Been meaning to try Kumino ever since I heard they had baos a la the Chairman Bao truck. The verdict: the Chairman still wins.
The menu here is Asian fusion with ramens, rice bowls, baos, and other small plates. Ray kept commenting that it was very Momofuku-esque. That’s not necessarily a bad thing since we’re a million miles from the nearest Momofuku.
We started with spicy rice cakes which are fried Korean ddoeboki with scallions, burst tomatoes, and a spicy red sauce. It was just meh. The rice cakes were crisp on the outside but stale on the inside (way too chewy). The spicy sauce was a bit one-note so we asked for some hoisin sauce to try and change it up a bit.
I opted for the pork shoulder bao which tasted like a pulled pork sandwich without the bbq sauce and with bao instead of regular bread. That is to say, it was not bad.
The seafood ramen came in a very tall cone-like bowl. This was pretty good. Good noodles, plenty of toppings, a good variety of seafood (salmon, shrimp, clams, crab), and a soft boiled egg.
I didn’t get a picture of the best dish which was the crispy eggplant salad with brussel sprouts – crispy bits and spice – very yummy!
Kumino: 580 N. Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043