Ippudo's Red, White, and Black Bowls Are More Special Than You Think
You'll love their ramen even more.
(SPOT.ph) Any Ippudo regular would be familiar with the Japanese chain's ramen bowls, which come in three distinct colors: Red, white, and black. Not only does your soup come in these hefty bowls, with each color corresponding to a kind of ramen, but they also line the interiors of any Ippudo branch, serving as an eye-catching accent piece. Turns out, this isn't exclusive to the Philippines. All Ippudo branches, whether here or abroad, have the bowls as an integral part of their design as these bowls have a story to them, too.
According to Ippudo's official website, their bowls are made from aritayaki or Arita porcelain. Generally used as a term for porcelain made in the town of Arita, aritayaki has been around for over 401 years and was discovered by a Korean potter at Mount Izumi in Japan. Most bowls made from aritayaki are almost transluscent—but Ippudo's solid-color bowls are actually specially made for the ramen restaurant. Another cool thing about it is their bowls are also able to withstand higher temperatures than the regular. For a time, Ippudo bowls were sold at Japanese department store Tokyu Hands—we're crossing our fingers they bring them back, and maybe even bring them to the Philippines! Meanwhile, you now have a deeper appreciation of your ramen bowl, and a few facts to impress someone on your next Ippudo date.
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