Friday, August 9, 2013

Ippudo Noodle Express, Solamachi Tokyo Skytree

The chilly weather at the Tokyo Skytree area encouraged us to have some warm and filling ramen -- and we were ecstatic to find Ippudo Noodle Express right in Solmachi's food court. 

One of Tokyo's tourist destinations, The Tokyo Skytree is the second tallest tower in the world next to the Burj Khalifa. With so many visitors, the foodcourt was packed and overflowing during lunchtime.

While waiting for seats to be vacated, we scanned the English menu of Ippudo Noodle Express:

Their menu was basic, with only four ramen options. 

The Shiromaru Special had mentai, chashu, cheese, flavoured soft-boiled egg, roasted seaweeds and soy sprouts. Despite the simplicity of the menu combined with the hustle-and-bustle ambiance, we couldn't help but be transformed to one of the authentic ramen houses with a slurp of this rich ramen. The addition of cheese and soy sprouts gave it an interesting kick, both in texture and flavour. On top of that, it was also the first time I was actually able to taste the "roasted" flavour of chashu in a ramen, despite its name.
Shiromaru Special [¥930 or  around Php 415]

The other "special" ramen is called Akamaru Special. It had the same add-ons as the Shiromaru Special, but add-ons to the soup base. I loved how the ingredients are clearly separated once presented. The addition of Miso paste or umami dama and black garlic oil separates this robust dish from the light and creamy Shiromaru. 
Akamaru Special [¥980 or around Php 440]
Literally a party of flavours and texture, you won't be able to distinguish one flavour from the other once mixed together. 

In line with its Hakata origins, the noodles used were straight and thin.


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