Tokyo

Ippudo, Ginza

Ippudo is one of Tokyo’s most popular destinations for the flavourful noodles-in-broth dish, the ubiquitous ramen.

Ramen, a successful recipe

Ippudo was launched in 1985 by the group’s founder, Shigemi Kawahara, often dubbed the ‘Ramen King.’ Open seven days a week, Ippudo is where businessmen in suits brush shoulders with students who  come here for Ippudo’s flavourful take on the ramen.

Their success is reflected in the large number of branches within Japan and around the globe. They already boast branches in New York, London and Sydney besides several cities in South-East Asia.

A simple but delicious menu

The restaurant’s signature dish is the Shiromaru Hakata Classic served with a traditional Tonkotsu broth which features hand-made noodles in a delicious pork broth topped with slices of roast pork (chashu).  They also serve a range of other classic Japanese appetizers like pork dumplings, edamame (steamed soy beans) and shishito (fried peppers).

The humble ramen may have been concocted in China, but has definitely made Japan its home. With Ippudo’s hugely successful chain of restaurants, the dish is poised to conquer the world.