Popular Around The World! Ichiran’s Natural Tonkotsu Ramen

09.February.2017 | FOOD

Ichiran is a restaurant specializing in natural tonkotsu ramen. It’s popular in Japan and overseas as well.

Today, we’ll be introducing the Ikebukuro branch, located just two minutes on foot from the station. Ikebukuro is an area with a strong otaku culture like that of Akihabara, and a spot where many tourists from overseas like to visit. This may be part of the reason why many visitors stop by Ichiran after enjoying a day of shopping. The store recently seems to be enjoying more attention from travelers from abroad.

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    04.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Popular ramen restaurants Original Ramen Style Hayashi and Human Beings Everybody Noodles in Osaka have crossed chopsticks to open up the all-new restaurant RAMEN PURISM in Shinsaibashi, Osaka.

    Hayashi Ryuu Miso Ramen: ¥990

    RAMEN PURISM will be the central branch of RAMEN CUBISM which opened in Hong Kong back in January, making it an example of a reverse-import restaurant.

    Kindan no Shio: ¥890

    Jinrui Mina Shoyu: ¥890

    The Hayashi Ryuu Miso Ramen and Kindan no Shio by Original Ramen Style Hayashi and the Jinrui Mina Shoyu by Human Beings Everybody Noodles are served in large ramen bowls specially ordered from a ceramic maker in Kyoto (露古壽窯). The noodles are also prepared in-house meaning customers can enjoy freshly made noodles.

    The noodles are made from fragrant bamboo wheat flour while the mouth-watering roast pork is a mix of pork belly and shoulder which is cooked at 160°Cfor 30-minutes until the centre of the pork reaches 70°C.

     

    The glass windows in the restaurant mean that customers can watch the noodles noodles being made in front of them. Jazz music plays while you eat adding luxurious atmosphere compared to other ramen shops. It’s located just a 30-second walk from Ebisu Bridge in Souemoncho making access super easy.

  • Ippudo ramen opens on the lively and bustling Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong!

    08.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japanese ramen shop Ippudo has just opened inside Eaton Hotel, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The ramen shop celebrated its grand opening on 3rd May. 

    Yokohama Kakaei Tonkotsu 80HK$/ ¥1,136

    Ippudo pork buns 28HK$/ ¥397

    The ramen served here includes Japan’s favourites; Shiromaru (salt-based), Akamaru (spicy red miso) and Ippudo Karakamen (hot and spicy). Besides the basics, there are so many other types of ramen served here, such as the Kuro (black) ramen, which shares the same standard tonkotsu broth but has a dash of garlic oil and black pepper. There’s also an Eaton Hotel-limited ramen called Yokohama Kakei Tonkotsu which is made using the tonkotsu broth infused with a chicken soup broth. Besides ramen, there is a rich variety of elegant dishes to complement your ramen. You can also get Ippudo pork buns and Ippudo gyoza (stuffed dumplings). There are also dessert treats such as the black soybean-matcha pudding dora (a black soybean and green tea pudding sandwiched between two Japanese-style pancakes).

    Eaton Hotel is just a five-minute walk from Jordan train station (Tsuen Wan line, MTR). Other popular attractions in the area within walking distance include the Ladies Market and Temple Street, which thrive during the night in the Kowloon area. This area is bustling with tourists as well as locals, who come and go to this area! On the lower ground floor which is one floor below Ippudo, there is a countless number of food and drink places which are popular with visitors every day.

    Starting with Ippudo ramen, come and show your support for delicious Japanese food in countries all over the world!

  • Ippudo releases new ramen for Niconico Chokaigi 2019 super cultural event!

    19.April.2019 | FOOD

     Ramen shop Ippudo will make its first ever appearance at Niconico Chokaigi 2019 from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th April. This event will take place at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall. To celebrate, Ippudo will release a brand new ramen!

     

    Niconico Chokaigi is Japan’s largest cultural festival where you can even participate online. Their slogan emphasises the appreciation of everything, whether it be the same or different. Ippudo‘s vision strongly resonates with this slogan, as they believe in an infinite number of possibilities and strive to keep pushing the boundaries. It was from this concept that their new ramen was born! Reform and tradition, skill and passion; Ippudo combined all these base factors to create their new ramen Cho ♡ Ippudo Ramen, which perfectly rounds off the end of the Heisei period.

    Cho ♡ Ippudo Ramen (name subject to change)  ¥800 (price with tax included), limited sales!

    Noodles dressed in tonkotsu sauce, curry spices and garlic oil contrasted with fruits such as pineapple and strawberries, and finished with a touch of vibrantly-coloured vegetables such as tomatoes and broccoli. As well as a range of ingredients, this bowl also includes a range of fun textures such as fruity granola and cheese for you to mix and enjoy. The ingredients harmonise with each other for a beautiful flavour. We recommend you add black pepper for a refreshing aroma or spice for a tingly kick!

