Ippudo | Sydney, AUSTRALIA

Growing up, I was never a fan of noodle soup, I completely disliked the feeling when steam hit my face and would blur my vision. I was never good at delivering those slippery noodles into my mouth using chopsticks and somehow the noodles would usually slip out of my chopsticks back into the bowl and the hot broth would consequently splash onto my face. It was not fun.

Surprisingly, as I got older I started to appreciate a good bowl of noodle soup. I like the warm sensation that slowly travels from my mouth to my stomach when I take a big gulp of flavoursome broth. So last time when the other travel bunnie and I were in Sydney, I told my cousin that I wanted to meet up at Ippudo, a popular Japanese ramen brasserie chain that now has branches all over the world.

I liked the fact that the menu offers plenty of different options and inevitably, it took me a while to decide. Eventually, I settled on the karaka men with simmered pork belly ($22), which includes a combination of delicious tonkotsu broth and their special spicy miso. My cousin, on the other hand, wanted something more simple and had the shiromaru chashu ($20) which is an original tonkotsu broth served with thin noodles, pork loin, bean sprouts, black mushrooms and shallots.

I can't say that the ramen was mind-blowing, but it was definitely more exciting in terms of both flavours and ingredients in comparison to my all time favourite – No.2 from Hakataya Ramen, albeit slightly on the pricey side.

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $42

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  1. Yum, I had Ippudo ramen when I was in Singapore.... So good

    1. Your trip to Singapore would've been awesome. It's on our never ending list of places to visit!