If you want to experience authentic Japanese ramen, but are stuck in New York, Ippudo is the place to go. Since it’s grand opening in 2008, this world famous ramen shop has gained so much popularity, even six years later, you will find yourself waiting in a very, very long line. Here are three special dishes at Ippudo that we truly feel worth sharing:
SHIROMARU HAKATA CLASSIC
Hakata is a specific type of ramen found in the southern region of Japan called Kyushu. The special qualities Hakata ramen has, and also what Ippudo’s Shiromaru Hakata Classic adopts, is a thick creamy pork broth with thin noodles. Also, this dish comes with distinct toppings, which include pickled ginger, pickled bamboo, a slice of pork, and a hand full of chopped scallions. Despite this dish sounding pork heavy, it was quite light and the simplicity of the dish helped us appreciate every flavor.
On the other hand, the Akamaru Modern is a more complex dish. Although the basis of the soup is the traditional creamy Hakata broth, it comes with more playful elements such as garlic oil, Ippudo’s “Umami Dama,” a secret miso paste, pork chashu, cabbage, kikurage mushrooms, and scallions. With all these different flavors, this dish is more on the heavy side, but all these toppings add a bit of fun, making you crave for more.
Finally, we come to the pork buns. Every time I meet a person who has gone to Ippudo, they all mention how amazing the pork buns are. We cannot agree more, the pork buns are truly delectable. The pork is melt-in-your-mouth with a very distinct flavoring that is somehow very distinctly Japanese. It also comes with mayo and crispy lettuce. Be sure to order this as an appetizer!
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