IPPUDO (一风堂) is no stranger to Japanese ramen lovers. Penangites have been waiting to have Ippudo for many years and finally Ippudo decided to open its first branch in the northern region. Now Penangites need not go all the way to Kuala Lumpur to have their favourite bowl of ramen, instead they can find Ippudo just at the al-fresco dining area of Gurney Plaza, Penang.
Ippudo started its first outlet way back in 1985 in Fukuoka, Japan. As of today, it has more than 200 outlets worldwide. At Ippudo, quality and service are their priorities. “To spread SMILE and ARIGATOU through bowls of Ramen” is the motto of Ippudo.
The new outlet in Gurney Plaza is able to cater a total of 132 pax. It has a private room for those who wish to have some privacy.
The ramen counter is ideal for those coming alone or two and also to have a view of how their food is being prepared by the staff.
The semi private area is available for small groups who wish to have a little privacy off the main dining table.
The bar area is a separate corner for who enjoy drinks especially Japanese liquors and sake.
For those who smoke and drink can choose to sit outdoor while enjoying the natural breeze.
Counting down to the grand opening of Ippudo outlet in Gurney Plaza, all the staffs were busy with the preparation work.
Salmon Roll 4pcs – RM19, 6pcs – RM28. Lightly seared fresh salmon roll seasoned with delicious mentaiko and topped with cod roe.
The salmon slices with mentaiko seasoning is one of the great delicacies here. The bite-sized fresh salmon roll mixed really well with the ingredients and it melted in the mouth the moment you took a bite. It is a must-order side dish at Ippudo.
Ippudo Pork Bun – RM7.70. Juicy braised pork belly served with Ippudo’s special sauce. This is another best-seller and all-time favourite around the world!
The appearance of the pork bun look nothing exciting but when you took a bite, you will never stop and will keep wanting for more. The pork slice was succulent and well-marinated and it went really well with the lettuce and soft white bun.
Bakuretsu Tofu – RM18. Spicy tofu and minced pork with crispy noodles in a hot stone pot.
This tofu dish is similar to the Chinese dish “Ma Po Tofu”. The taste of this dish consists of sweet, sour, salty and most importantly it makes your tongue numb. The taste of the soup was packed with seafood flavour and the spiciness from the peppercorn made this Bakurestsu Tofu a complete dish with all the different senses except “bitter”.
The main dish at Ippudo is no other than Japanese ramen. There are 3 level of spiciness available for the soup base, starting from original to spiciness level 1 to 3 (extremely spicy). Even the texture of the noodle can be chosen from normal to hard or very hard.
Shiromaru special – RM32.90. Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth served with ultra-thin noodles, salted soft-boiled egg, pork loin and pork belly, bean sprouts, kikurage, spring onions and seaweed. This is a classic Hakata-style Ramen.
The original-flavoured broth without any spiciness that have been cooked for long hours. The sweetness of the soup came from the pork bones and some seasoning of the soup. The soup was served with hard-textured ramen, juicy pork loin and pork belly.
Akamaru Special – RM34.90. Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. Served with thin noodles, pork loin and pork belly, kikurage, seaweed, salted soft-boiled egg, bean sprouts and spring onions. This is a refined, modern-style Ramen.
The base of the broth is similar to the above. However, with the touch of special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil, this ramen tasted really outstanding. For those that love garlic scent like myself, this would be the best selection.
Karaka Special – RM35.90. Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth with spicy miso and ground pork, cashew nuts, bean sprouts, spring onions, salted soft-boiled egg, seaweed, pork loin and pork belly. This is a spicy bowl with an addictive kick!
This is the spicy type of ramen which was served with a touch of chili paste. For this dish I ordered spiciness level 3. However, for normal Penangite this is considered slightly spicy only. For me, this is just nice as with the right level of spiciness we can taste the original flavour of the soup and will not be overwhelmed by the spiciness.
Ika Karaage – RM19. Deep-fried squid tentacles, topped with chopped fried garlic and dried chili.
This crunchy and chewy squid tentacles are great to be served together with a nice cold beer.
Corn Sticks – RM10. Deep fried corn served with special mayo sauce.
The Japanese sweet corns were sliced and served with a special mayo sauce. The corn tasted sweet and it paired really well with the special mayo sauce which tasted rich and nutty.
Satsuma Age – RM16. Fried fishcake observed with unagi mayo sauce.
The texture of the fish cake is similar to our “roti canai” while packed with fish flavour. The unagi mayo which was served together with this dish was not as outstanding as compared to the sweet corn special mayo sauce.
Lemon Mint Soda – RM12.30
One of the popular drinks at Ippudo. This drink will cool you down after the excitement of hot ramen.
Yuzu Mojito – RM28
For those who love drinks with a touch of liquor, this is a great refreshing cocktail that served with yuzu (citrus junos).
Itachoco Monaka – RM10.50. Crunchy chocolate sandwiched between soft vanilla ice cream and wafer.
This soft wafer outside was stuffed with vanilla ice cream and crunchy chocolate in between. This is a refreshing dessert which is a favourite for both adults and kids.
Having a light moment with Daisuke Kobayashi San (Executive Chef), Tiffany Chung (Asst. Marketing Manager) and Ken (Foodie) during the soft launch of Ippudo Penang.
Overall, this is an exciting new Japanese restaurant and an all-in-one place for diners who love ramen and Japanese liquor. I would love to visit this place again for their delicious ramen and unforgettable Yuzu Mojito.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
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Operation hours: 10:30am – 11:30pm (Open Daily)
Address: 170-G-37, 37A, Persiaran Gurney, Plaza Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang