Ken Ramen opened up about a month ago near Triangle Plaza in Costa Mesa and today’s perfect ramen weather! I tried the ramen trifecta: gyoza, fried rice, and the tonkotsu ramen.
The gyoza was really good: perfect texture and a juicy and meaty but not too dense filling. And the fried rice was great. The rice was flavorful and the pork was tender…almost like pulled pork. Good start!
The ramen was also good. The tonkotsu soup was light and flavorful…it’s one of the lighter tonkotsu ramen soups in the area. If you like tonkotsu but don’t like some of the heavier, oilier versions at other ramen shops, you’ll like this version. My only complaint: it wasn’t hot enough.
The noodles were also good, if a tiny bit on the soft side. I wasn’t so crazy about the slighty-sweet menma though. But the chashu was a big surprise. Usually, thick chashu like this (it was probably around 1/4″ thick in parts!) means you’re in for tough times, but Ken Ramen’s chashu was deceptively tender and very delicious.
Ken Ramen’s another welcome entrant to the OC ramen scene!
562 West 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Mon-Sun 11:30 am – 10 pm