Ramen Institution Coming to South Lake Avenue

Published : Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 6:03 AM

An Orange County ramen institution is coming to Pasadena. HiroNori Craft Ramen looks to be setting up shop on S. Lake Ave.

HiroNori’s SoCal locations include Irvine, Long Beach, and most recently San Diego. The ramen concept is the brainchild of Hiromichi Igarashi. The restaurant pairs traditional Japanese ramen flavors with modern concepts.

Portions are generous, and no menu item is more than $15.

Ramens come with either thick or thin noodles, depending on your preference. According to Eater San Diego, HiroNori makes their own noodles in a factory in Los Angeles.

The limited menu features three base ramens to choose from: tonkotsu (a pork-based broth), shoyu (a soy-based broth), or a vegan option (a sesame miso broth).

For example, customers who choose, say, the popular tonkotsu ramen, receive pork belly, green onion, seaweed, and bean sprouts.

Then, a variety of optional toppings await you: quinoa, garlic, egg, and black garlic oil, to name a few.

HiroNori also features a handful of customizable rice bowls: pork, chicken, spicy tuna, and salmon poke.

In addition to rice bowls and ramen, HiroNori serves well known Japanese sides like edamame and crispy rice with spicy tuna. The pork buns and crispy chicken karaage are favorites.

No word yet on when HiroNori Pasadena will be up and running, but we’ll be sure to update you when we hear of anything.

If history is any indication, it shouldn’t be long. HiroNori’s first location opened in Irvine opened in 2017, and they’ve quadrupled in size since.

HiroNori Craft Ramen will reportedly be located at 163 South Lake Avenue. No news yet on opening date.

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