Kopan Ramen has almost 1,700 reviews on Yelp with 4 stars rating.
We were very much looking forward to try this place.
Unfortunately, this ramen place didn’t do it for us.
It was Monday night, and the restaurant was completely full with tons of people waiting.
The wait wasn’t too bad since turn around time per table is pretty quick.
We were seated in about 15 minutes.
First you pick the size of the ramen. Small is $8, and regular is $10.
Then you pick how spicy you want the broth to be.
Next you choose the meat from 3 options: chashu, fatty pork or chicken.
Finally you can add extra toppings for additional cost.
We both got the regular size with spicy broth and chashu.
The ramen came with green onion and seaweed.
They didn’t put the chashu on top of the ramen, but immersed it in the noodle.
You get 2 thin slices with the order. It was tender and fatty. We liked the chashu.
The noodle was thin and al dante. No complaint there, either.
But the broth… It tastes ok initially. It was rich and creamy.
Then the more you taste it, the more you feel there’s lack of depth and true flavor.
It feels like all the flavor comes from heavy salt, sugar, and MSG.
We were both very very thirsty after eating the ramen.
We ordered 2 extra toppings: Chashu and red ginger.
For $2 extra, you get 3 extra pieces of chashu.
We also ordered a sesame chicken.
The chicken pieces were tiny. It was like little cubes of dry chicken.
It just didn’t feel right. It’s like they gave us all the leftover chicken scraps.
We sent the sesame chicken back to the kitchen.
The new plate was much better. But their sesame chicken was just ok.
The best thing we had that night was Dr. P’s Saporo draft beer.
We know a lot of people like Kopan Ramen, but it’s not for us.
(Wow… my tummy looks sooooooooooo big! 36 weeks!!)