Ken Ken Ramen

Yes We Ken

Ramen and Sake in the Mission

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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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