Ken Ken Ramen

Yes We Ken

Ramen and Sake in the Mission

In light of the festivities this week and next—and for the next five weeks after that—you’re going to need a little help.

Or, at the very least, a time-honored, secret Japanese hangover remedy.

Okay, it’s just ramen.

Still, steady access is key.

Welcome Ken Ken Ramen, your new permanent ramen outpost for steaming bowls of Japan’s national cure-all, opening Sunday on 18th Street.

You may have seen these guys popping up around the Mission and building up a little cult following (you have the slow-cooked egg in the double cha-shu miso ramen to thank for that). But now, you’ll be able to duck into this rustic den on the regular and order up sake-fueled hair of the dog.

As with their former pop-up, you’ll look out for the hanging red lantern out front and head inside. Make your way toward the main bar marked by a big sake barrel under a thatched roof awning—and keep going.

Instead, you’ll want to take over two spots at the ramen bar overlooking the kitchen, where you’ll sit sushi-bar-style and watch them prepare your soup. The menu covers both sides of the spectrum—from the slow-cooked Holy Grail of ramen, the tonkotsu, made with pork super-broth, to a completely vegan option made with Japanese yams.

We’ll take a wild guess as to your side.

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