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Kopen Ramen 2 And Tofu House Combines Japanese And Korean Favorites

Kopan Ramen 2 recently renovated its Downtown Burbank restaurant and added organic tofu soup options and a selection of Korean favorites for a new concept and name, Kopan Ramen 2 and Tofu House.

The restaurant is divided into two sides – one side is exclusively for ramen and the original Kopan Ramen 2 menu. Patrons who wish to order from the Tofu House menu are seated on the other side, but the entire menu, including ramen, is also available in the Tofu House seating area.

Medium spicy seafood tofu soup. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Medium spicy seafood tofu soup. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

While we have reviewed the dishes from Kopan Ramen 2 in the past, we had to try out the new Tofu House menu. We did order the requisite chashu pork ramen, which was tasty and delicious, as usual.

Our server brought out a selection of Korean side dishes and a dish of raw eggs, still in the shell, after we ordered some tofu soups.  We tried beef tofu, vegetable tofu and seafood tofu soups, mild and medium spicy.

Sizzling Bulgogi BBQ beef. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Sizzling Bulgogi BBQ beef. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We all enjoyed the tofu soups – they were perfect for a cool and blustery day. The medium spicy was not that spicy, but the seafood broth was typically Asian style – most pieces still in the shell, with shrimp heads and not a lot of meat. Great flavor though.

When the server brings the tofu soup, diners are warned to not touch the bowl – it is boiling hot and the stone bowl continues to hold the heat for several minutes. This is the time when one cracks open the raw egg into the soup, which is nicely cooked by the time the soup cools enough to eat.

A side of seaweed cucumber salad was a refreshing palate cleanser, although the seaweed seemed just a bit too sweet this time around.

Seaweed and cucumber salad. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Seaweed and cucumber salad. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We also tried the Bulgogi/Beef BBQ plate with a side of steamed rice. The dish came out sizzling and was piled high with deliciously marinated grilled beef.

Kopan Ramen 2 and Tofu House add some dimension to the restaurant offerings in Downtown Burbank. We enjoyed our meal. The restaurant and bathrooms were clean and the servers attentive. We’ll stop back again for more ramen, bulgogi and tofu soup.

Restaurant Info: Kopan Ramen and Tofu House is located at 220 N. San Fernando, Burbank, CA 91502 . 818-845-0187. Kopan Ramen and Tofu House is open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Kopan Ramen and Tofu House receives: On The Marquee

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)

Kopan Ramen Serves Delicious Noodles And Japanese Sides In Burbank

Since opening in January, Downtown Burbank’s Kopan Ramen 2 has been steadily serving its delicious Japanese noodles and plates to a growing clientele of devotees. The Burbank noodle shop offers a simple but satisfying menu of ramen and Japanese sides.

The Burbank location of Kopan Ramen is the second location of the Fullerton-based Izakaya Kopan. Located in the large open-aired space that had previously housed a branch of Little Tokyo’s Orochon, Kopan Ramen offers one basic broth flavor for ramen orders.

Bowls of ramen surround seafood gyoza, cucumber salad and seaweed salad. Soup additions of soft-boiled eggs and mushrooms dot the table. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Bowls of ramen surround seafood gyoza, cucumber salad and seaweed salad. Soup additions of soft-boiled eggs and mushrooms dot the table. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

To that broth and ramen, one may add Chashu (pork belly), Fatty Pork, Chicken Breast or Vegetables. A host of additional toppings are available for the noodle bowl, including additional portions of the meats, cheese, soft-boiled egg, crunch onion and garlic, bamboo, corn, green onion, red ginger, wood ear or shitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, spinach, seaweed and tofu.

The sides are very tasty as well. The seafood gyoza were light and full of flavor, while the fresh seaweed salad was lightly sweet and tangy. The wafer-thin sliced cucumber salad with a mild dressing was an excellent refresher and palate cleanser.

Cucumber salad and seaweed salad are excellent sides at Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Cucumber salad and seaweed salad are excellent sides at Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Our server mentioned the soft shell crab side is very popular – the crab is lightly deep-fried and split in half. Kopan Ramen also serves our favorite breaded and fried octopus treat – takoyaki – a little ball of flavor and crunch that is always a fun complement to a meal and excellent as a snack on its own.

Izakaya generally means a bar that serves some food to go along with its drinks, and Kopan Ramen has plenty of options for those who would like a little something to eat along with their beer or cocktail. The restaurant also stands up excellently for satisfying lunches and dinners.

Chashu Spicy Ramen with wood ear mushrooms at Burbank's Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Chashu Spicy Ramen with wood ear mushrooms at Burbank’s Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The ramen bowls are available in two sizes and four spices levels – none, mild, spicy and super spicy. Kopan Ramen also provides sriracha and its own homemade spicy sauce on the table to kick up the heat level as needed.

Our recent dinner at Kopan Ramen was terrific. While our server wasn’t extremely knowledgeable about some of the dish preparations, he was super friendly and helpful. The restaurant was steadily busy but with ample seating available for walk-ins, on a weeknight in Burbank.

Chicken Breast Ramen with shitake mushrooms at Burbank's Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Chicken Breast Ramen with shitake mushrooms at Burbank’s Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Everything we ordered was fresh and extremely flavorful, filling but not too heavy. I found the heat level on the #2 spicy ramen to be perfect, enough to provide some kick but not too overpowering.

Others at the table ordered no spice bowls and then added the amount of Kopan red pepper paste they desired. The soft-boiled eggs were creamy and the ideal complement to the warmth and flavor of the broth. Both the pork and chicken were extremely tender.

Kopan Ramen 2 in Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Kopan Ramen 2 in Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

While we still hold Totto Ramen in New York City and Daikokyu Ramen in Downtown Los Angeles as our favorite noodle spots, Burbank’s Kopan Ramen is a solid choice for an enjoyable and delicious bite to eat. We look forward to our next bowls of noodles and trying out more side dishes at Kopan Ramen soon.

Restaurant Info: Kopan Ramen 2 is located at 220 N. San Fernando, Burbank, CA 91502 . 818-845-0187. Kopan Ramen 2 is open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Kopan Ramen 2 receives: On The Marquee

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)