Was disappointed that I didn’t get the opportunity to try out the original Ippudo when I was in Japan a few months ago. Luckily, Singapore has a couple of Ippudo outlets scattered around Singapore and the bf and I specially headed down to the West in order to try out both Ippudo and Smoothie House located at Westgate!
Hakata Ippudo Ramen Singapore
Don’t worry, Ippudo has more centralised locations in Singapore as well such as the one at Mandarin Gallery. You can see the full list of outlets available on their site HERE!
Ippudo Ramen @ Westgate
3 Gateway Dr, #03-03, Westgate, Westgate, 608532
You can find Ippudo at Level 3 of Westgate next to the Mei Ren Guo. It’s just 2 levels right above Smoothie House so you head down for dessert after your Ramen meal!
Here’s the entrance and interior of Ippudo – very typical Japanese Ramen setup and decked out in Ippudo signature colors of black and red.
The bf and the usual table condiments. Loved the sesame seed grinder, very cute! Oh and when we were there, Ippudo was having this promotion where you can get kaedama for $1! This means you can get an extra serving of noodles in your soup (no top up of soup!) for just a $1. It’s quite commonplace for Ramen shops to have this extra service especially in Japan!
For your reference, you can find the full menu at Ippudo Singapore as below. They have a variety of signature dishes that are a must order – their ramen, karrage, goma Q and gyoza!
Oh and you can customise your noodles texture here from soft – hard depending on your preference!
The Food & Drinks
The bf ordered a lime juice while I had warm water (complimentary).
Appetisers were served first and I ordered the Goma Q and original gyoza! The serving for the Goma Q is huge – almost like eat 3 to 4 Japanese cucumbers at a go so I would suggest you order it for sharing because I was quite sick of eating it after demolishing half of it myself. Oh and the sauce is a tad oily – seems to be grounded sesame and chilli flakes on top.
The gyoza comes served with 2 sauces, gyoza soya sauce and chilli oil. Portion and the gyoza itself is small but tasty.
Was not joking about the size or should I say.. length of the Goma Q.. 😂😂
For our Ramen, we ordered the same type – the white bowl, Shiromaru Motoaji! The bf had the original ($14) while I topped up $3 for an egg ($17). Oh and I requested for no black fungus and spring onions, that’s why it looks slightly different from the bf.
Our Ramen is served with a few slices of pork belly and cabbage alongside with your customized noodle texture. I like mine soft while the bf likes his hard! The egg was great despite the dubious color (LOL) but I wished they sliced it into half rather than serving the whole egg.
Soup was fine and reminded me slightly of the one at Ichiran. Ultimately, I still prefer Ichiran though! But well, since I can’t have it here – guess I got to settle for Ippudo for now.
Oh just sharing – the Shiromaru Motoaji is one of the 2 signature Ramen available at Ippudo and it is characterised by the white bowl. The other Ramen is the Akamaru Shinaji ($15) which is served in a red bowl. The difference is the addition of blended miso paste and garlic oil in the latter which I think will add a stronger taste to the soup. Will try that again on my next visit to Ippudo in the future!