Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hong Kong - Noodle House Ippei-An 麵屋一平安

4 hours of intense tennis later, my legs are feeling like lead.  I rush to get off the court so I can meet my buddy S who's in town for a weekend of intense Pilates instruction.  Staying in a TST hotel, we decided to meet at the Miramar Shopping Centre, renovated recently to reveal a little freshness and more to offer in F&B.  I had read about Noodle House Ippei An and decided to see if it was possible to grab a comforting bowl of noodles.

At quarter to 10 in the evening, our wait was about 5 minutes, which I'm told isn't too bad.  After much deliberation, we settled on the house specials.  

The Nagasaki Ramen (長崎拉麵) can feed 2 hungry people easily especially if you order sides.  The other choice which we passed on was the Higomonzu Ramen.  This is the ever popular pork bone based soup stock which is full of flavour and served generally with well stewed pork and liquid-centred coddled eggs.

Back to Nagasaki - which lived up to our server's description of a very rich and flavourful stock, but with hardly a trace of grease.  You can drink up without any guilt here.  The well balanced toppings of pork slivers, white-neck clams, squids, Japanese fish cake and a farmer's field of cabbage, chives and mushrooms made for a hearty but healthy supper.  My only complaint was that the noodles weren't as springily al dente as I usually like them but I suppose we could have made that request upfront.

Our starter the Ippei-An salad (一平安沙律), chock full of garden greens, topped with corn, Japanese crab stick, roe and a side of mash, was delightfully chilled and fresh.  Wonderful appetiser.  

A nice casual joint, set like a bar rahter than a noodle house with very soft down lighting to enjoy a ramen fix.  I had a quick glance but the rather big sake/shochu menu keeps it interesting too.

Shop 11, 2/F
Miramar Shopping Centre
132 Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2375 5330

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