Ramen Week Day 2: Kopan Ramen
Kopan Ramen is a successful Ramen place with 9 locations throughout Southern California, ranging from Encino down to Fullerton. Their broth is the Tonkatsu broth (the creamy pork bone broth) and they too have a veggie/vegan broth available.
We visited the Fullerton location on a freezing weeknight and it was about a 10 minute wait. Well…freezing for us Californians which is 40 degrees-ish.
Their menu was fun. They had 3 Kopan signature ramens, and then they had a build your own ramen where you choose your own size ($8 or $12), then your spice level from non-spicy to super-spicy, onto your protein (two types of pork or chicken), and then finally your optional toppings (they have about 15 different offerings from meats, to veggies, to seasonings…roughly about a $1 each).
We decided to go for their signature ramens priced at $12.50 each. “A” got the Kopan Black Ramen = Pork Broth, Chashu Pork, Bean Sprouts, Bamboo Shoots, Kikurage Mushroom, Corn, Green Onion, Dried Seaweed, Black Garlic Oil and that soft-boiled seasoned egg that is so yummms!
“J” got the Kopan Red Ramen which is the exact same thing except that instead of the black garlic oil, his came with Spicy Miso, though we didn’t think there was any spice at all.
They had fun side dishes so we thought we’d try some: We ordered the squid legs which came with a light salad and it seemed like basic tartar sauce.
And of course Croquettes. Japanese/Korean croquettes (called ko-ro-kay) are really delicious. We wanted the curry one but they were sold out for the night so we went with the Veggie one. The veggie korokays are basically a flavorful mashed potato and other veggie medley coated and crisply fried! It was $5 and we were shocked that it came out with 5 pieces, definitely worth the price, though I think it would’ve been fun to make an unique sauce instead of ketchup but still so scrumptious!
They also offered a lot of other fun side items including what a lot of ramen houses seem to offer: takoyaki which we are totally addicted to See our attempt at making Takoyaki ourselves!, but decided to try something different by getting the croquettes. (Menu Image from their website KopanRamen.com)
We always like ordering Cold green tea at Asian places that offer it, we’ve been trying to figure out what it would be called so we could buy it ourselves. It’s a cloudy drink, almost feels slightly gritty, and definitely a matcha but not sweet. We’re guessing Instant Matcha?
If you’re craving ramen, Kopan Ramen is a pretty safe bet. All of their 9 locations are a 4 or 4.5 star rating on Yelp, and the one we went to had a friendly staff. And with this crazy weather maybe noodle soup is just what the belly ordered!
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