Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ippudo's Ramen

Short note: I did one of the stupidest thing ever today. I was out for some shopping and when I was in the town already, ready to make the first purchase of the day, I realised that I left my wallet in my room. Cycling all the way back to my hostel is not an option because it is more than ten kilometers one way. I was like wtf to myself a million times but luckily, I brought my bank book out with me today. So, the bank book saved my day haha.
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The busiest crossroad in Japan, located just next to the Shibuya Station.
After a fully packed first day touring around Tokyo, we had our own plans on the next day. I attended the Merdeka & Raya celebration at the Embassy of Malaysia in Shibuya, Tokyo; while WinD had to attend to his part-time job. I had blogged on the event at the embassy here, so you can have a look if you are interested.
After spending more time than I had planned at the embassy, I went to look for some shops to charge my phone because the battery had totally died. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to make arrangements for our dinner that night. It could have been avoided if I have checked on the battery level of the phone the previous night. Served me right for being over-confident haha.
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Walking through the streets in Shibuya in search for something.
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Guess what is this box for? Collection bin for used and unwanted mobile phones.
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Found the thing I was looking for.
I came to this phone shop and told the guy that I wanted to charge my phone. He showed me the way and it cost ¥100 to charge my phone for twenty minutes. It is neither cheap or too pricey, but certainly it is very convenient especially when we are in an emergency situation. I am unsure if this is possible in Malaysia, but this is the first time I saw this in Japan.
It is either I am too jakun, or I am living in an ulu area all this while haha.
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Ippudo, which serves ramen.
We arrived at Chiba Station almost at the same time and WinD took me to a ramen restaurant, just like what he told me before I got down to Tokyo. Both of us shares a special liking for ramen, and I was curious to see how good the ramen would be. Ippudo is located within walking distance from Chiba Station.
Unlike other ramen restaurant, there are two kinds of side dishes where we get to take for free - some green vegetables (which looked like kacang botol) and bean sprouts marinated in chilly powder and perhaps some vinegar. It doesn't look as appetising but WinD insisted me to try it.
I tried taking a bite and the next thing I knew was I asked for refill no fewer than two times haha.
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I am not sure what secret spices they added into these, but they are really nice.
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The rest of the ingredients to be added into the ramen.
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The workers use a weighing machine to measure the weight of the noodles for each bowls.
It has been some time since I had gyoza, so we ordered a plate of gyoza as well. The gyoza here are comparatively smaller than other places, just like Hakata's style. When we took a bite on the gyoza, we could feel the juicy fillings melting inside our mouth. The skin was crispy, but the minced meat inside were as soft as cotton haha. Even thinking about it makes me hungry now lol.
The name itself - hitokuchi gyoza (一口餃子) suggests that we can eat each piece of the gyoza with just one mouthful.
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博多一口餃子 (Hakata hitokuchi gyoza) - ¥420.
We ordered the two most popular ramen from that restaurant - Akamarukasaneaji and Shiromarumotoaji.
The former uses pork bone as the main ingredient for its soup. Umamidama is added as the topping to enhance its taste and balm is added to make it the signature menu of this restaurant. As for the latter, the fine noodle used distinguishes itself from the other kinds of ramen. As the taste of the ramen is the top priority of Ippudo, they try to make sure that the fine noodles are not over boiled. The soup made of pork bone mixed with the chewy fine noodles, making it another main menu of this restaurant (modified from here).
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赤丸かさね味 (Akamarukasaneaji) - ¥850.
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白丸元味 (Shiromarumotoaji) - ¥750.
One thing which I like about Japan is no matter where you go (excluding those high class restaurants of course), the price of the food hardly differ a lot. For someone who loves ramen a lot, I will certainly try to make another trip to this restaurant to have their ramen.
I think the first meal I will have when I pay a visit to Chiba the next time will be Ippudo's ramen lol.

14 comments:

MichelleG said...

i wan ramen as well.... T___T

kh said...

mich... kanto's ramen is horrible... trust me...

=chuan guan= said...

its look so appetizing

kae vin said...

The former uses pork bone as the main ingredient for its soup. Umamidama is added as the topping to enhance its taste and balm is added to make it the signature menu of this restaurant. As for the latter, the fine noodle used distinguishes itself from the other kinds of ramen. As the taste of the ramen is the top priority of Ippudo, they try to make sure that the fine noodles are not over boiled. The soup made of pork bone mixed with the chewy fine noodles, making it another main menu of this restaurant.

you talked like you are the chef, not the customer =_=

and malaysia got free phone charging service. Just walk in to a handphone shop and they can charge it FOC.

and notice that you are updating your blog on a daily basis huh...

how do u even find so much time to blog? @_@

calvin said...

@ michelleg:
how about your salmon sashimi? you don't like it anymore? =P

calvin said...

@ kh:
she does not even know what "kanto" means haha xD

and by the way, how sure are you that miyazaki's ramen is any better?

calvin said...

@ =chuan guan=:
the taste is so much better than its look.

calvin said...

@ kae vin:
i know i am not a food specialist like you >.<

i never know about the phone-charging thingy in malaysia, 'coz i never come across such situation before.

yes, that is because i have decided to stop studying and turn a full-time blogger haha xD

MichelleG said...

haha i like all japanese food.. well most of it.. :P i shd still try natto :P

kh said...

didnt say miyazaki's ramen... tryin to say fukuoka aka hakata ramen... and i know the restaurant you went to serves hakata ramen... but you didnt order the original hakata ramen... ngek

calvin said...

@ michelleg:
we should make a contest, see who can finish a cup of natto first, okay? =P

calvin said...

@ kh:
no wonder hakata sounds so familiar to me. it is in kyushu and you mentioned the place to me before.

aiyo, there are gonna be so many chances for me to visit that restaurant again in the future. i will order hakata ramen on my next visit and show it to you.

*ngek you back*

kh said...

but you're eating it in a restaurant! ... in hakata, people eat by the road or by the river, with beer crates as tables... ngek you back

calvin said...

@ kh:
fine, i will make a visit to hakata one day if i have the chance, and you better prepare an extra room for me that time.