Who doesn’t love Japan & Ramen? I bet everybody does! In this Open Rice Indonesia gathering session, all the food bloggers/instagramers/lovers are all excited to go to Ippudo Indonesia at Pacific Place. It’s really easy to be found! Just go to the 4th floor via escalator, turn to your right, and there you are! Just in front of Ippudo ;)
An attentive waiter will greet you, ask how many persons, and escort you smoothly into the seat. Don’t be surprise, even though the place is big, sometimes you might catch a queue – yes, it’s super crowded! –, especially in lunch / dinner time! Relax; even if you need to wait, there are comfortable seats next to the reception.
When I arrived, Ippudo Indonesia, Open Rice and the others greet me. They are super friendly and I feel like I’ve been their best friend for a long time! I put down all my stuffs, and take out my gear – a camera! –
The first time after you step into Ippudo Indonesia’s restaurant, you will immediately feel like you are in Japan! The super loud greeting from Ippudo Indonesia’s team "いらっしゃいませ!!" (Irasshaimase!!) is going to drag your mind over from Pacific Place to Japan. In addition, the ornaments, the furnitures, the kitchen sets, the employee uniforms, the arrangement of the kitchen area, everything is representing Japan as their main theme – and food!
As I look around, I realize how smart they arrange the seating position. They have the super big round table if you’re more than 6 people, a regular table that fit for family up to 4 people, table for couple even a kinda private / exclusive room. Super smart, right? You don’t need to get confused with the seating arrangement at all.
Ah, not to forget, for you who’s SINGLE a.k.a Jomblo (Maklum ya, jomblo terkadang terlupakan #eh) there’s a seating arrangement special for one person, like the one in a bar, in front of their kitchen. At least, you won’t feel alone because you can face the kitchen member, together with other single person around you.
That single seating arrangement truly reminds me of Japan. FYI, in Japan the land is limited so they need to build a building, restaurants included, as minimum as they can. That’s why you can found a lot of Japanese restaurants in Japan with single seating arrangement like this one, to save place. Plus, a lot of Japanese people eat alone, especially employee and businessmen/woman.
Yep, let’s get back into our gathering session! To stretch out, Ippudo Indonesia and Open Rice serve the appetizers for us to shoot. Relax, of course we are not here only to take pictures, but taste it afterwards! How nice of Ippudo Indonesia and Open Rice, because we don’t have to share those tempting appetizer. Yes, we get a personal platter for each appetizer! *Horray!!*
Deep-Fried Squid with Nori
To eat this appetizer, don’t forget to squeeze the Lemon all over the squid to give more enchanting taste, and dip it into mayonnaise sauce. As the name implies, deep fried, its crunchy, a bit oily, and super yummy! A perfect finger food to share while gossiping!
Hot Potato Salad
This one is like a baked potato and full of vegetables. Well, as I’m a true carnivore and doesn’t fancy vegetables, this one is not my favorite. Plus, they have a lot of onion inside. I can’t eat a lot of onion because it has a very strong taste and its like explode in my mouth. If you follow my blogposts, I can’t stand herbs / ingredients with strong taste. However, I must say that the baked potato itself is very smooth and tasty. I love the baked potato, apart
from all the vegetables and onion. It might be nice if we can request a pure baked potato without the salad.
Well, who said only chicken that can be made as a delicious Katsu? You’re totally wrong bro! Contains half pork meat and half pork fat, this deep fried katsu has a very crunchy texture outside. In your very first bite, you’ll be surprised to taste how crunchy it is. In contrast, the pork meat is super tender – the pork fat is kinda chewy, though – . So you got two different sensations in one bite! I think this one has become my number 1 favorite Katsu! Don’t forget to dip it into the sauce!
HOW TO EAT RAMEN – WELL, YOU EAT IT WRONG, ALL THIS TIME!
After socializing and eating our scrumptious appetizer, ci Amanda – from Ippudo – give each of us a leaflet about how to eat ramen. You know what? All this time, we eat Ramen in a wrong way! This is the three steps on how to eat your Ramen – “Zuzutto!” –
First, sip the warm, rich soup. So you can taste the well prepared broth from the chef.
