Here's the description straight from the menu: "The original tonkotsu soup noodle with Ippudo's special sauce, miso paste and fragrant garlic oil; pork chashu, 1/2 seasoned boiled egg, beansprouts, kikurage & scallions."
Sunshine has picked up my bad habit of wanting to try everything on the menu at a restaurant (which is why I adore tasting menus, tapas and dim sum!). And since the appetizers at Ippudo are very tasty, we always end up getting a few (okay, a bunch). The last time we went, we ordered these hot appetizers (and they all rocked!):
- Bakurtsu Tofu: Spicy tofu and ground pork in a hot pot. This dish is soup-like and comes very hot (as you can tell from the steam). It's one of those dishes that gets better with each bite. We get this appetizer almost every time we dine at Ippudo.
- Shrimp In Mayo Sauce: Shrimp fritters in japanese mayo sauce. I LOVE Kewpie Mayo (it's slightly sweet and a teeny tangy), so anything fried and slathered with Kewpie Mayo is good in my books!
- Kakuni With Onsen Tamago: Braised pork belly with poached egg. If you like pork belly, you will come back for this dish. The pork belly is braised in a sweet soy-based sauce and just melts in your mouth. You can just ignore the poached egg. We do.
- Hirata Chicken Wings: Fried chicken wings in a black pepper sauce. Don't be fooled by the black pepper in the sauce. The sauce is both sweet and spicy. These are really good wings but overpriced at $7 for 3 pieces. Still, we get them because they're really good!