Ippudo 博多一風堂 – The Tokyo Ramen Experience Is Really Quite Different
[Tokyo, Japan] First ramen shop that I rushed to when I went back Tokyo? Ippudo 博多一風堂. The choice was quite obvious because I have always been a fan of Hakata style ramen – the thin, non-curly straight paler yellow noodles, basked in rich milky tonkotsu pork bone broth. An Ippudo ramen in Tokyo cost about 750 Japanese Yen, who works out to be $9.10. Having that in Singapore’s Mandarin Gallery would set you back double or more than price, and yet not as good. Compared to the Singapore branches which have an upscale sleek New Yorkish interior and presentation, the branch I visited at Ebisu Tokyo is a return to the conventional old-fashioned ramen shop with a sit-down counter of rustic wooden finishing, attracting families and the occasional solo businessman. Ah yes, they have an English menu. Ippudo 博多一風堂 was so named because the founder Shigemi Kawahara wanted to “blow wind...