Marukin Ramen Updated Menu

I’ve written about Marukin Ramen before when they first soft opened their SE Ankeny location and talked you through the difference between their ramen offerings. Since then, they have opened their second location at Pine Street Market, they’ve increased the amount of noodles to upside the hearty fullness of their bowls, as the kitchen has gotten more efficient and accurate they now offer more to choose from! Here’s a look at what’s new at Marukin Ramen.
Marukin Ramen Updated Menu Marukin vegan mapo tofu over rice, and the only once a week, 30 bowls limited edition Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi Marukin Ramen Special Ramen, available only once a week at each location and limited to about 30 bowls because of the amount of work required to create it! Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi  Marukin Ramen Updated Menu addition of vegan mapo tofu over rice

As before, Marukin overall offers 10 kinds of ramen total (get my photos and description of them here), with the Tonkotsu Shoyu and Tonkatsu Red always being available and the other 8 rotating every other day so that 4 are available on a Sun Wed Fri schedule and the other 4 available the other days. Note this important trick: really all 10 ramens are always available – the every other day rotation is reverse at the other location, so if you really want a certain ramen besides the Tonkotsu just look up which location has it that day, the SE Ankeny or the Pine Street Market.
Marukin Ramen Paitan Shio with rich chicken broth, sea salt and toppings of spinach, bamboo shoots, kikurage mushrooms leeks, green onion, chashu pork, soft boiled egg Marukin Ramen Tonkotsu Red Ramen with spicy pork bone broth, shoyu with toppings of spinach, kikurage, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, leeks, green onion, chashu pork, soft boiled egg

New Scoop! Breaking News! Marukin Ramen is going to start offering a Secret Special Ramen, available only once a week at each location and limited to about 30 bowls because of the amount of work required to create it! Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi. The ramen will only be announced when it’s available on their social media, so if you don’t follow Marukin Ramen @marukinramen on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook do so now to be in the know.
Marukin Ramen Special Ramen, available only once a week at each location and limited to about 30 bowls because of the amount of work required to create it! Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi Marukin Ramen Special Ramen, available only once a week at each location and limited to about 30 bowls because of the amount of work required to create it! Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi
Their ramen is not available to go since they want to make sure the texture of the noodles and temperature of the broth are perfect – but you can get their newly added donburi, or rice bowls, to eat their or to go at home or at your work desk as applicable. Newly added are a delicious pan fried Jorinji miso pork over rice utilizing local pork and local miso. Though this is the menu now, they may decide to rotate this when the weather warms up – so get over there to get this dish now.
Marukin Ramen Updated Manu includes a new pan fried Jorinji miso pork over rice dish utilizing local pork and local miso Marukin Ramen Updated Manu includes a new pan fried Jorinji miso pork over rice dish utilizing local pork and local miso

Also perfect right now for warming you up is a hearty pork curry with rice dish and a vegan mapo tofu over rice. The pork curry is also available in a small size during their happy hour.
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Meanwhile in the sides section, they’ve changed out the aioli that used to accompany the chicken karaage  (Japanese style fried chicken) with a Japanese style tartar sauce.
Marukin Ramen Updated Menu, Marukin Ramen changed out the aioli that used to accompany the chicken karaage (Japanese style fried chicken) with a Japanese style tartar sauce, dish of light shredded daikon salad with ume plum vinaigrette and nukazuke, or Japanese pickled vegetables "Marukin

In addition there is now a shrimp version of the dish, ebi karaage, a deep fried tiger shrimp karaage with Japanese style tartar sauce.
Marukin Ramen Updated Menu, Ebi Karaage, a deep fried tiger shrimp karaage with Japanese style tartar sauce.

Additionally, for the gyoza, or pot stickers, that had a pork filling, there is also an option now for another kind of gyoza with pork and shrimp filling.
Marukin Ramen Gyoza, pork filled potsticker dumplings "Marukin

A light shredded daikon salad with ume plum vinaigrette and a salmon nanbanzuke, a dish of marinated salmon and pickled vegetables, are also new. Both of these latter dishes are also available on their happy hour menu 3 – 6 PM.
Marukin Ramen side (also available at happy hour) of light shredded daikon salad with ume plum vinaigrette and nukazuke, or Japanese pickled vegetables Marukin Ramen side (also available at happy hour) of light shredded daikon salad with ume plum vinaigrette Marukin Ramen side (also available at happy hour) of salmon nanbanzuke, a dish of marinated salmon and pickled vegetables and nukazuke, or Japanese pickled vegetables Marukin Ramen side (also available at happy hour) of salmon nanbanzuke, a dish of marinated salmon and pickled vegetables

