IMAGE Majoy Siason

Ippudo is serving up a new, limited-edition black ramen and then some

They sure know how to spice things up.


 

(SPOT.ph) Ippudo, since arriving on Philippine shores a couple of years ago, has been keeping their ramen game strong. We can all agree their signature tonkotsu broth won't ever get old, but that doesn't mean it can't get an upgrade.

 

 

This month, they're introducing the Kuro Ramen (P520), a piping hot bowl of their tonkotsu broth infused with black pepper and spicy garlic. Don't let the slightly menacing appearance intimidate you; the Kuro Ramen is only mildly spicy. The dish doesn’t aim to push your taste buds to the limits. Instead, it highlights the aroma and subtle heat of the spices for some relaxed and enjoyable slurping. Each serving is loaded with thick Hakata noodles, topped with shio tamago, nori, and Akamiso paste, and finished off with a slice of smoky torched charsiu for a hint of barbecue.

 


 

More fresh creations are available for a limited time. The Torched Gyutan Don (P280) can easily steal the show. The savory masterpiece features melt-in-your-mouth Australian beef tongue that's so pleasing to the palate we wish they'd keep it on the menu forever. Each tender piece is slightly charred and then glazed with sweet yakiniku sauce, served alongside shredded egg and nori, on a bed of warm Japanese rice.

 


 

The Seafood Okonomiyaki (P295) is a heavy serving of Japanese pancake stuffed with cabbage and squid, decorated with shrimps, and drizzled with shio dare sauce and Japanese mayo. The variety of flavors may be too much, but the contrast of textures—from the soft pancake base to the crunchy cabbage—is still an experience.

 


 

These limited-edition menu items are available until the end of the year, which isn't such a bad way for Ippudo to close 2016 if you ask us.

 

Ippudo has branches at 3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City; Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila; Uptown Place Mall, Uptown Bonifacio; and SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Read more about Ippudo.

 

Photos by Majoy Siason

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