tasty nom nom an exception to the daily meal


Slight obession


Hi J - Many years ago, my friend W introduced me to to Santa Ramen in San Mateo, Before then, I only knew ramen as those instant noodle packages from the store. So when I saw this thread on chow, and found the Coming Soon sign on 148th Ave, I knew we would go to ramen at our next eating out opportunity. According to chow, Kukai Ramen & Izakaya is a chain, and a pretty good one. I am glad they chose a location that is convenient for us!

The wait was not too bad for a Saturday night. Even thought I was starving by the time we were seated, I was determined not to over order. I was a little worried after the waiter said they do not have green tea, they have Oolong tea. What's up with that? and over brewed too. Sad.

We started with some agedashi tufo, karaage and gyoza. The agedashi tofu was a little better than average, but not exceptional. The karaage was ok. The gyoza was nice and crispy. Although my basis for comparison for karaage is high, I expected an izakaya to have kick-ass karaage.

I ordered the Shoyu Ramen, and added seaweed, instead of the extra egg. I had a feeling based on how G eyed and asked 'what kind of egg is that?" when he saw the menu that I may have an extra egg coming (yes!). I was so excited about my ramen I forgot what everyone else ordered. Oops.

Untitledegg, yum

The noodle was well cooked, the broth tasty, and the half boil egg was rich and yummy. With the exception of the feeling robbed on the $1.50 seaweed, it was good value for good comfort food. No fine dinning here.

Ramen!J's Yuzu Shio, with extra bean sprouts

I was very full, but when you mentioned there is a menchies! next door, I gladly made room for froyo.

froyoJ's - with mochi, strawberry boba, coconut, mini dark choc chips,
a marachino cherry, and pistachio froyo

I agree the make your own size and pick your topping is pretty awesome. I always want a little (or a lot), but never whatever predetermined size they offered.  I have to confess I did not like the strawberry boba you got. It reminded me of cough syrup.

After ramen and froyo, we managed a game of Settlers of Catan. I was totally blocked in with no chance in the world of winning.

UntitledN won

Thank you for going to Kukai with us. I like ramen, a lot. Let me know when you are ready to go again, I want to eat through the menu, especially takoyaki.

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