Bianca: It was a chilly Thursday eve when Madre and I made a beeline for Ippudo in the city CBD. This was our second visit, the first being for mum’s birthday last year. Now it’s become somewhat of a celebratory place/meal. I bought a bra in David Jones earlier…..so I guess we were celebrating that?
No meal at Ippudo should be without their famous ‘Pork Buns’ – steamed buns with braised pork and ippudo original sauce. $4 each. These were a bit of a let-down this time around, the pork was dry and slightly rubbery. Nothing like the pillowy, soft, melt in your mouth pork last time. Very disappointing, not to mention they were a little rough around the edges and quite fugly but I’m always amused by the token lettuce slice. We also shared one ‘Ippudo Shrimp Bun’ – A steamed bun with deep fried shrimp and Ippudo’s original sauce. Each bite was virtually an explosion of flavours, with the crunchy fried prawns contrasting so nicely against the bun.
We like to keep things simple because we’re fairly new to the ramen scene. Once I’m on to a good thing it’s hard for me to change it up. I HATE change. So I stuck with my favourite, the ‘Karaka Men Chashu’ – With the original Ippudo Tonkotsu broth with spicy miso and ground pork. $22. I opted for the chashu because, hey, more pork. I’m no ramen expert so it’s a little hard for me to describe flavours but I loved the punchiness of the spicy miso, slurping away with the rest of the restaurant I couldn’t help but get slightly teary eyed. From the chilli, I swear.
Mum decided to change it up, moving away from the Karaka Men went with the ‘Tori Shoyu Chashu’ –with chicken, menma, leeks, Naruto and nori. $20. The chicken was deliciously moist, the broth itself was rather subtle – with gentle background flavours.
Ippudo’s my general go to for a quick, heart-warming (pricey) bowl of ramen.
So after dinner I spent a good few minutes steering madre away from Becasse Bakery namely the enchanting sweets on display. Lo and behold where do we then find ourselves standing…? Just in front of ‘Yogurt World’. I never got swept up in the frozen yogurt scene, I like my ice-cream too much. We ummed and ahhhed, then saw the Nutella flavour. SOLD! We each grabbed a cup and went nuts. I got a combination of apple pie, Nutella, salted caramel and chocolate. With a ridiculous amount of toppings the colour of the rainbow. And what did this concoction cost me? $10+. Great flavours, toppings were fresh, the fit out was trendy and young (I sound like a Nanna) but ultimately very very pricey.
We then made the slow slow trek with a belly full of ramen and frozen yogurt back to my car in Surry Hills.