     

    On each day of the event, only 300 visitors will be given a pucchin pudding for free! This is a topping for your ramen which will send you on a brand new flavourful adventure! If you mix it with your ramen, it will become milder. The bittersweet flavour of the caramel sauce leaves a touch of nostalgia, and the pudding looks cute too! Come down to the Ippudo booth on an event day to witness the debut of a VTuber! (Virtual YouTuber). There will also be a wide range of fun events taking place. More detailed event information will be released around 22nd April.

     

    Try out a whole new type of specially made ramen and explore the huge range of events at Niconico Chokaigi 2019!

  • Gudetama & Chicken Ramen Hiyoko-chan Collaborate in Online Video

    06.April.2019 | FOOD / Uncategorized

    Hiyoko-chan clashed on his official Twitter page with Gudetama on March 24.

    The comment section was flooded with comments from people asking them to make up. A video was then posted which showed them having made up. Gudetama kindly made an egg shaped pocket for Hiyoko-chan to join him in basking instant ramen.

     

     

    The video is also an ad for the new Gudetama Chicken Ramen which comes with the following decorative faces to put on your egg with your noodles.

    Make your instant ramen even more fun and get your hands on the Gudetama Chicken Ramen!

  • IPPUDO Releases Cherry Blossom Coloured Tonkotsu Ramen at 1/2PPUDO

    03.March.2019 | FOOD

    IPPUDO released its limited-time “Spring Colours Tonkotsu Ramen” at 1/2PPUDO branches on March 1. Only 30 bowls will be served per day.

    To achieve the cherry blossom colour of the broth, IPPUDO cooks it with beetroot which has a vivid and distinct red colour. The bowl contains an assortment of vegetables including bright purple cabbage that has been pickled, rape blossoms, butter sauteed onion, and fried potato. It also has sakura shrimp―a perfect choice for the coming spring―as well as a shrimp flavoured rice cracker, basil, and a juicy roasted chicken thigh.

     

    To bring this healthy and hearty springtime bowl together, the ramen is served with medium-thick chewy noodles.

  • BAOBAO opens up at Ichijōji, Kyoto, specialising in the widely popular spicy Chinese ramen “Malatang”

    28.February.2019 | FOOD

    BAOBAO is Kyoto’s first ramen shop that specialises in “Malatang”, which is a kind of Chinese street food. On 5th February 2019, a new shop opened up in the famous ramen hotspot Ichijōji!

     

    The Malatang soup broth is made using a variety of Chinese ingredients. Sichuan pepper provides a tongue-numbing spiciness (麻), whilst chilli pepper produces its hot spiciness (辣). The soup goes perfectly with glass noodles. Malatang is a massive hit in Japan. Many major food companies and restaurants are churning out masses of Malatang-flavoured snacks and food menus. What’s the secret to Malatang’s popularity? You can enjoy this meal and still obtain lots of nutritious vegetables, the glass noodles are healthy, and the spices are also good for your body!

     

    The soups made at BAOBAO are packed with over 20 varieties of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs, blended using natural methods and boiled to make a soup. Just how you can in China, customers can tailor Malatang to their liking as the restaurant has 30 different toppings that you can choose from. There are also 5 levels of spiciness to choose from, so those who are bad with spice can also relax and enjoy a hearty meal here.

    The flavours of this Malatang ramen are the result of thorough and rigorous preparation. The chefs studied Chinese cuisine at a first-class hotel and created this menu with the goal that all customers feel their bodies satisfied and full of joy after finishing their meal.

    Besides Malatang, there is also minced pork rice, soft and tender steamed chicken prepared at a low heat, yumcha tea and other various sides. This place caters for both those who want to go all out for dinner and those who are on diets.

     

    This simple ramen restaurant is perfect for anyone ー whether you come alone or in a group, please check it out!

  • New Ramen Restaurant Zone Opening in KITTE Marunouchi

    04.February.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    A new ramen food zone called Ramen Gekisenku Tokyo Marunouchi is set to open in KITTE GRANCHE, a shop and restaurant area located on floor B1F of KITTE Marunouchi, on March 5, 2019.

     

    The new gourmet area will be filled by popular ramen restaurants and long-standing ramen eateries that have been picked up by the media multiple times. The Marunouchi area is connected directly to Tokyo Station making it easily accessible for ramen lovers. There will be no preparation time from opening to closing meaning customers can enjoy the restaurant at both lunch and dinnertime.

