Ippudo has been around in Singapore since 2009, where its first Singapore branch is located in the 4th level of Mandarin Gallery. With more than 100 stores in Japan alone and more than 40 worldwide, Ippudo serves noodles that are hand-made from its own factory. The founder and chef of Ippudo, Shigemi Kawahara, is an internationally renowned ramen king, winning the championship 3 times in a famous Japan TV show.
At ippudo, you get to choose the hardness of your noodles and they also offer a system called ‘Kaedama’, where customers who have finished their noodles and have leftover soup can request for an extra serving of noodles for $2.00.
Also, there is a special ramen that is unique to every restaurant! At Mandarin Gallery, it is Bonito Tonkotsu Ramen; which is made of fish and pork broth topped with fried garlic bits, bamboo shoots and served with Japanese citrus pepper paste. Signature ramen that are available in all branches include: Shiromaru Motoaji (Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth) and Akamaru Shinaji (Enhanced version).
Vegetarians whom can consume onions and cheese can try their vegetarian version of ramen that is exclusive to Singapore. Called the Milano Consommé Noodles, it contains vegetable Consommé (a type of clear soup) with curry flavoured seasoning as its broth, tomato, rocket leaves, diced onions, yellow bell pepper and a bit of powdered parmesan cheese.
[NEW] A new branch as well as a new take-away ramen bar by Ippudo has opened at Marina Bay Sands Basement 2! Check out our post on Ippudo X Kuro-Obi @ Marina Bay Sands for more information.
The Menu and Pricing:
There are also a number of sides such as gyozas and buns (similar to Chinese steamed baos but with cha siu), salads, appetisers and desserts.
- AKAMARU TAMAGO
This is one of Ippudo’s signature modern style ramen, where the broth is made from original tonkotsu recipe enhanced with a special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. Served with thin noodles, succulent pork belly cha siu, kikurage (Jew’s ear fungus), spring onions and topped with an amazing flavoured egg (always a must!). We liked the milky and rich taste of the broth with a hint of garlic, the blend of flavours is wonderful. We even had an extra serving of noodles to finish up the broth.
- KARAKA TAMAGO
This dish is similar to Ippudo’s signature tonkotsu ramen, except that it also contains a myriad of Japanese spices such as Japanese peppers, some hot chilli oil and sweet spicy miso bean sauce mixed into the broth. It also comes with a dollop of minced meat miso paste, pork belly cha siu and spring onions. Indeed, the broth has quite a spicy kick. Therefore those who have lower tolerance in spicy food, be cautioned!
- TORI SHOYU TAMAGO
Another special ramen exclusive to Singapore is this shoyu based ramen with chicken breast cha siu instead of the normal pork cha siu. This is a great choice for people who enjoy a less thick broth and saltier taste, due to the use of shoyu which is also known as soy sauce. We feel that it can be too salty for some, therefore we recommend you all to drink more water or green tea, or add another serving of noodles so that you will feel less salty.
Mon to Sat: 11.00AM – 11.00PM,
Sun: 11.00AM – 10.00PM
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333A Orchard Road
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Directions: Alight at Somerset MRT Station (Red line NS23) and exit at Exit B to 313@somerset. Turn left and walk through 313@somerset until you see a crossroads in front of H&M outlet. Cross the road and enter Mandarin Gallery. Take the escalator to level 4 and walk pass Royal London Duck, all the way until Ippudo on the left (you will be able to see the words Ippudo at the end of the corridor).