Danny and I went to Ippudo for the first time a little while ago. We had to wait at least an hour to be seated but it was well worth it! For our appetizers, we ordered the pork Hirata Buns and Kurobuta Pork Tatsuta Age. The Hirata buns were delicious! The bun was nice and warm and the pork was cooked so delicately and just fell apart with every bite. There were eringi mushrooms but I didn’t really taste them. I definitely tasted Ippudo’s original spicy bun sauce. It was tangy and spicy. I don’t really like spicy food but this was a good spicy!
The Kurobuta Pork Tatsuta Age was delicious as well! The Kurobuta Pork Tatsuta Age is marinated Berkshire pork, thinly coated with rice powder, that is delicately fried. The pork was nicely fried and crunchy. There was a nice mayo sauce on top and when everything mixed together with the rice, it was such a nice combination. Not too overpowering.
For my entree, I ordered the Shiromaru Hakata Classic. It came with the original silky “Tonkotsu” (pork) soup noodles topped with pork loin chashu, sesame kikurage mushrooms, memma, red pickled ginger, & scallions. I’m not a huge fan of ramen but this was something. There was so much flavor in the broth and the pork loin just added more flavor to the broth. The mushrooms, memma, and scallions were delicious. I don’t like ginger, so I just picked them out.
For Danny’s entree, he ordered the Tori Ramen. This came with Ippudo’s “Chintan” clear chicken, fish and pork noodle soup topped with pork loin chashu, menma, kaiware radish, shiso leaf & daikon radish. This was just as great as my ramen! There was more of a seafood flavor to it but just delicious. The pork was great, along with the vegetables. Danny loves ramen and this won him over! We had a regular ramen shop we went to in Chinatown but unfortunately, they closed. Ippudo may have become Danny’s new favorite ramen shop.
For dessert, we ordered 1 scoop of pear sorbet and 1 scoop of blood orange sorbet. I absolutely love citrus and was stuffed and couldn’t eat anymore. The sorbet was a perfect end to a meal and super refreshing after dinner. The pear sorbet was a little grainy (just like a regular pear) and the blood orange sorbet was super citrusy and tangy. The subtle pear and acidic blood orange sorbet balanced each other.
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