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Ramen Dreams….

January 4, 2014
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In 2012, I was in search of the best phở on O’ahu. It was a lotta fun! For 2014, my quest is to find the best bowl of ramen on the island. I’m quickly learning that this is going to be much more difficult. In fact, I’ve already confused myself. Finding the best phở was basically a simple process. Phở is phở. It’s a beef broth. I could compare apples to apples. Also, good phở is pretty much limited to Chinatown. With ramen, there’s tonkotsu broth, shoyu, miso, shio, sesame, and a varying combination of all. There are also many good shops in Waikiki, Ala Moana, and Kapahulu. Here’s what I’ve discovered so far. For phở, it’s all about the broth. For ramen, it’s the trio of the broth, the noodles, and the chashu in concert. I’ve also discovered that “real ramen” does not come with a curry or fried rice combo. Real ramen shops have real Japanese tourists waiting in line before the shop opens at 11am. Here are what I’ve sampled so far:

Paitan Ramen from Tenkaippin.

Paitan Ramen from Tenkaippin.

Miso Cha-Shu Ramen from Ramen Kai.

Miso Cha-Shu Ramen from Ramen Kai.

Kikuzo Ramen from Menchanko-Tei.

Kikuzo Ramen from Menchanko-Tei.

Belly Bowl from Lucky Belly.

Belly Bowl from Lucky Belly.

Spicy Tsukemen from Kiwami.

Spicy Tsukemen from Kiwami.

Spicy Kotteri Tonkotsu Ramen from Agu Ramen Bistro.

Spicy Kotteri Tonkotsu Ramen from Agu Ramen Bistro.

Tan Tan Ramen from Goma Tei.

Tan Tan Ramen from Goma Tei.

Kakuni Paitan Ramen from Yotteko-Ya

Kakuni Paitan Ramen from Yotteko-Ya.

Shoyu Ramen from Hokkaido Ramen Santouka.

Shoyu Ramen from Hokkaido Ramen Santouka.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen from Ramen Nakamura.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen from Ramen Nakamura.

Tan Tan Men from Gomaichi.

Beefy Wild from Kamitoku Ramen.

Beefy Wild from Kamitoku Ramen.

Looking forward to updating this post. Can’t wait to try more places. Gonna be blast….

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