Ilhan and I freaking LOVE RAMEN. We could honestly eat it for dinner every night, but sadly we don’t :[ But even though we can’t indulge every single night, we definitely eat it at least once every few weeks. That being said, we do try to change it up a little and try new ramen joint every time we go out for it…until we found Kopan Ramen in Fullerton, Orange County. We have been back twice since the initial visit! IT IS THAT GOOD.
To start out, we really liked the area where the restaurant is located; it’s on a lovely little street less than a mile off the freeway and the fact that there are other bustling restaurants neighboring it enhances the vibe of the area. Parking has never been a problem for us and the place is easy to find. Stepping inside, it has Japanese-y decor with a modern feel, not kitschy by any means, and there are several large windows letting in plenty of natural light. We also were huge fans of how private the tables felt…even though there wasn’t anything blocking us from the next one, they’re spaced out enough that you aren’t back to back.
So on to the food. We ordered:
Fatty Pork Ramen
Chicken Breast Ramen
Green Tea Ice Cream
Plus 2 Sapporo because they had a special where you can get a $2 beer with a ramen :]
The gyoza was delicious, well-seasoned and not soggy. We ordered them again the next time we went! The only problem was they were served at the same time as the ramen. A pet peeve of mine is when appetizers are brought out at the same time as the main course, especially when you’re eating something carby and get full fast. Ilhan and I kinda struggled to finish all of the gyoza, which was sad because it was yummy :[
But we had to save room for the ramen! YOU GUYS. I constantly think about it to this day. They boil their broth for sixteen hours for richness taste…and it is clearly worth the effort. It was beyond flavorful and I just CAN’T TELL YOU how amazingly creamy the broth was! Packed with flavor, perfectly cloudy and smooth and rich…I died. The noodles were firm (exactly how I like them), the egg was perfect, and the meat in each of our dishes was tender and flavorful. Also we were both really happy with the fact that you could choose a spiciness level (I got level 2, he got level 3).
Even though we were super full of carbs we still wanted to get dessert teehee. The green tea ice cream was delish and refreshing, not too sweet or overwhelming.
So the final verdict? One of the best ramen experiences ever and as I said, we’ve been back since then! THE BROTH IS SO CREAMY. My mouth is seriously watering just thinking about it. If you’re in Orange County I highly highly highly recommend stopping by (it’s only fifteen minutes away from Disneyland!)!