Ikkudo Ichi – Jakarta

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Ikkudo Ichi is one of the most highly regarded ramen shops in Jakarta. This despite there being an Ippudo ramen in town.

The restaurant is located within the Grand Indonesian Mall.

The ramen is fairly large compared to what you would find in most ramen shops in Tokyo. In addition to regular tables, there are tables that have a small “divider” for the sake of solo diners.

Although Ikkudo does all types of ramen including tonkotsu, shoyu, miso and tsukemen, it appeared that the tonkotsu was their specialty. The waitress told me that tsukemen was their specialty, which seemed an oddity since it a very specific subspecies of ramen that not many places do well.

The broth was opaque, but didn’t have the depth of flavor usually associated with tonkotsu broth. The noodles were on the thinner side and had a decent amount of chew. A brown sauce spread throughout the broth like an oil slick. Although it was supposed to be spicy, it kind of tasted like a chili laden tonkatsu sauce. The kind of chili that leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.

Another thing that stood out was the very sloppy plating. The egg was fairly good but the yolk could have been runnier. The other thing about the hard boiled egg was that it did not peel well, and it looked like rats had taken small bites out of the egg whites.

The tonkotsu at Ikkudo Ichi was average at best. I am not sure how this place is so highly regarded. One of my friends however, asked me where I got my information about this place and said there’s no way it would have been one of the more highly regarded ramen shops.

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