On a cold day, we walked to Westfield Sydney and joined the long queue outside Ippudo, in search for some warm and toasty ramen!

To start off, we absolutely had to try the famous pork buns, which did not disappoint! The steamed bun was smooth and light, and very sweet, which was complemented by the slightly spiced braised pork and sweet Ippudo original sauce. It was a great appetiser and I could have easily had a few more!

My pick was the Shiromaru Motoaji, which had tonkotsu broth, thin noodles, pork loin, bean sprouts, black mushroom and shallots. I also ordered it with Tamago, or flavoured egg. It was not spicy at all, and so flavoursome, with the thin, pork based broth soaked up in the tender noodles! The egg was also delicious, and when I soaked it in the ramen broth, the runny yolk tasted fantastic with the hot ramen soup. The pork was tender and there was a good quantity as well, so it was a great sharing dish.

My mum ordered the Bakuretsu Tofu, which was very spicy, and comprised of tofu and minced pork that came out in a sizzling pot! The tofu was silky and flavoursome and the pork tender, but the one thing that we would’ve changed was to have soft noodles rather than the small crispy ones that were included in the dish.

Upon entering the restaurant, you’re greeted with Japanese phrases and led to your table, which creates a lovely and hospitable atmosphere! Boxes are provided for coats and handbags, which is great, and service was very fast, with friendly staff who assist with menu choices. The decor is very open and it’s always fascinating to see the staff cooking as the kitchen is visible as well!

For an amazing Japanese cultural dining experience, head to Ippudo and brave the lunchtime rush for their ramen, entrees and of course, the amazing pork buns!

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