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Old March 17th, 2008, 01:30 PM
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Default Best Ramen on Oahu

Hey everyone,

I'm thinking of doing a special report on my food blog about ramen (since there are so many places here that feature it, and so many ways to make it). I was wondering what your favorite places were so I can get an idea of where I should try to appropriately rank them!

Any input would be great :P

Right now the places that jump to mind for evaluation are:

Goma Tei
Tenkaippin
Kyoto Ramen
Taiyo's
Nihon Noodle
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Old March 17th, 2008, 02:01 PM
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Goma Tei and Gomaichi for the exact same reason: Tan tan. That spicy sesame broth is unbelievable.

A distant (but very respectable) second goes to Tai Sei for its fresh-fresh-fresh noodles, made on the premises. These noodles are so good that even though they're great in standard ramen broths, they're better in something less powerful, such as the shoyu-vinegar sauce Tai Sei serves with its cold noodle dish.

The next tier is a bunch of interchangeable ramen bowls at Ayame, Ezogiku, Taiyo, and Young's.

Sumo is a few stories lower than those. Edible, but if you're a real fan, you'll wonder why you bothered. And huge negative points for not putting vinegar on the table.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 02:25 PM
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what about jimbo's?
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Is Jimbo still open? I went when it first flung the doors wide, and was fairly impressed, but if I remember correctly it is an udon restaurant, and not a ramen shop. The broth and noodles were very, very well-prepared, but it's udon. Even the best-tasting udon in the world shouldn't cost you what Jimbo charges.
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I like Taishōken on Keʻeaumoku Street.
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i thought they were still open. sorry, udon, not ramen. my bad!
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I haven't been there in a looooong time but I used to frequent Ezogiku in the Waimalu Shopping Center. It wasn't the BEST ramen in town, but it was always consistent and always good. Order the Gomoku (sp?) - it's not on the menu (or never used to be). It has everything in it!
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Add Sahnoya ramen on King Street to your list.
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Add Sahnoya ramen on King Street to your list.
Sonoya is a passable bowl of ramen, but its strength is really that you can get it late. And don't expect to have your water-glass refilled unless you walk to the pitcher and get it yourself.
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IOrder the Gomoku (sp?) - it's not on the menu (or never used to be). It has everything in it!
My mom managed that restaurant from sometime in my sixth grade year until about six years later. Gomoku ramen was always on the menu; it was one of the most popular orders.
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I love the one in the corner. Da one across Mckinley High School and Kaiser Permanente. They make onolicious Ramen and the Oyako Dumburi is #1. They give Kim Chee too. Try their Gozoya special.

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I love the one in the corner. Da one across Mckinley High School and Kaiser Permanente. They make onolicious Ramen and the Oyako Dumburi is #1. They give Kim Chee too. Try their Gozoya special.
Oh yeah. That used to be Ichi Ban Rahmen (their spelling, not mine). Can't remember what its current name is now. Yes, good ramen there; I'd put it at the top of the third tier: Not as good as Tai Sei but better than Ayame, Ezogiku, and Taiyo. The gyoza IS exceptional and the service is very friendly.

Dyasu, I have to add Mr. Ojisan to the list. Everything in it tastes like it was selected with great care and with attention paid to the quality of each ingredient. That's the only explanation I have for how good the ramen is there. It's tasty as heck and everything tastes fresh, although I'm quite sure the noodles are the standard noodles they use just about everywhere else. It's the everything else in the bowl that I admire. Get the miso ramen. And if you're there with a friend, split an order of karaage: It's ridiculously good there.

Oh, it just came to me. I think it's Ichi-Ryu.
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I like Taishōken on Keʻeaumoku Street.
I still have to try that. Did you get the noodle dish you dip in the broth?
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I love the one in the corner. Da one across Mckinley High School and Kaiser Permanente. They make onolicious Ramen and the Oyako Dumburi is #1. They give Kim Chee too. Try their Gozoya special.

Dang! Wat is the name?

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Katsu curry is good too!
Das da one...uh ah. Dances around my computa.
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There's a dang good noodle place in Kailua, it's on the same street as Los Garcias but can't recall the name of it, sorry.
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There's a dang good noodle place in Kailua, it's on the same street as Los Garcias but can't recall the name of it, sorry.
are you thinking of rai rai ramen?
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Anyone been to Daiichi in Aiea by the post office? I'm no ramen expert but the miso ramen is soooo ono there.
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I still have to try that. Did you get the noodle dish you dip in the broth?
You mean the tsuke-men? It's their specialty -- I don't know of anywhere else that does that. The tsuke-men broth is really concentrated compared to regular ramen broth. Very tasty. However, my favorite is still the traditional shoyu ramen. Their noodle consistency is wonderful, and the broth is so ono.
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Kani, I bet that's it! Dang good food but boring to sit in, so carrying it home rocks. I only went there one time but man...I'm not a noodle freak but I dug their soups and just....everything we bought that day.
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hi this is sansei and i agree with 1st wahine,ichiryu is a good ramen place is in my High school day's,i once ate there and it was yum! Also their is one coming up liliha street before you turn to go to lilha bakery and it's on the right hand side and this one is going to close soon so if you may happen to know of this ramen place,please post,please?

Well thank's for your time ps: There was one next to Ace stuido only they've closed and now it's a new business in that building.
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Also their is one coming up liliha street before you turn to go to lilha bakery and it's on the right hand side and this one is going to close soon so if you may happen to know of this ramen place,please post,please?
Hi! Dis is 1stwahine. heheheh Da place is Janes Fountain. The noodles in broth are called by us locals "Saimin." Sometimes we like Won ton inside and BBQ sticks as a side dish. I also enjoy a cone sushi too.

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Some of these places sound great!

Thanks everyone for your suggestions, I guess I'd better get busy eating so I can rank them :P
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You mean the tsuke-men? It's their specialty -- I don't know of anywhere else that does that. The tsuke-men broth is really concentrated compared to regular ramen broth. Very tasty. However, my favorite is still the traditional shoyu ramen. Their noodle consistency is wonderful, and the broth is so ono.
Sam Sato's in Wailuku does a dry saimin with a nice, salty broth for dipping. I don't know if that's the same thing or even similar, but it's extremely popular and I loved it. So did my two friends.

Dyasu: You might want to dig up that ramen overview John Heckathorn did in Honolulu several years ago. Then you'll at least know what some people have already said and done. If you can't find it, I believe it's laminated and hanging on the wall at Tai Sei!
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Maybe not the best Raman shiru but I'm surprised no one mentioned a long time and old one at that: Shiro's Saimin in Aiea. Man dat buggah was one flashy dresser.

As in any Ramen shop it's all about the Shiru and I remember my Korean Friend who told me about a trip to Japan and went into a Ramen Shop. Immediately he added shoyu to it and to his dismay, was booted out. When he came back to Hawaii and he told me that story I told him I'd have booted him out too for insulting that family's broth that no doubt was handed down from generation to generation.

When I would go to any ramen shop that tasted good, I would always compliment the owner for their shiru. That's why they're there.
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