friendly kawaii staff. Overall I enjoyed my ramen and the pork buns which certainly left a satisfying impression. I still have a lot of other ramens to try so I’ll be here again. *Fingers crossed* Next time I go back I can sit inside the restaurant.
Photos by Vanny Tang