Ippudo Ramen

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Ippudo Ramen signage

Ippudo Ramen signage

Ramen ramen ramen. I love my ramen. Tokyo Disney Resort has a few places that serve up this noodly delight. Noticed that I just created a new word? Noodly. Nice.

So far, the best place to slurp up is at China Voyager in Tokyo Disneyland. China Voyager serves up ramen in different types of soup. They've got Soy Soup, Spicy Miso Soup and Pork Soup. So, how does Ippudo Ramen compare to China Voyager?

Ippudo Ramen store

Ippudo Ramen store

First off, Ippudo Ramen is located in Ikspiari. Unlike China Voyager, it specializes in Tonkotsu ramen. Tonkotsu ramen usually has a cloudy white colored broth as it is made from boiling pork bones. My favorite type of ramen. This is what I'd like to call heart attack food. Most of my favorite types of food are heart attack food. What do I mean by heart attack food? Well, let's just say that if I eat this everyday, I am pretty sure that I can predict the way I die. 

Most of the seating in Ippudo Ramen is designed to have you finish your noodles as quick as possible and leave. That's how most ramen stores in Japan are designed. It's seen as fast food here in The Land of The Rising Sun. Ippudo Ramen in Ikspiari has a few tables, but most of the seating is bar counter style. 

Ippudo Ramen seating arrangement

Ippudo Ramen seating arrangement

There are 3 different types of Tonkotsu ramen that are being served in Ippudo Ramen. They have Shiromaru, Akamaru and Ippudo Karakamen. Shiromaru is authentic Tonkotsu ramen. Akamaru has a thicker soup base plus Ippudo Ramen's original spicy oil. Ippudo Karakamen is Shiromaru plus spicy miso minced meat.

Shiromaru: 780 yen for a basic bowl (leek, sliced mushrooms and bean sprouts)                    860 yen for a basic bowl with an egg                    980 yen for a basic bowl with char siew                    980 yen for the special (basic bowl plus char siew, an egg and seaweed)

Shiromaru: 780 yen for a basic bowl (leek, sliced mushrooms and bean sprouts)

                   860 yen for a basic bowl with an egg

                   980 yen for a basic bowl with char siew

                   980 yen for the special (basic bowl plus char siew, an egg and seaweed)

Akamaru: 830 yen for a basic bowl (leek, sliced mushrooms and bean sprouts)                  910 yen for a basic bowl with an egg                  1030 yen for a basic bowl with char siew                  1030 yen for the special (basic bowl plus char siew, an egg and seaweed)              

Akamaru: 830 yen for a basic bowl (leek, sliced mushrooms and bean sprouts)

                 910 yen for a basic bowl with an egg

                 1030 yen for a basic bowl with char siew

                 1030 yen for the special (basic bowl plus char siew, an egg and seaweed)              

Ippudo Karakamen

Ippudo Karakamen

Side dishes

Side dishes

On this visit, I tried the Shiromaru and the Akamaru. On my previous visit to an Ippudo Ramen close to my place, I had the Ippudo Karakamen. My favorite one is the Ippudo Karakamen. I am a sucker for spicy food, so that suits my palate best. Akamaru is next in line when it comes to the level of spiciness and Shiomaru is not spicy at all. There's something for everyone at Ippudo Ramen. Come on down!

Shiromaru

Shiromaru

Akamaru

Akamaru

So, how does Ippudo Ramen compare to China Voyager? In terms of atmosphere and being able to pick from different types of ramen, China Voyager takes the cake. In terms of price, portion and taste, Ippudo Ramen wins the fight by split decision. I recommend that you try both of them. I'm sorry, but I just can't choose. I love them both. It's like asking me, "Hayatt, who do you love more, your son or your daughter?" That's just not fair! Ok, I'll pick the one that is closer to me in proximity when I am hungry. There! Happy?!

Honorable Rating: Mmm, This Is Good (4/5)

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