Have you been to Marukin Ramen yet? What did you enjoy?
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Do any of these updates to the menu intrigue you, what would you try?
Marukin Ramen Updated Menu Marukin vegan mapo tofu over rice, and the only once a week, 30 bowls limited edition Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi

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Review of Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya

To me, winter = ramen season! Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya, formerly known here as Kukai (and still known as Kukai at other branches although this is the only branch in Oregon) brings authentic ramen as well as some izakaya dishes to enjoy in a family friendly restaurant setting in Beaverton. Located in a upscale strip mall area, there is plenty of parking nearby. They don’t take reservations – once your whole party arrives, you will be seated based on the order of your sign in. The location is pretty spacious and includes the traditional counter seating to quickly get your ramen on, or regular restaurant style tables.
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in Beaverton Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in Beaverton Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in Beaverton

Although the ramen comes out pretty quickly, their izakaya portion of their menu is worth taking a look at for some small dishes before you become full on noodles and soup. You’ll find 15+ izakaya options including Chilled Tofu (Soft tofu drizzled with a soy sauce dressing or a spicy dressing), Onigiri (Japanese rice balls), Takoyaki (Octopus Dumplings with aonori, okonomi sauce, mayo and bonito flakes), and Potato Croquette (deep-fried vegetable croquettes drizzled with tonkotsu sauce), and Chicken Karaage (deep-fried marinated chicken with spicy mayo).
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in Beaverton, izakaya dish of Chilled Tofu, Soft tofu drizzled with a soy sauce dressing or a spicy dressing Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in Beaverton, Takoyaki Octopus Dumplings with aonori, okonomi sauce, mayo and bonito flakes Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in Beaverton, Potato Croquette, deep-fried vegetable croquettes drizzled with tonkotsu sauce Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in Beaverton, Potato Croquette, deep-fried vegetable croquettes drizzled with tonkotsu sauce

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya offers 11 kinds of ramen, varying from the traditional Miso (using Hokkaido miso), Shoyu (flavored with soy sauce from Yamaguchi prefecture), and Shio (flavored with French sea salt or a version with both the French sea salt and yuzu, a Japanese citrus) and their signature Garlic Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen with extra-rich shoyu-flavored pork broth with lots of garlic to Chicken Rich, Spicy, and even a Veggie Ramen with slightly spicy, all vegetarian shiitake mushroom and kelp stock flavored with miso and thickened with soy milk and ground sesame seeds.
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in Beaverton, Potato Croquette, deep-fried vegetable croquettes drizzled with tonkotsu sauce Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in Beaverton, they offer 11 kinds of ramen, including a Veggie Ramen with slightly spicy, all vegetarian shiitake mushroom and kelp stock flavored with miso and thickened with soy milk and ground sesame seeds

They also have a dipping ramen (where the ramen does not come in broth and instead you dip it into a sauce) called Tsukemen Ramen, a type you don’t often see at most noodle places. I haven’t tried it yet though – it’s a great option when it’s too hot for broth. The only other place I know of in Portland that has this is Shigezo.

I definitely recommend the garlic tonkatsu, as well as the yuzu shio. Some bowls are offered in both traditional or low sodium versions, which is unique among ramen places. If you are vegetarian, this is one of the few places in Portland that offers a vegetarian option for you (and the only one in Beaverton that I know of the three places). Customize your bowl with more than a dozen additional toppings including being able to order additional broth or additional noodles. If you order additional noodles, you can choose the type of refills for your bowl from three types of noodles. My favorite are the wavy kind.
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in Beaverton, they offer 11 kinds of ramen, and more than a dozen additional toppings including being able to order additional broth or additional noodles

Noodle refills are common in Japan and I don’t often see the option to add more to your ramen bowl when the broth is awesome but you want more noodles for texture of just filling up on the deep broth. I find it tastes a little different from when I spend those first ideal 7 minutes or so slurping up the noodles when just added to the broth and it’s piping hot to my second helping when the soup has cooled a bit more and any toppings I’ve added have absorbed their flavors into the broth more. This also is a way to take it home for more enjoyment if you can’t finish the broth since the noodles will be separated (make sure you put them in different containers).

I think Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya is a great option for the many people I know out there who don’t live in Portland and complain that to get great food you have to drive into the city. So here’s something I highly recommend out there on the West Side for you that is as good and in some aspects better then the many ramen options in the city, and unlike some of the other ramen options in the area is one of the bigger locations to accommodate families and groups easily.

Have you heard of or been to Kizuki before? Where is your favorite ramen place in Portland – is it on PDX Eater Essential Ramen Map that I helped curate or did I miss something?

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