Ippudo: Hakkaisan Ramen

One of the things we love about Ippudo is their constant ability to get experimental with their dishes. This Monday, August 8th was Hakkaisan Day—Hakkaisan (translated: Eight Peaks) is a famous sake brewery known for their top quality sake—and to celebrate, Ippudo’s Ramen Master Fumihiro Kanegae (aka Foo) created a dish called Hakkaisan Ramen. This special bowl of noodles claimed to be the world’s first clear miso ramen, where the broth consists of Hakkaisan and kombu, dark roasted rice that was aged for two years, red and white miso, and kagura nanban pepper radish for some added spiciness. And of course, it wouldn’t be an Ippudo specialty if each ingredient didn’t represent something: the aonori (fragrant Japanese seaweed flakes) infused noodles and soup represent the Land, the Duck Chashu is Mount Hakkai, and the grated daikon radish infused with wasabi is the snow. Eaten all together, the broth had a delightfully sweet, light flavor and the noodles hinted at an earthy aonori seaweed flavor. All this was accompanied with Hakkaisan’s Tokubetsu Junmai—a crisp, smooth sake with the a hint of sweetness—that came in Snow Peak’s special Double Wall Titanium Sake cup that kept our beverage chilled. We wish you could have tried this, but to make things a little better, we got word from Ippudo that they will be reinventing their entire menu this coming fall!

Ippudo
65 4th Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-0088

Ippudo Westside
321 W 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 974-2500

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Marvel x Ippudo

Who ever thought super heroes and ramen could coexist in the same stratosphere of a collaborative event? Well, that just became a reality because we’re here to report on the latest Avengers Interactive Ramen pop-up event Ippudo is hosting for two days, from February 25th to the 26th limited to forty seats. Similar to previous events, this was held in their hidden second floor Ramen Bar in their Midtown West location.

Upon entering, we observed staff sporting what appeared to be superhero masks and current Marvel TV series’ posters covering the wall. We were seated and immediately served a delicious brew of Nanbu Bijin Ruten, a premium Ginjo Sake that comes from the northern part of Japan, along with a cute little “Pickled Alien” of baby octopus in sweet and sour brine. We were instructed to dunk the octopus in our sake, similar to how a string of olives would sit in a dirty martini. The combination was a surprisingly delicious bite of sweet and tangy chewy octopus.

Next came the star of the meal, the Avengers ramen. This came with a beautiful three-year aged Iberico pork soup, blended with an organic chicken stock. The aged pork was a representation of Marvel’s founding in 1939, and the chicken soup pointed to Marvel’s “soaring” success in the present day. Another quirky metaphorical dimension to this soup included the Iberico pork broth as “Ironman 1 soup,” and the combination of the pork and chicken soup created, “Ironman 2 soup.” In addition, all the ingredients in this dish stood for a superhero reference. The green noodles represented the “Hulk,” the one strand of red noodle the “Black Widow,” the poached egg the “Arc Reactor” from Ironman, star-shaped fishcakes were Captain America’s shield, the deep fried lamb chops marinated and coated in béchamel were Thor’s hammer, and last but not least, the baguette toast with seafood sauce and garlic sauce represented Ironman 3. With all these ingredients, we were able to enjoy this ramen dish in so many ways. The soup on it’s own was a delicate light broth, but when the poached egg was cracked and the seafood and garlic sauce from the baguette were mixed, it created a beautiful creamy soup that melded perfectly with the fresh green noodles.

We hope that you enjoyed this recap, and keep your eyes peeled for more exciting events to come!

Ippudo
321 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019
(212) 974-2500

Ippudo Tsukemen

This fall, Ippudo has come out with a new addition to their menu, Atsumori Tsukemen. We’ve mentioned a chriashi tsukemen before in our Ippudo x Engineered Garments post, but this time we’re introducing a dish readily available to the public. Ippudo is one of the few ramen shops in New York City to serve tsukemen style noodles, and in our opinion one of the best!

So what is tsukemen exactly? Tsukemen is a dipping style noodle dish, where extra thick noodles are dipped in a rich broth concentrate. Imagine cold soba noodles but with ramen noodles and ramen broth. Ippudo’s version, Atsumori tsukemen is a blend of sea and citrus. The broth consists of kelp and konbu-cha with a delightfully fresh hint of yuzu. One great thing about this dish is the both and noodles are served hot but separate, allowing for one to enjoy fresh firm noodles that don’t turn soft or soggy.
Head over to Ippudo’s uptown or downtown location for some seriously fresh tsukemen, the wait won’t disappoint!

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-0088

Ippudo Westside
321 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019
(212) 974-2500

www.ippudony.com

Baoburg

Over the decades, fusion cuisine has emerged as an innovative style in the contemporary food scene. From Asian fusion to Tex-Mex, the marriage of two or more regions or countries have given birth to many uniquely iconic dishes.

Baoburg located in Greenpoint (originally in Williamsburg) happens to be one of those exciting fusion eateries. A glance at the menu, and you’ll get a dose of Spanish, Thai, French, and many more cultural flavors. Chef Bao Bao who runs the restaurant has an impressive list of accomplishments: serving as a professional cook for the Princess of Saudi Arabia, Cameron Diaz, Janet Jackson, becoming the lead line cook at Soho House Hotel, cooking at Social Private with top chef Tiffany Derry, and much more.

The restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere, perfect for a date or dinner with a small group of friends. We went along with the waiter’s recommendation and got the special of the day, short rib ramen. This dish came with thick ramen noodles, a perfectly boiled egg, fried tofu, fresh greens, and a rich savory broth with a touch of sweetness. The broth together with the tender meat and various other ingredients of the dish offered a delightful silky texture.

Baoburg
614 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 349-0011

www.baoburg.com

Ippudo X Engineered Garments

As you might have read in our post from several months back, we’re a huge fan of Ippudo. On a very cold Monday night, my sister and I headed to a special event uptown at Ippudo Westside. This special event celebrated Engineered Garments‘s collaborative creation of Ippudo staff uniforms. Find out more about the collaboration here.

After a drink or two at the bar, we were escorted upstairs to find chopsticks and black sleeping masks awaiting us. Once we were served a savory delicious warm katsuo (bonito) and kombu (seaweed) broth called ichiban dashi, we were instructed to cover our eyes and wait for the main course to be revealed.

When finally released from the darkness, we opened our eyes to a very colorful bowl of what looked like Chirashi-sushi (direct translation: scattered sushi). The dish was also accompanied with a side of stuffed squid filled with savory sticky rice. Chirashi-sushi typically has sushi rice topped with a selection of sashimi. However, in this case, instead of the sushi rice, there was a thick layer of ramen hidden beneath a delightful bed of finely shredded omelette, salmon roe and sashimi. When eaten together, the eggs and fish blended well with the thick noodles, giving an equal mixture of sushi and ramen flavor.

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The texture and weight of the noodles were perfect for tsukemen (ramen eaten with dipping sauce), and as I was commenting on this fact, a bowl of warm broth made its appearance. Tsukemen noodles are usually thicker allowing more surface area to absorb the concentrated ramen broth.

Not only did we enjoy the meal, it was delightful to witness the clever transformation of chirashi-ramen to tsukemen. If Ippudo ever decides to put this “chirashi-tsukemen” on their menu, we are sure that it will be an instant hit!

Ippudo Westside
321 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019
(212) 974-2500

http://www.ippudony.com/