I heart IPPUDO

Since my Japan trip, I have forever been chasing a close imitation, ANYTHING to mimic the food (especially the ramen) that I had while I was there. I had heard about Ippudo from my sister and cousin who told me that in the New York store had a waiting time of up to three hours! Lucky for me there was one coming to Sydney so I didn’t have to travel so far and hopefully wouldn’t have to wait as long.


Ippudo pork bun – steamed bun with braised pork and IPPUDO original sauce ($4.00 each). Ok I haven’t tried the world famous Momofuku pork buns but I was utterly blown away but the softness of the bun (I kept patting it like a new born’s bottom) and they were SOOOOOOOOO GOOD!



IPPUDO Gyoza Hakata style pan fried dumplings ($6.00 5 pcs). Crispy yummy dumplings.


I love it when the broth is so thick you can’t see the bottom of the spoon. These were amazing and I drank every last drop! After waiting a long time to get in (thanks for pre-waiting in line for us guys!), it doesn’t take long to decide what you want and receiving your order. The only thing I could fault was that there was not enough pork but that is just me being greedy.

We chose a range of ramens

Shiromaru MotoajiIPPUDO original tonkotsu broth served with thin noodles, pork loin, cabbage, black mushroom and shallots. Classic Hakata-style ramen ($15.00).

Akamaru Shinaji – IPPUDO original tonkotsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. Served with thin noodles, pork belly, black mushroom and shallots. A refined, modern style ramen ($16.00).

Karaka men IPPUDO original tonkotsu broth with special spicy miso and ground pork ($17.00).



Conclusion: not a hype, very delicious, very fast and very addictive. It saddens me to write this post and not be eating ramen. 

Venue: Ippudo

Address: Level 5 Westfield Sydney 188 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9573 0011

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Ramen @ Zenya


If you are willing to brave the car parking nightmare at Eastwood, Zenya is a good choice amongst the Asian hustle and bustle.

The bad thing is that the dining area is small and there is usually a line. We waited  15 minutes or so to get a table for 5 people.

Tako-yaki deep fried baby octopus balls with delicious sauce, Japanese mayo and bonito flakes (Zenya set $3.00 extra with our  ramen).  

Gyoza pork and vegetable dumplings with Japanese soy and citrus dipping sauce (Zenya set  $3.00 extra with our ramen).

The ramen (in 4 ways) had a thick rich soup, I have had better but this would make it into my top 5 ramen places in Australia (that I’ve tried so far). I found the pork schnitzel too thick and filling, the roast pork was much better but served in smaller portions.

Ton-Katsu Ramen (pork/chicken soup) soy flavoured soup noodle topped with bean sprout, nori paper, dried mushroom, bamboo shoots, shallots, boiled egg and pork schnitzel ($14.80)

Spicy Miso Ramen (pork soup) spicy miso flavoured soup noodle topped with bean sprout, nori paper, dried mushroom, bamboo shoots, sweet corn, shallots, boiled egg, our succulent roasted pork and fresh chilli ($12.80)

Sho-yu Ramen (pork soup) soy flavoured soup noodle topped with bean sprout, nori paper, dried mushroom, bamboo shoots, shallots, boiled egg and our succulent roasted pork ($10.80)

Kogashi-Ninniku Ramen (pork soup) soy flavoured soup noodle topped with bean sprout, nori paper, dried mushroom, bamboo shoots, shallots, boiled egg, our succulent roasted pork and caramelised garlic ($11.80)

Despite the wait for a table, you can get good quality ramen for a decent price, all and all  it doesn’t sound like a bad meal option and with all these cold nights in Canberra, I wish that Zenya was closer.

Venue: Zenya Noodle Bar

Address: 217 Rowe St, Eastwood, NSW

Phone: (02) 9874 2122

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Sydney Series- perfect timing for the perfect ramen

Sunday lunch

Since coming back from Japan, I have a new standard for ramenand one of the closest I’ve gotten to that delicious thick rich pork broth was when I went to this franchise located in The Galleries Victoria (same level as everyone’s favourite bookstore Kinokuniya- conveniently along the monorail line!).

Although they have an extensive ramen menu there is only a few types of ramen I particularly come for:

  1. my number one choice is the Tonkotsu Ramen only available after 2pm (I wish someone told me, I found out the hard way) and I think there are only 15 bowls made a day. The first time I had it it was purely by luck, it was around 2:15pm and I was surprised that they even had any more at that time, little did I know that it had only been released 15 minutes ago! My sister and I both ordered a bowl and the waitress came back to tell us that there was only one bowl left, my sister offered it to me and I was like “are you sure?” and when she nodded I quickly accepted, don’t have to ask me twice!
  2. Aburi chashu-men or Chashu-men ($13.00) the soup isn’t as great but still very tasty and the pork is soooooo yummy!

Tempura salmon roll to start with: I’ve never had sushi like this before, it was delicious with a slightly crispy texture. Pickled ginger too- mmmmmmmm

Tantanmen ramen ($ 13.00) A traditional spicy ramen topped with minced pork, boiled egg and choy sum vegetables.
Ninniku Ramen (11.90) Soy sauce flavoured soup topped with baked garlic: Tasted very very garlic-y! For garlic lovers and not people on a first date.
Tonkotsu Ramen ($ 11.90) Thin noodles in a slow-cooked pork and sesame seed broth, topped with roast pork and seaweed, it is rich in collagen. We were seated at 1:30pm and when we had ordered this ramen the waitress warned us that it doesn’t come out til 2pm and we just said “we’ll wait” with a very straight face. Lucky for us it came out 15 minutes early and we snagged 2 of the 15 bowls. Sounds selfish but we weren’t going to share!
Lucky we beat a wave of people but there is always a line at this place, keep that in mind if you’re here to order the tonkotsu ramen.

And what did I think of it? Well a picture is worth a thousand words:

Venue: Ichiban Boshi

Locations and opening hours:

The Galleries Victoria 11:00 – 21:00

Bondi junction 11:00 – 21:30

QLD Southport (Wed- Mon) 11:00 – 21:00

Website: http://www.ichibanboshi.com.au/

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