Iced Green Tea IDR 15K
We always opt for green tea (hot or cold depends on mood) to accompany our Japanese meal.
Pork Buns IDR 28K
Ippudo’s Buns are acclaimed to be one of all-time favorite hot appetizers and come in three filling options: pork, shrimp, and chicken. These buns are special because they are served with Ippudo’s original sauce that is perfectly suitable to enhance the meat taste and goes really well with the buns. I chose pork one because I simply love pork, and heard so many good reviews about it for years. It was indeed very delicious, with a super soft and smooth pork meat, perfectly seasoned, and the buns were the softest, smoothest buns I have ever had. Usually buns like this give me unpleasant sticky feeling afterwards, but this one wasn’t sticky at all. I can probably finish 20 of this by myself! *gasp*
Spicy Mayo Shrimp IDR 42K
This menu comes in a very beautiful presentation, complete with tapas spoon and shrimp heads. This is probably not a new thing but the presentation made it worth ordering in my opinion. The shrimps were fresh and crunchy, the spicy mayo was put on the bottom of each shrimp. I chose to use chopstick to take the shrimp and dip it into the sauce, but you might as well eat everything altogether using the spoon.
Oroshi Ponzu Gyoza IDR 39K
As for the gyoza, there are also many options and I chose this one because it uses ponzu sauce. This Ippudo’s original homemade pan-fried dumplings are topped with grated radish and spring onions, then served with ponzu (citrus-based) sauce. From the appearance, it looked very appetizing already with the toppings including the beautiful, green spring onions. As expected, the gyoza was a bit crispy on the outside and soft inside, and there was a colorful flavors when I put one piece immediately into the mouth. The juiciness and the burst of flavors gave a different sensation compared to regular gyoza and I loved it.
Now let’s move on to their specialty: RAMEN!
Basically what makes Ippudo very popular is because their noodles are considered the “work of a craftsman”, offering both springy texture and deep flavors. There noodles are very essential, boiled to al dente, exuding the vibrant natural aroma and taste of wheat with each bite. Together with it, the soup is made following Ippudo’s secret recipe, using only rigorously selected ingredients which go through innovative processes of creating the Tonkotsu broth.
There are 3 main categories of Ippudo Ramen which you can choose:
- Shiromaru Motoaji a.k.a. Classic Ippudo Ramen is Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth served with thin noodles, bara chashu (pork belly), cabbage, kikurage (black fungus) and spring onions.
- Akamaru Shin-aji a.k.a. Modern Ramen is Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth enhanced with umami-dama (special-blended miso paste) and fragrant garlic oil. Served with thin and straight noodles, pork belly, black fungus and spring onions.
- Karaka-Men a.k.a. Spicy Tonkotsu is Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth with curly noodles, special spicy miso, ground pork, cabbage, garlic oil, cashew nuts and spring onions.
Besides those selections, we can also select the hardness of our noodles based on what we like:
Soft / Medium / Hard / Very Hard
Shiromaru Special IDR 90K
Shiromaru with flavoured egg, tender pork cube and bamboo shoots. After choosing Classic, Modern or Spicy ramen, we can also choose the toppings we want, and this time, we selected all Special ones which are the most complete. I had high expectation and I was a little disappointed when I looked at the soup. Rather than looking like a regular authentic Japanese ramen with thick broth, this was definitely runny and much thinner than I expected from an Ippudo ramen soup. It was indeed runny and light, although the taste was delicious. The noodle was normal hardness and it was good. The pork chashu was nice although I prefer ones with more meat than fat! XD
Akamaru Special IDR 95K
Akamaru with flavoured egg, tender pork cube and bamboo shoots. This one was mine and I was glad I didn’t order the classic one. Again, the soup was too thin for my liking but it was much tastier than Shiromaru, as it uses miso paste and garlic oil.
Karaka Special IDR 99K
Karaka-men with flavoured egg, tender pork cube and bamboo shoots. This spicy ramen uses curly noodles with bigger diameter, so I think it was the most enjoyable amongst the three. The extra spiciness also gave stronger taste and it could compensate the thin soup somehow. If I go to Ippudo Indonesia again, this is definitely my order next time!
Panna Cotta IDR 22K
Despite of the long queue outside, we managed to order some desserts to complete our lunch that day. This panna cotta stole my attention just as immediately as I saw that on the menu. It was actually Japanese version of panna cotta, with tofu’s soft and easily broken textures that tasted like.. tofu. It was refreshing and somehow very Japanese, but not exactly something that I will reorder. But I guess it comes back to self preference for something like this.
Black Sesame Ice Cream IDR 25K
For the ice cream bowl, they serve Red Bean, Green Tea and this Black Sesame. I love three of them but because the later one is the most rare to find in restaurants, I chose it. Served with sweetened red beans and crispy wafers, this dessert bowl was satisfying and brought my smile back! At least I wasn’t totally disappointed with my overly-high expectations about their ramen!