Coco's Ramen

There are many crazes that I have witnessed sweep across San Francisco: cupcakes, $5 toast, and 1-hr long lines for ice cream (just to name a few). While I do my best to avoid most of these crazes, ramen is one trend that can happily get full-heartedly behind. When my dear friend and fellow foodie guru asked me if I wanted to check out a ramen shop across the street from my favorite dive on the outer mission, I made sure to clear my schedule. 

The vast majority of ramen's are pork-based, so finding a vegetarian ramen that also tastes great is a real treat. At Coco's Ramen, the vegetarian ramen even has a vegan base with a selection of veggies to add to the bowl. Nothing is more satisfying than slurping noodles from a steaming bowl of ramen; Coco's veggie ramen is no exception. We tasted a chilled sake which had a tasting note of  banana fosters. The appetizers here are also worth trying. Two noteworthy appetizers that we shared are the whole grilled squid and the deep fried kabocha squash ball, that has a perfectly runny egg cooked inside. It might be the most expensive squash you will ever buy, but also one of the tastiest.

Sake time!

Sake time!

Tonkotsu Ramen: tonkotsu base with with spice, black garlic, and a good amount of heat

Tonkotsu Ramen: tonkotsu base with with spice, black garlic, and a good amount of heat

Veggie Ramen: Vegan broth topped with tofu, bean sprouts, cabbage and egg

Veggie Ramen: Vegan broth topped with tofu, bean sprouts, cabbage and egg

Whole grilled squid with spicy mayo sauce

Whole grilled squid with spicy mayo sauce

Fried kabocha squash with custard egg- view from above

Fried kabocha squash with custard egg- view from above

Fried kabocha squash with custard egg -view from inside

Fried kabocha squash with custard egg -view from inside