New Ramen Place Spotted at SM’s Mega Fashion Hall: We Think It’s IppudoApril 19, 2019
- Mikka WeeWords
SM’s newest Mega Fashion Hall seems intent on bringing in the big guns of the restaurant industry. Last year, we spotted Tim Ho Wan’s pork buns making an appearance on its ground floor, but a couple floors up, you’ll see a nameless ramen place that’s still under construction.
We have a hunch that it’s Ippudo.
Ippudo is a Japanese ramen chain that has since branched out and opened restaurants in some of the world’s biggest cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Sydney, Seoul, and New York. And now, it’s made its way to one of the busiest districts of the Philippines—Ortigas City. Ippudo, literally “one wind hall”, owes its name to a story involving its founder. It’s said that there used to be dark clouds hovering over the Kyushu ramen industry, and Ippudo’s founder, Shigemi Kwahara, wanted to “blow the wind and revolutionize the era.”
Comparing the photo on the sign above with one of Ippudo’s signature ramen dishes, the Akamaru Shin-Aji, we can see the striking resemblance.
“The 25-year old recipe requires slow cooking over long hours to achieve a perfect emulsion of oil and liquid, creating a rich and powerful Tonkotsu that enhances the flavor of pork-bone topped with Ippudo’s secret miso, garlic oil, lean slices of pork, black fungus, soybean sprouts, and scallions.”
Red bowl? Check. The ingredients? Check. We’ve heard, though this is still yet to be confirmed, that Ippudo is being brought in by the Yabu Group.
Metro Manila, say hello to your newest ramen hotspot.