While Ilsong Garden has been serving up some of the most fantastic Korean food in San Antonio for over ten years, they just recently added a new and very much lauded dish to their menu: ramen noodles.
There was a time when ramen was the staple of college students and, well, it probably still is. At Ilsong Garden, ramen is what the staff ate after a long day of service. Now, however, ramen has been elevated to a new status. It's growing more and more popular and more and more diverse.
You may even have a noodle bar in your hometown, especially if you hail from one of the bigger cities. An exclusive noodle bar has recently opened up in San Antonio, but it really can’t hold a candle to the best ramen in the city: Kevin’s Ramen at Ilsong Garden.
Kevin's Ramen Noodles at Ilsong Garden — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
This ramen provides a savory medley of flavors and ingredients, including a miso-based broth, pork belly, spinach, green onions and a delicate, soft-boiled egg as well as, of course, a plethora of perfectly cooked ramen noodles. This bowlful of delights comes at an extremely affordable price. And there’s little doubt you’ll probably go home with leftovers.
Besides the signature Kevin’s Ramen, you can simply order your ramen with an array of ingredients. They can prepare you a seafood ramen, vegetarian ramen with tofu or about a dozen other variations.
If ramen just isn't your thing, don’t despair. Ilsong Garden has been receiving awards and accolades for their superior Korean fare since they first opened their doors in 2001. The restaurant has since become a San Antonian favorite among both foodies and chefs.
This family-owned and -operated business is led by Young Chu Cacy, who learned how to cook traditional Korean food as well as Asian fusions from her mother and Korean native Sun Nam.
Ilsong Garden primarily serves traditional Korean food. You can expect to find your favorites here, including bulgogi – marinated thin strips of tender ribeye steak cooked over an open flame; kalbi – marinated beef short ribs; baby back ribs; and other Korean delicacies.
Locals can’t get enough of their unique Vegetable Pancake – a crispy pan-fried concoction of veggies and seafood. You can add oysters, kimchi or shrimp to your pancake. Yaki Mandu – their version of pan-fried dumplings filled with a mixture of beef, noodles and fresh vegetables - is also a great way to start your meal. The menu is extensive and also offers an assortment of Japanese entrees, such as chicken teriyaki and shrimp tempura.
If you’re in town for Fiesta Texas, or happen to find yourself on the northside, Ilsong Garden is an easy stop to get to. The restaurant is located right off of Interstate Loop 410, near North Star Mall. It’s worth the drive, no matter what part of town you’re in!