Ippudo recently introduced 2 new sides and 2 new bowls of tsukemen, a dipping ramen served during the summer months in Japan because the noodles are served cold. In the Philippines, it’s perfect the whole year round.
Before we started dipping, we tried two new side dishes.
The Mechi Bun (P125). A panko crusted menchi patty, mix of beef and pork, glazed with Yakiniku sauce in between their super soft steamed buns. The bun is still top notch but I found the patty a bit on the salty side so the Chicken bun is still my reigning champion at Ippudo.
Gyutan (P380), translated from Japanese means beef tongue. Ippudo serves it on a hot plate topped with generous onion leeks, with a side of Yuzukosyo paste if you like to kick up the spice level. I was expected beef tongue consistency like those found in lengua, a bit chewy and spongy. When I took a bite out of this one, it felt different, more like stewed, tender meat that you’d be hard pressed to tell was of all things tongue. After an initial hesitant bite, the next bites went by in a flash.
The Classic Tsukemen (P485). From the looks of the noodles alone, I knew I was going to enjoy this. The noodles are not only served cold but are thicker than what you might get at Ippudo. I love thick noodles, there’s an chewiness you can never get from the thin ones. Half and egg, spring onions and chopped chashu are the solitary toppings. If cold noodles are not your thing, then you can have them serve hot, as both options are available upon order.
The soup is served on the side in a small bowl and is thicker so when you dip the noodles in, it coats properly.
Spicy Tsukemen (P495). The spicy version is served a bit differently. Toppings include an onsen tamago, karakamiso, spring onion and a square of nori. You’ll have to mix things up so there’s already a nice coating of spicy meat and egg yolk before you even start dipping. I tried to enjoy this one but it kept getting spicier and spicier and I just gave up. For people who are more tolerant to spice, it should be perfect.
Ippudo Philippines3/F, SM Megamall Fashion Hall Edsa cor. Julia Vargas Ave.,
Ortigas, Mandaluyong City,
Metro Manila Contact No. (632) 470-1837 Operating Hours: S-Th – 10am to 9pm F-S – 10am to 10pm