The Ken Ken Ramen pop-up guys, who had an unfortunate exodus from Panchita's 3 back in September, are back -- albeit in beta-launch phase. They'll be churning forth the ramen at The Corner tomorrow on 18th and Mission when it reopens after the previously mentioned hood repair break. Their last ramen chef Kenji Miyazakihe is taking a break from the scene, so the original team has found his replacement in Taka Hori, a sushi chef from Rocketfish who also hails from the very town in Southern Japan where tonkatsu ramen originated.
This time around, Ken Ken will be offering three types of ramen for $11: shoyu, miso and shio. All of them have a thick, traditional-style cut of chasu (pork), fish cake, soft-boiled egg, forest bamboo shoots, nori and other green veggies. Two ice creams will also be offered, favorites from the previous run at Panchitas: sweet Hawaiian coconut and purple yam. Hours tomorrow shall be 5:30 p.m. until they run out and thankfully lots of beer and wine will be on hand should you have to wait. Take note that The Corner's regular menu will not be served tomorrow and the future with all that remains unclear. Ken Ken plans to continue popping up at The Corner on Thursdays going forward, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But the best way to be assured of their whereabouts is, of course, the Twitter.
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