When I went to New York last October, Ippudo was my ramen back up in case we couldn’t try out Momofuku Noodle Bar. I was glad to see that Sydney had a location, and also glad that my friends wanted to try it too.
While shopping in the CBD, it turned out Ippudo was in the same shopping centre that we were in. Just had to go up a couple levels to the 5th floor, and look around. While looking for Ippudo, I was kind of shocked to see a Din Tai Fung location in a food court.
Ippudo wasn’t that busy, so we were seated immediately. They dont’ have too many things on their lunch menu, but we already knew what we wanted. We started with the Ippudo Pork Buns ($4), and we ordered 3 different ramens.
The pork belly buns weren’t what I was expeting. The meat was flavourful, very tender and delicious. They almost melted in your mouth. However, instead of your typical hoisin, and green onions, they used lettuce and mayo. The combination honestly made all of us immediately think of a McChicken. The pork bun was pretty good, but I think mayo and lettuce isn’t the best choice.
I ordered the most expensive ramen on the menu – $21 for the Ippudo Karaka Men Chashu. I was excited when it came, the tonkotsu broth had some spicy miso, with green onions, slices of simmered fatty pork belly, and… chopped peanuts. I had to send it back, and wait even longer. Although a just a garnish, they should mention that. I didn’t have to wait as long the first time. The broth was really good, not too salty. It wasn’t too spicy either. The noodles were quite thin, and firmer, which some may enjoy, but I like noodles a bit thicker. I know food is typically expensive here, but $21 for ramen is pretty excessive. $14 for an even better ramen at Hokkaido in Vancouver is even quite a bit for a bowl of soup noodle.
My friends both ordered the Shiromaru Motoaji, which is also a tonkotsu broth, but served with pork loin, cabbage, black mushrooms, and shallots. They both added a boiled flavoured egg. I don’t think they were overall too impressed with their bowls of ramen.
Level 5 Westfield Sydney
188 Pitt St
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