Great Hawaii Ramen at Taishoken
While there's an abundance of great Ramen (Japanese noodles and broth) places to eat at in Hawaii, one of our favorites is Taishoken, a famous Tokyo ramen shop that came to Hawaii a few years back. We had a craving for Ramen this weekend so we decided to bring along our camera and show you what Taishoken has to offer.
The first thing you'll notice is that Taishoken is a pretty small place. It has 4 tables that can accomodate 4 people per table and a "bar" where you can sit next to people while you eat, just like in Japan. We went in pretty early so the place was rather quiet but it was nice to eat without all the usual noises for a change.
Taishoken has great ramen, but I really love their famous Tsukemen! Tsukemen is a style of ramen where they separate the broth from the noodles. The noodles are made fresh and then steamed to perfection, the broth is served separately in a bowl. You dip the noodles into the broth and eat them. The big difference between Tsukemen and Ramen aside from the noodles being outside of the broth is that the Tsukemen broth is concentrated a lot more that the standard Ramen broth.
You can order regular ramen or tsukemen in your choice of Miso, Shoyu, Curry or Pirikara (spicy) broth. They also have a variety of rice dishes and of course, gyoza (dumplings). Today we decided to get the Pirikara Tsukemen and Curry rice combo.
If you like spicy, the Pirikara Tsukemen will not let you down! The broth has spicy ground beef, chili oil, bamboo shoots and nori (seaweed) added in. It was delicious to dip the noodles into the broth and eat them. By the time I was done with the Tsukemen, I was drenched! Yes it's very spicy but very good!
After eating the Tsukemen, there was still the small plate of Japanese curry and rice. It was almost too much food to eat. The curry was delicious and the rice helped take some of the spicy edge off, or at least thats what I was hoping it would do. Overall, a fantastic meal that you just have to try if you're in Hawaii.
Taishoken Ramen Restaurant
Ste C101A, 903 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu, HI
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