After you got the rich sensation, with the chopsticks, pick up few strands, and “sluurrpppp” or “zuzutto!” (Japanese language for slurp)
Don’t forget to enjoy your ramen toppings!
Congratulations, you’ve got a complete ramen-eating experienced!
If I can correct it, I think Indonesian – especially us, bloggers – have four steps, even more, in eating Ramen. Nice guess guys! The first step is taking pictures of the ramen! Not to forget, check – in, upload photo in socmed, show off the ramen to other friends, and so on, and so on. LOL!
As I told you seconds ago, when the Kakuni was served by the Ippudo Indonesia’s crew, all
of us start to take picture of it. Even Miyazaki Hideki, the Japanese R&D Manager of Ippudo’s Asia got surprise with our “tradition” and said to us that we should eat the Ramen real fast before the soup gets cold. Ci Amanda told him that’s what we do regularly, and we all laugh. Well, I think Miyazaki Hideki–san still couldn’t get it, hahaha!
Surprise surprise, Miyazaki Hideki-san voluntarily pose the hands in frame style so that we can take picture of the beautifully cook, thick-cut pork belly! Thank you & it was a very nice of you!
Basically, all the Kakuni’s has the same portion and topping (pork belly). The only difference between all of them is the broth.
I pick the lightest broth, which is Shiromaru Kakuni, with well-done (normal) cook noodle. For you who can’t stand strong ingredients (i.e onion, ginger, others) like me, this is absolutely the best choice! It’s served in a huge white bowl. I love the overall combination! The rich soup, the thin slurpy noodle, even the mushroom! And WOW…look at this pork belly!! Perfectly cut in square, with a big & thick portion, along with the combination of the yummy fat, and easy to chew meat, oh my, I could enjoy this pork belly all day long. Even when I’m writing this review, I still could taste it in my throat!
I also tried the broth of Kamaru Kakuni. For me, it has a super strong, especially garlic, taste. So yes, thank God I don’t order this one, hahaha! Other foodies that order this Kakuni feel really satisfied with the taste! Well, everyone does have a different taste, and it’s really important for you to pick the ones that match with yours!
This Kakuni has the strongest, thickest broth and the hottest chilli among all. When I take a sip of the thick soup, yes, this one is super strong and super rich. Maybe I could recommend this one to my dad, since he loves eating a strong-taste dish.
In addition, if you feel that all of the broth is still not strong enough to match your taste, Ippudo also provides a separate easy – to – press garlic. Just request for it!
Can you spot the additional garlic on the top ?
When you’re reading this, a question might come to your mind.
“How come I never knew about the Kakuni Menus in Ippudo Indonesia?”
Well, get your tummy ready, because this Kakuni Menus will be available in April 2015!
Another pork & ramen dish to die for!
HEY, THEY ALSO HAVE BEEF ! ;)
For you who doesn't eat or like pork and wondering whether you can eat here or not, well don't worry, because you can!! Ippudo Indonesia also serve beef in their menu.
Served when it's still hot, I recommend you to take pictures in a blitz, and directly mix it all together because if it gets cold, it can't be mixed properly. Not only the ramen taste rich, this beef teppanyaki is also flavourful! Uh-oh, I think I start to forget my diet!
Soon, for Ramen lovers, they will innovate launch a new Chicken Ramen! Just wait and see, okay?
Ippudo's team truly have fun and enjoying their work!!
With our fully satisfied tummy, the Open Rice x Ippudo Indonesia gathering comes to its end. Ippudo Indonesia gives each of us a goody bag as souvenir. Thank you again!! I love that you also aware of Global Warming and support Go Green movement!
Thank you and I hope to see you all again real soon, Ippudo Indonesia, Open Rice, and
kushi katsu,deep fried squid with nori,shiromaru kakuni
Date of Visit: Mar 29, 2015 Other Ratings:
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