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65 4th Ave at 10th St.
David Chang who? If you're craving a rich bowl of Ramen, Ippudo is where it's at. As novice Ramen eaters, we didn't think it could get any better than Momofuku, but Ippodu makes poor Momo's soup look plain amateur. True, the wait is always over an hour, but the giant bowl of steaming broth and meaty pork is totally worth killing some time for. And how often do we say that? CONT'D
A favored chain back home in Japan, Ippudo immediately seems more authentic than others: The staff is all Japanese, and when you enter the dining room, they welcome you with a mighty cheer. We're not sure what they're saying, but we'll assume it's something along the lines of "hello" or "welcome" or "I hope you're ready to replace all of the liquids inside of you with ramen."
The interior is festive: mirrors and trees and glowing Japanese letters look all high and mighty on the walls. Start off with the pork buns, which substitute cucumbers and sweet sauce for a mayonnaise mixture. It takes some mental adjusting if you're used to Momofuku's crunchy, fatty bun, but the meat in Ippudo's is thick and lean. It skimps on the fat but retains all the flavor.
Ramen time. A gigantic spoon doesn't seem to hold enough of this insanely flavorful broth. You'll regret having those two Kirin Light's before this, wishing your stomach was larger. If you're somehow still hungry, be sure to save some broth and shout "kae-dama;" an extra helping of noodles will be delivered to your bowl for only $2.
Posted in FOOD on March 16, 2010 7:51am by Jena Steinbach | 3582 comments
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