Ramen, for the longest time, was the exception to the general rule that I love Japanese food. My first experience with ramen was 7 – 8 years ago at a place in Chinatown that has since closed down. The soup was ridiculously thick. After that, I steered clear of ramen until D and I were in Japan — after all, you have to try ramen in the country it originated from, right? Unfortunately, that wasn’t much of an improvement on my previous experience.
Last week, however, I had a long-overdue catchup with H. We’d met up at Westfield Sydney and didn’t feel like braving the oppressive heat to go eat elsewhere, so I was open to H’s suggestion of going to the Japanese restuarant, Ippudo. Ippudo is a Japanese chain ramen restaurant that opened a store in Sydney recently. I had no idea it was a ramen place when we went in, but I ordered the shiromaru motoaji tamago (classic tonkotsu ramen with egg) on H’s recommendation.
The soup was light – neither too thick nor too thin. The pork was tasty and the flavoured soft-boiled egg was a delightful surprise. Thick soup goes hand in hand with true appreciation for ramen, and I’ll probably never truly appreciate that kind of ramen, but I no longer have a dislike for ramen generally! Having said that, this experience still didn’t give me the courage to eat ramen again for dinner last night…
H and I also shared a pork bun – isn’t its pillow shape cute?
Unfortunately, I can’t remember what the pork bun tasted like other than that it was nice but nothing amazing, and that there was spicy mayo.
Ippudo is located at Westfield Sydney, Level 5 Shop 21/5, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.