My friend Robin, whose daughter has taken a liking to ramen, wanted to know which ramen shops to recommend. Specifically, in the Keeaumoku area if possible.
For me, I’m not a big ramen fan – and that’s why I’m throwing it out to you MLCers.
But when the need strikes, my go-to place is Taiyo Ramen, located on the corner of Piikoi and Kona St. tucked away in the corner.
Only problem at Taiyo Ramen is whether to eat the ramen or the kim-chee fried rice! I hardly ever get passed the kim-chee fried rice. And da buggah is HOT!
Anyone remember the original Taiyo Ramen location?
Ramen is another one of those “We didn’t have growing up” things that I constantly tell my daughters. We had saimin houses!
But I remember when I first started dating Paula, she took me to eat at Dai-ryu Ramen located across Washington Intermediate School, next to Baskin Robbins. That was my first taste of ramen and since something different than saimin, I enjoyed it. But not too long later, they shut down.
I was excited to see that they reopened a few years ago at Kapalama Shopping Center, but it wasn’t the same. Not like I remembered it back at the old Washington Intermediate School location. Different owners.
Since then, we’ve tried a few different ramen places: Tai Sei Ramen across the police station on Beretania. That was pretty good. And Goma Ichi Ramen on Keeaumoku. You know how I love my sesame seed oil! I’d go there again. I remember going to Goma Tei Ramen in Ala Moana Center once, but I don’t remember how it was. I may need to go again soon.
Lately, Paula has had this thing for tonkotsu ramen. Not tonkatsu ramen, but tonkotsu ramen. It has a thicker broth with a pork bone soup base. There are a couple of places that have it but it’s pretty expensive. However, if you’re in Las Vegas, check out Monta Ramen. Not only are their prices good, but they have specials too – like squid-ink ramen. Paula likes that one. Me, I’ll stick with the spicy ramen. Wait, last time I had the spicy ramen, my stomach didn’t like it.
You know, I really should give ramen another try. Maybe I’ve just been ordering the wrong kine. Shoyu ramen? Miso ramen? Tonkotsu ramen?
What say you when it comes to ramen?