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Ippudo – Hakata Japan

 

How does Ippudo in its place of origin Hakata compare with what we get in Sydney?

Its just as popular with ques forming out side the stores at peak times, its also more on the expensive side compared to other ramen places. This particular store is more like a ramen bar there is table service but no individual tables only long counter benches. As for the ramen whilst its very hard to compare two dishes that are not side by side but I think its very similar to what we get in Sydney. One thing that was different is there is raw garlic and a crusher on every table but all in all its quite the same.

 

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The Menu

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Extra garlic

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 Bib , chopsticks & napkins

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Ippudo – Hakata

http://www.ippudo.com/

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I  recently spent a few weeks in Japan so I will break my blogging drought with this post.  A small collection of pictures from my travels.

 

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Itsukushima Shrine  , Miyajima

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Takoyaki balls simple batter with octopus pieces inside , such a tasty little snack

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Tokyo Tower

Tokyo at night is so cool!!

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Okonomiyaki – savory pancake.   So basically you eat off the hot plate (but its not hot where the eating position is)

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The eating utensil

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They look huge when they are being prepared but they get smaller once cooked

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Ready to eat

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Kyoto Station

I love the bullet train! Not sure exactly but I have ridden it 10+ times and I still act like a little boy when I see one pull into the station.

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They even look good on the inside.

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Aftermath of a big meal

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Street food stall food in Fukuoka

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The “kitchen” right in front of you

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Gyoza , beer & ramen the perfect late night feed

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Tenjin Fukuoka

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“choose the hard of the noodle”

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Momochihama beach

 

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Ippudo – Sydney

 

Im a big fan of Ramen and Ippudo is right up on my list of favorite places to get it in Sydney. At $16 its certainly not the cheapest in town but considering it is in the Westfeilds food court where a sandwich can cost $14 I don’t think the $16 for a Ramen in a sit down table service place expensive. One thing I like about Ipudo is the ” Kae-dama”  so you can another serve of noodles for $2 great for when your really hungry.

 

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Akamaru Shinaji $16 – original Tonkotsu broth with miso paste

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Karaka Men $17 – original Tonkotsu broth with special spicy miso & ground pork. This ramen looks much hotter than it really is, I would call it medium.

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Steamed bun with braised pork $4 – love these pork buns! They are only small  but have so much flavor.

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Fried chicken

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Hakata-style pan-fried dumplings $6

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Out the front

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Ippudo –  Level 5, Westfield Shopping Centre

http://www.ippudo.com.au/

 

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