A friend of mine Jael, have always been telling us for quite sometime now, that during her previous trip to New York in 2008, she visited a place that serves the best ramen.
So when she heard that it came to Singapore, she went to queue just to get in and have a taste of it. After the long wait, she mentioned that the ramen was just not the same as what you got from New York but it was still one of the better ramen that you can get in Singapore.
After tempting us with her pictures, we finally managed to visit Ippudo Singapore last week at around 4.30pm for dinner! Yes, that early because we wanted to beat the crowd in case we would have to queue. Located at the newly renovated Mandarin Gallery, it was the best ramen experience I ever had.
The place was nicely decorated and there were quite alot of staff standing around waiting to take our orders. We liked how we were attended to very quickly and how fast our ramen came!
Both Jael and I ordered the Akamaru Ramen (Char Siew – it was nice and fatty but there were only 2 slices if I am not wrong) that comes in a red bowl and Valerie had the Shiromaru (Char Siew – it was nice and fatty but there were only 2 slices if I am not wrong) that came in a white bowl.
Amongst the two, I preferred the Akamaru as I felt that there was more flavour in the soup. There was this layer of sauce or oil on the top and some paste in the middle of the bowl. It was so good that I finished all the soup in my bowl. The Shiromaru on the other hand was rather plain and did not have as much flavour as the Akamaru.
I loved the noodles, it is really thin something like the egg noodles you get when eating bak chor mee. But this noodles were really springy!
I read about the eggs online saying that its not the kind of runny yolk on the inside and that it was not nice because of that. But I liked the egg that I got in my bowl as it was not runny and yet it was soft. Just the way I like it!
In addition to this, we ordered the Ippudo pork buns which is similar to Kong Bak Bao’s you get in Singapore except there was mayonnaise in it. I did not really enjoy it as I felt it lacked of flavour and its something you can buy in the coffee shop at a cheaper price.
Overall, I really enjoyed Ippudo but I did find it a little pricey. The Akamaru and Shiromaru Ramen costs $19.00 inclusive of an additional egg and the Ippudo pork bun was $3.00 per piece. I will visit them again once in awhile just to give myself a treat!
#04-02/03/04 Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road
Tel: 6235 2797