    Chuka Soba Fukumi (中華そば 福味)

    Fukumi is a famous restaurant expanded to New York in 2007 and even made it into the New York Times. The ramen broth is made with whole Shigentori chickens―a brand of chicken. And by using RO water, a type of water that removes impurities, the full delicious flavour of the chicken is brought to the palette. The bowl is made with a refreshing and full-bodied broth and a rich hot water soup. The noodles are homemade using Waka, a wheat flour made in Hokkaido that ensures good texture that slides down the throat well.

    Matsudo Tomita Menban (松戸富田麺絆)

    Tsukemen noodles are the standard eaten at this restaurant managed by restaurant owner Tomita. They are known for their pork bone and seafood broth and incredible homemade noodles. The owner himself appeared in the documentary Ramen Heads which received coverage worldwide. He has served ramen at an overseas film festival and has even been called “the absolute king of the ramen world.”

    Tokyo Style Miso Ramen Do Miso (東京スタイルみそらーめん ど・みそ)

    Do Miso specialises in miso ramen and since opening in Tokyo has gone on to serve ramen made with a sweet and full-bodied broth containing rich red miso. The miso used is an original blend of five miso varieties such as Edoama Miso and Shinshu Miso. The soup is a mix of two soups: one made with meat such as pork and chicken and a Japanese-style made with kombu, shiitake mushrooms, mackerel and skipjack tuna. The noodles were made to complement the miso – they are flat curly noodles made with tapioca.

    Shisen Tantanmen Aun (四川担担麺 阿吽)

    With its main branch based in Yushima, Aun is often called Tokyo’s number one amongst fans of tan tan noodles. This restaurant is credited with creating a boom with its broth-less tan tan noodle dishes. It is made with homemade raayu red chili oil and Sichuan pepper. There are seven spice levels to choose from that range from 0 to 6. The restaurant’s recommended level is 3. The 6th level  is open only to those who have cleared the 5th, making this restaurant popular not only amongst ramen lovers but spice-seekers too.

    Hakata Yatai Ramen Ikkousha (博多屋台ラーメン 一幸舎)

    Ikkousha has expanded to 9 countries overseas in Asia. By cooking their rice with large quantities of pork bones, the soup becomes rich and creamy which when spooned into the mouth instantly bursts with delicious flavour. This dish respects the tradition of tonkotsu ramen while evolving it. It is a street food style ramen that has been loved by the people of Hakata for years.

     

    If ever you’re in Tokyo be sure to pop on over to KITTE Marunouchi to try the ramen of many famous restaurants.

  • Gion’s Popular Ramen Restaurant Muraji Ramen Opening New Branch in Shijo Karasuma

    04.December.2018 | FOOD

    Muraji Ramen, a popular ramen restaurantin the Gion area of Kyoto known for its queues, has announced that it will open a new branch called Muraji Muromachi in the Shijo Karasuma area.

    The new restaurant is housed in a renovated building at the interaction of Muromachi Takoyakushi which is right next to Shijo Karasuma Station. The building itself has a strong Taisho roman quality to it and was even selected as one of 2013’s most desired-to-keep buildings of the Meirin School district for its old and traditional Japanese atmosphere. They pride themselves on their toripaitan chicken ramen.

     

    The restaurant will also open its third branch in Pontocho, a popular area in Kyoto amongst foreign tourists, on December 15, 2018.

    Muraji Ramen opened its main branch in Gion in November 2015. It is located in Gionkiridoshi which is located not too far from Shirakawa Street and lined with old Kyoto style town houses. It won’t be found on the main path but in the side streets. On a busy day the restaurant boasts over 350 customers. Their toripaitan chicken ramen is good for the heart and body and particularly popular with female customers. They also have a lemon chicken ramen dish which has even been picked up by the media and has seen its fair share of shares on Instagram.

    Muraji Muromachi offers a standing-and-eating style experience on the first floor and table seating on the second floor. They will sell limited quantities of their chicken karaage bento takeout which is hugely popular at the main Gion branch.

     

    Enjoy a luxurious atmosphere and taste at Muraji Ramen’s new branch.

  • IPPUDO Opens New Branch in Western Australia’s Capital City Perth

    19.November.2018 | FOOD

    Japanese restaurant IPPUDO held the grand opening of its new branch in Westfield Carousel in Perth, Western Australia on November 8, 2018. This marks the chain’s sixth branch in Australia and second in the city of Perth.

    Westfield Carousel is a shopping centre located along the Albany Highway in the South-East region of Perth. The complex is home to a range of shops including the famous upmarket department store David Jones, over 60 boutiques, a rooftop dining area and entertainment facilities.

    The new IPPUDO is decked out with the chain’s symbolic red and white colours. The warm-lighted lamps give a comforting atmosphere to the wooden decor and sophisticated space.

