Ippudo Ramen is one of the popular ramen restaurants in Singapore. Based on a voting survey conducted last year, Ippudo Ramen was ranked as the second most popular Japanese ramen joint by Singaporeans.
So rejoice! As they have opened at the newly renovated wing of Shaw Centre in Orchard Road.
Ippudo has a total of 5 stores and 1 express store in Singapore, and each outlet gives diners a different concept, dining style and experience, complete with a unique menu.
Ippudo SG @ Shaw Centre positions itself to be a ‘smart casual dining-style’ store, featuring an array of attractively-priced otsumami (smaller dishes) for diners to sample and share while relaxing in theintricately-designed interior.
The menu at this Shaw Centre outlet offers Japanese otsumami dishes at pocket friendly prices of $6 each as well as exclusive Ramen such as the Tan Tan Ramen.
Amongst their Tapas selection, I enjoyed really enjoyed the Goma Q, Ippudo Original Buns and Crispy Corn.
The Goma Q $6 is one of Ippudo’s signature dishes. Crunchy Japanese cucumbers with fragrant in-house made sesame dressing.
This dish is refreshingly light and very addictive.
Croquette of a golden crisp shell with crab filling and drizzled with tomato cream sauce.
Texture wise, this was a good croquette but I find it rather pricey for $6 a piece as the crabmeat taste or texture was not distinct. But it scored well with the creamy filling.
Totally digging the Crispy Corn $6.
Just imagine lightly battered deep fried sweet corn, sprinked with some paprika.
When you bit into the corn, its a perfect marriage of the sweetness of the corn, the spice of the paprika and the crispy batter. So yummy and a must-order!
We of course went for the pork since it uses the popular Ippudo melt-in-the-mouth chashu enveloped in a soft steam mantou bun with lettuce and mayo.
Definitely reminds one of the traditional kong bar bao but instead its Japanese chashu.
I have never eaten so much Ramen in one sitting! We tried a total of 4 ramens and shared some 8 different Tapas dishes.
Before I go into the details of the ramen dishes, one highlight is their vegetable side selection which is available only at this Ippudo outlet.
For a vegetable lover like me, I particularly like this option and will order it to go along with my ramen noodles. This also reminds me of the Ippudo Ramen menu back in Japan.
My favourite is still their Shiromaru Motoaji Ramen, which is considered the lightest in flavour in their entire Ramen selection. If you prefer a good original creamy tonkotsu ramen soup base, then this would be your choice.
Served with thin straight noodles, pork loin, cabbage and black fungus, this is a classic Hakata style ramen.
Ippudo Ramen shared with me that their most popular Ramen is actually their Akamaru Shin-Aji Ramen which is a rich bodied tonkotsu ramen soup base with their in house blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil.
Served with thin straight noodles, melt-in-the-mouth pork belly, black fungus and spring onions.
Did you know that this is a unique Singapore creation that has been included in Ipuddo? Feedback from local diners is a love for spiciness and this ramen is targeted at spicy lovers.
In house minced meat miso paste with spices and peppers added into Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth topped with some fragrant oil.
Surprisingly, this Tan Tan Tonkotsu Ramen came with a good nutty sesame flavour and mild chilli kick, invoking the nostalgic feelings and familiarity of Tan Tan Mee.
Japanese sesame paste blended into Ippudo’s signature tonkotsu broth, served with thin straight noodles, spicy minced pork miso, pork loin and fresh coriander.
I also particularly enjoyed the lemon slice (served with) squeezed into the soup. It gave a citrus tangy note at the end of each mouthful, quite a refreshing touch to an usually very rich ramen meal.
Ipuddo Ramen @ Shaw Centre
1 Scotts Road, #04-22/23
Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
Tel 6235 2547
Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays 11:30 am – 10pm (L.O. 9pm)
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS line)
Blog post disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and no monetary compensation was received. The meal was compliments of Ippudo Ramen and all views expressed are my own.