Ippudo Philippines takes the art of ramen to the next level by introducing the Hakata-Style Tsukemen. Tsukemen is a type of ramen more popularly known as the dipping ramen, where the noodles are served separately from the broth. You have to dip the noodles in the broth each time.
There are two tsukemen flavors we had in Ippudo: the Classic Tsukemen (Php 485) and the Spicy Tsukemen (Php 495). Both can be served with hot or cold noodles and a bowl of Ippudo's signature tonkotsu broth.
The Classic Tsukemen is topped with shio tamago, diced Chashu, nori and negi while the Spicy Tsukemen is topped with onsen tamago and karakamiso.
I love the familiar flavors of the Classic Tsukemen but I was amazed with the kick of the Spicy Tsukemen. To enjoy the whole experience, you have to dip, slurp and repeat. :)
Ippudo has also added new side dishes along with the tsukemen: the Menchi Bun (Php 125) and the Gyutan (Php 380).
The Menchi Bun is panko-crusted menchi patty with yakiniku glaze sauce in Ippudo's signature bun. This reminds me a lot of Yabu's Menchi Katsu, my favorite katsu. And I love that it's meaty and crunchy at the same time, the exact reason why I also love their Fried Chicken Bun.
The Gyutan is Australian beef tongue topped with onion leeks, served on a hot plate with Yuzukosyo sauce on the side for a spicy kick.
As a fanatic of beef tongue, I only have three words: MORE MORE MORE!
The meat really melts in your mouth, and the amount of fat is enough to make the whole dish flavorful. I will really order this again and vow not to share.
All of these new dishes are available at all Ippudo branches starting this month.
Here's some good news: Ippudo will be opening two new branches soon! ;)
Thanks to Ippudo Philippines for having us.
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