I’m not particularly fond of queuing for my food.
But I do make exceptions if the situation warrants it. Such situations includes uniquely fabulous food, revered chefs dinners and money-can’t-buy once in a lifetime opportunity meals. Ippudo Ramen falls into the obvious category of fabulous food.
Though the Orchard area is choked with a food joint at every corner and turn, I tenaciously ignored all distractions as I walked from the MRT in search for Mandarin Gallery. Once found, it was another maze to navigate through within the building before I finally stood in front of the outlet.
I was forewarned about the queue, but I was still dismayed when I saw it.
Ah well, Ippudo was highly recommended by my Singaporean friends as well as a particularly knowledgeable food blogger friend Fui so it should be worth it.
Fine, I thought resolutely. I will join the queue.
Sometimes its good to travel alone. Sometimes it sucks.
At times like this, it’s good to travel alone. A seat at the counter for one is always available.
Ippudo Ramen’s menu.
At times like this, it sucks to travel alone. I can only sample ONE bowl! 🙁
I chose the Ippudo Original Tonkotsu since this is my 1st visit. My plan was to start with the original and then eat my way through the rest of the menu; which gives me a reason to visit Sg pretty often. 🙂
Service is brisk and my Shiromaru Tamago ramen arrived in less than 15 minutes from the time I gave my order to the waitress.
And of course I had to add an egg.
Actually it was a whole egg; served separately and slightly cold. I cut it into half so I could capture the molten yolk in my pictures. A decently thick slice of pork loin as well as some cabbage pieces was included in the original order, if that counts for anything.
This was the only bowl of ramen outside of Japan that I actually finished every strand of noodle and could even sip the soup. The soup, though complex and rich in taste wasn’t salty or oily as the ones I had in Menya Musashi or Gantetsu Ramen.
Frankly, everything in that bowl was so good. The soup, the tasty pork loin, the egg and of course the thin, springy noodles.
Since I was back from Singapore I have been craving for a good bowl of ramen but I couldn’t bring myself to go back to Menya Musashi, Gantetsu Ramen or Santouka. Not after what I had in Japan. Not after Ippudo Ramen.
Another popular ramen chain in Sg is Tampopo. I haven’t tried it so perhaps in the future I might prefer that over Ippudo or I may not. For now, within Malaysia and Singapore, Ippudo would be my default choice for ramen.
Anyhow, I just found out yesterday that… …..
Yes you saw right. Ippudo is coming to Malaysia! I’m now anxiously waiting for Ippudo Malaysia to open and I hope it won’t be long.
If the quality remained consistent and similar to the Singapore one, the ramen scene in KL is looking rosy! :DD
Food in this post: Ippudo Ramen, Mandarin Gallery Singapore.