    It also has a terrace seating area that can be enjoyed for the bar or a relaxing dining experience.

    The menu includes a familiar IPPUDO line-up such as the Shiromaru Classic made with a creamy pork broth and served with thin noodles, pork belly and other treats, and the Akamaru Modern made with an original pork broth and enhanced with miso paste and garlic oil. Sides include gyoza and there are desserts, Japanese sake and wine to enjoy.

  • Ippudo Opens New Store in Taiwan Following Stores in Thailand and Philippines

    30.August.2018 | FOOD

    Popular Japanese ramen chain Ippudo held the grand opening of its 9th branch in Taiwan Xiutai Wenxin.

    Having only just opened stores in the Philippines and Thailand, Ippudo have opened yet another branch in Taiwan Xiutai Wenxin. It is located in Taichung in mid-west Taiwan in a place that is about a 15-minute car drive from neighbouring business areas and has few competitors. This region has historical and traditional heritage and expects developments in the near future. They expect their customers to be the families living there, the students of Chung Shan Medical University, and those who come by Shinkansen from Wuri District or Changhua District. The first day the new Ippudo branch opened it was a huge success with a huge line of people waiting to get inside.

    They have regular ramen dishes like shiromaru motoaji, akamaru shinaji and karakamen, as well as many kinds of ramen with a tonkotsu (pork bone) based broth like daimyo iekei tonkotsu, hakata tantanmen and so on. You can also enjoy sides like Hakata original gyoza.

    You can enjoy your meal in a very comfortable sofa, or you can see the whole floor from communal tables and the counter while experiencing the live kitchen.

     

    Let’s discover the beloved ramen power at Ippudo!

     

    ■Information

    IPPUDO Taiwan Xiutai Wenxin

    Address:6F., No.289, Wunsin S. Rd., Nantun Dist., Taichung City

    Opening: August 27, 2018

    Business hours: Monday to Friday 11:00~22:00(LO21:30)Saturday/Sunday 10:30~22:00(LO21:30)

    URL:http://www.ippudo.com.tw/

     

  • Japanese Ramen Worldwide Shipping with ZENMARKETPLACE

    01.August.2018 | FOOD

    Ramen Two Dot Com is an online shopping site for local ramen from around Japan. They’re teaming up with ZENMARKETPLACE, another online site that ships to 135 countries, to deliver famous local ramen to the rest of the world.

     

    Those living in Europe, the US and Russia can look forward to purchasing a whole range of different ramen, including Chiba style ramen from Chuka Soba Tomita Ramen and a Yokohama family lineage ramen from Yoshimuraya.

    ZENMARKETPLACE doesn’t ship inside Japan – only overseas. Their website is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Ukranian, and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional).

     

    A video was posted on YouTube featuring Brian MacDuckston, an American Youtuber who posts video about ramen, who talks about tsukemen from Tomita which can be ordered on the website.

     

     

    Enjoy authentic Japanese ramen at home by ordering from ZENMARKETPLACE!

     

    ■Information
    Ramen Two Dot Com
    Purchase Ramen: https://zenmarket.jp/s/japanvillage/

  • Hard Rock Cafe Fukuoka Collaborates with Popular Ramen Restaurant Ippudo

    26.June.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Fukuoka branch of Hard Rock Cafe, a US chain restaurant centred around music is holding a campaign titled “This is Hakata 2018” where they will serve up a menu using ingredients from Hakata and Kyushu.

     

    They are teaming up with Ippudo for the collaboration, a ramen restaurant that originated in the Hakata ward of Fukuoka and has gone on to become a global hit. It will run from July 2 to August 31.

    IPPUDO Double Char Siu Ramen Burger (¥2,280)

     

    Hard Rock Cafe has a long list of restaurants around the world, each with their own “Local Legendary Burger” that is made with regional ingredients. Since Ippudo originates in Hakata, they have developed the Ippudo Double Char Siu Ramen Burger.

     

    Brewmaster (¥980)

    Premium Ice Brewmaster (¥1,080)

    Cabos & Honey (¥1,080)

     

    Additionally, they will sell three varieties of bottle Brewmaster beer made in Fukuoka breweries.

    This special campaign features a line-up of delicious items that give you the chance to enjoy the unique regional culture of Hakata. If you’re in Fukuoka this summer, be sure to drop by the Hard Rock Cafe.

     

    ■Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Fukuoka – “This is Hakata 2018” Campaign

    Address: Hard Rock Cafe Fukuoka, JPJP Hakata Bldg. 2F, 8-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi

    Running: July 2, 2018 – August 31, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00-00:00 (Last Orders 23:00)

    TEL: 092-433-2975

    Website: http://hardrockjapan.com/

     

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