Glendale: Birdbath Sized Bowls at Kanpai Ramen

karaage

karaage

 

I’ve been hearing about Kanpai Ramen in Glendale for a while now. Perhaps best known for their tomato ramen, they also feature a bowl with American cheese. I wasn’t quite brave enough to go full on cheese head in there so I opted for the AKA pork ramen.

We started with the fried chicken appetizer. I’m glad we got the small portion even though I was really into the idea of all the fried chicken then some sense got a hold of me. A small portion is plenty for two people.

seafood ramen

seafood ramen

 

I was pretty torn up about not ordering the seafood ramen until I heard how spicy it was. I love spicy food but only medium spicy which translate to barely spicy at some spots. My eventual bowl of noodles wasn’t marked as spicy and it came out to be tolerable spicy for me so be sure to ask your server.

I did love that it had so much seafood- like half a crab! So I might even bring milk with me just so I can try it. Or I suppose I could order a side of cheese.

AKA pork ramen

AKA pork ramen

 

The AKA pork ramen has a tonkotsu base with red miso. Like the seafood ramen, it came in this birdbath sized bowl. I ate that ramen for four meals! It just had crazy amounts of soup and ground pork. Actually, the pork wasn’t too finely ground so I would call it chunks of pork instead. I also loved the tamago egg as well as the seasoned hard boiled egg.

It was very satisfying and already I’m thinking about getting it the next time I’m in Glendale. Although I should probably consider one of the many other bowls. Plus they have sushi to try. I also hear they’re building out a poke salad bar.

Kanpai Ramen, good on ya for traveling the line between traditional ramen soups and the funky, glorious fusion bowls.

Kanpai Ramen

1023 E Colorado St., Ste D-1, Glendale, CA 91205
 
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