Japanese Ramen Kai

Ramen is trending now in Honolulu! There have been so many new store openings in the past few months. Next on my list to try was Kai, located on the Mauka side of Ala Moana Shopping Center a few steps Ewa side of the Bank of Hawaii. Nomz in her stroller keeping our place in line:

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Menu:

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My sister and I both got Shio Ramen ($9.00). Nice looking bowl topped with bean sprouts, kikurage, green onions, menma and three slices of delicious melty-soft chashu.

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Kid’s Ramen ($6.00) which comes with 2 pieces of their Yurinchi Chicken (karaage) and dessert (a bag of fruit chews). We ordered this in miso flavor for taste comparison.

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Yummy soup, nice portion size, but I prefer my noodles thinner. I would surely come back though, alternating between Santouka and here.

I’m not entirely sure what the characteristics of “Hokkaido ramen” are, since even within Hokkaido there are several types of ramen. My impressions growing up were that Hokkaido was famous for miso ramen, or for ramen topped with butter and corn. Based on dining at Kai and Santouka, the similarities between the two are that diners can choose soup options in shio, shoyu, miso and spicy tan tan, the broth is mainly tonkotsu based and on the rich side, and noodles are medium to medium thick wavy. I wonder what makes Hokkaido ramen especially appealing that two of the recently opened ramen shops are Hokkaido ramen? Is it a better match for the Hawaii market over the other delicious varieties of ramen from all around Japan? The soup is delicious, but I prefer even richer (kotteri) and with thinner noodles. The bigger question is why there is no Hakata ramen joining the race?

…Until my sister told me of a place called Agu in Moiliili that is supposed to be Hakata style. Anyone tried it? I’m so there the next chance I get!!!

Japanese Ramen Kai
1430 Kona St #101
Honolulu, HI 96814
808.949.8888
Daily 11:30a-9:00p

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