In Ippudo, they have created a new trend for themselves by constantly featuring seasonal items for diners to explore. From 6th of July to 30th September you can expect a few items that you should not miss.

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Introducing Marinated Cream Cheese with Crispy Seaweed @ RM 21. It certainly do look tiny but the taste of cheese will amaze you. Filled with salty cream cheese serve with seaweed, leek and wasabi.

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We were thought by the chef on how to eat this dish by taking a slice of seaweed, then place a slice of cream cheese, a bit of leek and wasabi at the end. I must say its a perfect combination as fragrant of cream cheeze mix perfectly well with leek and seaweed that gives the freshness yet creamy end, wasabi gives you the extra punch at the end.

Its a starter that usually alot Japanese pair it with their beer or sake.

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Jumbo Ebi Tempura @ RM 38 – Gold brown and crispy tiger prawn tempura.

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For such a dish in such presentation sure do capture our attention. Ippudo Ocean Roll @ RM 18 – Grilled Salmon rolled up with avocado, crab stick & seaweed serve with fish roe and special teriyaki sauce is one of a recommended dish also.

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Salmon cook to perfection that is soft and inside you will discover difference of flavor from its terikayi sauce, mayo, little busting of fish roe and fresh taste of avocado. Well balance.

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Tokushima Ramen is feature as one of their seasonal menu that will be kicking off on 6th July till 30th September 2015. Usually their seasonal item is one of a item to hunt for as I have miss their last seasonal ramen – Black Spicy Ramen that do leave a good impression to many of us.

This round, Tokushima Ramen is cook with chicken and pork broth mixed together with dark soy sauce to create a rich and savory flavour. Serve with their signature ramen topped with generous slices of pork belly (Butabara) simmered in onion fused soy sauce, green onions (Negi) and bamboo Shoots (Menma). Raw egg top on it to add on the complexity of it.

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This seasonal product is another dish to hunt for as soup base is perfect as it do have little piggy taste and mild chicken taste at the end after taste. We were thought to drink the soup first before the raw egg yolk is being mix into the soup. After mixing the raw egg, it does add on a mild milky taste into it, by enhancing the flavor. (diners can opt not to have the yolk) but the main purpose of this dish is to eat with it as they are using high quality egg.

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Their pork belly slice is something to die for as it is cook to perfection. Rich in flavour from the marination, soft and slightly chewy to my liking.

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Available in all Ippudo Outlets in Bangsar, The Gardens and Pavillion.

Being a fan or ramen, I could not stop by hunting those few favourite ones and since went to Japan and dine one of the best ramen in Japan under Ramen Museum did set the expectation to another level.

Nevertheless, Ippudo ramen had then build its strong hold in Malaysia since the first day they started operate till now.

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This outlet do reflect back what a typical ramen shop do look alike (not those on the street)

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Moving to year 2015, IPPUDO Pavilion’s just launch their NEW Grand Menu from 1st April 2015 onwards as we were the few manage to get a chance to taste it much earlier.

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Both have pretty distinctive taste as I love Matcha Smoothie, solid with green tea taste, smooth enough to my liking and some prefer Yakult Jelly Smoothie as its sour base yet very easy to drink and some jelly for you to chew.

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For something very refreshing then this would be a great new option. Ginger Green Tea with pretty strong fresh ginger taste and I prefer hot, as the taste is more solid.

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Dashimaki is Japanese fluffy egg roll with spicy cod roe is one of the appetizer that I would highly recommend. Its so good that is pretty near the same as I tried in Japan and too bad during this tasting portion we can only have 1 each. Its so soft, and fresh with slightly sweet end Just perfect !

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Spicy Boiled Gyoza is another dish to look out for as its soft, ingredients were pretty generous and dip in their special soy sauce with chili oil.

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A great start with a mouth full as Seared Salmon Roll with Mentaiko is just nice. Flavourful as the top is slightly torch burn and I have the whole plate myself.

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Pork Grill

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If you are a sucker for cheeze + Rice then Teppan Rice with Beef is something that you would not want to miss. Serve with creamy cheesy base that serve in a hot plate and quickly do a mini stir fried in it till the creamy cheese thicken and the rice mix well and the aroma of it will just kill you off. Fried Rice is fried till wok hei and I would juust say its a perfect combination.

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Move to their ramen version, something clear yet solid and original would be their classic Akamaru Shinaji. In clear pork broth and ramen request to be hard to my liking.

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Karaka-men is another version you can consider as its the spicy version. The just add on with spicy paste and some herbs that they have prepare.

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Shiromaru Ramen is another ramen you would want to consider as this version is more different with soup base is different and also served with thick slab of braised pork. Pretty good stuff as its soft, juicy and tender.

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Something that I have learned along the way, Shoyu Ramen or any shoyu base had always been in top of my list to try it out. as there are so many types of shoyu base that make it very interesting yet classic. Love this also as its a pretty simple soup base with classic soy sauce and top with a charsiew pork along.

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For simple food, you might end up with Daifuku

Overall, I am simply impress with Ippudo new menu for 2015 and its certainly worth to try. If I were to ask what are the top 3 items to order, it will be as below:

1) Dashimaki
2) Teppan Rice with Beef
3) Shoyu Ramen or Shiromaru Ramen

Ippudo is available at Pavilion KL (Tel No: +603 21106233),

The Gardens Mall (Tel No: +603 2201 6238)

Bangsar Shopping Centre (+603 2011 6238)

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