Can you handle Ippudo's new Spicy Black Ramen?
A different kind of spice and other tasty additions to line up for at Ippudo
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(SPOT.ph) It feels like only yesterday when Ippudo finally came to Manila, and there was a rush to line up for their flavorful ramen and fluffy pork buns. Fast forward to one year later and they have a longer list of delicious side dishes and now, a limited-edition ramen with an intriguing blend of spices.
Spicy Black Ramen
You still have plenty of time to enjoy it, because the Spicy Black Ramen (P490, add P30 for tamago) will be around for the next three months, at any point when you feel like ordering something other than the usual. This generous bowl of flat noodles swims in Ippudo’s signature tonkotsu broth and is topped with pork belly, but what makes it different is that extra whiff of heat that’s quite unlike any other hot ramen bowls out there. That bold mix of curry, cilantro, and chili partnered with spicy sesame sauce, spicy Koyu oil, and fragrant garlic oil is said to have been inspired by Singapore’s cuisine, particularly Indian, Malaysian, and Chinese influences.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself pausing in between slurps—you’ll have to pace yourself after that initial jolt of heat, but your taste buds will eventually get used to that distinct spice level, helped with a few water breaks or small bites from one or a few of Ippudo’s side dishes.
Beef Ishiyaki Rice
And while the ramen won’t be around for long, there are other delicious treats that are meant to stay. Fans of rice toppings or even Korean bibimbap will enjoy the Beef Ishiyaki Rice (P495)—a mix of tender beef, crisp beans, and garlicky, peppery flavors. The server suggests not leaving the rice to harden in the hot stone bowl, but that bit of crunch won’t stop you from finishing up that meal, wiping the dish clean. It’s good enough to eat on its own, but if you’re having it with the Spicy Black Ramen, it offers a quiet, comforting break from the loud flavors of your soup-and-noodle pairing.
Complement your meal with Ippudo’s newest drinks: The Lemon Spritzer (P140) is light and refreshing, while the Mango Banana Smoothie (P140) helps your taste buds survive the heat from the ramen’s spicy kick.
Mango Banana Smoothie
Whether you still find yourself going back for the classics, like the Akamaru Shinaji (P390), or perhaps the newer Nanban Karaage (P250), it looks like we won’t be running out of favorites at Ippudo anytime soon.