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    The Wedding Cafe, Manoa

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    Bob's Bar-B-Que, Kalihi
    Restaurant Yamagen, Moili'ili

    Below you will find a never ending list of restaurants that I want to visit or re-visit:

    Momomo
    Young's Fish Market
    Alan Wong's Pineapple Room
    Mediterraneo
    Cafe Sistina
    Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
    Gyu-Kaku
    Yakiniku Toraji
    Sushi Masa
    Ono Hawaiian Foods
    Rokkaku
    Tsukuneya Robata Grill

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    The following posts should be completed someday (!):

    New Diner's Drive In
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    Border Grill
    Penang Malaysian
    Chez Panisse
    Shalimar
    Zuni Cafe
    Limon
    Indonesia Restaurant
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    Happy Inn
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    Hata Restaurant
    Ebisu Catering Service
    Bubba Burgers
    The Eggberts
    Blossoming Lotus
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    Bob's Big Boy

    WHEW! I hope to have them done by year's end!

    Upcoming adventures

    2008:
    San Francisco, CA
    2/14-2/18

    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    5/23-6/01

    London, UK
    11/21-24
    Paris, France
    11/24-27
    Chicago, IL
    11/27-30
    Seoul, South Korea
    I won't be able to visit Korea this year.
    2009:
    San Francisco, CA
    New Orleans, LA
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Shanghai, China
    Singapore

    Hopefully, some of you can provide me with recommendations for some good eats!

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October 31, 2004

Comments

julia

that looks like a meal I would enjoy very very much. yum! :)

tweety

YUM..!!! Drooling.. big time..!!!

babe_kl

i'm very curious if u managed to finish up your meal in one go haha looked huge to me.

Reid

Hi Julia,

It was yummy and something that I would be inclined to eat again.

Hi Tweety,

When I started doing some searching on the net for this place, I saw the pictures of the food, and yes, I too was drooling. Once I got there and the dishes arrived, I was first impressed and the afraid. It was a lot of food...didn't know if I could finish it all.

Hi babe_kl,

Nice to see you here again. Yes, it was a lot of food, and I ate slowly. I was just barely able to finish. I ended up having dinner at about 9:00 pm.

FatMan Seoul

Again! Darn those look good. Ramen outlets are also mushrooming over here.

The "dip and eat" is kinda like eating buckwheat soba noodles. In Korea, they're known as "mo mil so ba".

PittyNKuppy

Hi...
Funny thing was I was there on Sunday afternoon!
Anyway, if you love authentic ramen, I also suggest Yottekkoya in the McCully Shopping Center. The soup is wonderful (homemade, simmered for 10hrs!) and the charsiu will melt in your mouth because it is heated with the broth and not cut cold and placed on the ramen like taishoken.

Reid

Hi FatMan,

There are actually so many places here that I'm planning to do maybe a week long posting on the various ramen outlets.

This was actually a bit different for me and it was actually quite good. The broth is quite concentrated and goes well with the fresh noodles.

I'd be interested in seeing a post on what you have in Korea when you have a chance.

Hi PittyNKuppy,

Welcome to the blog! Maybe we were there at the same time. I heard about a new ramen shop at the McCully Shopping Center and was actually going to go there tonight, but never made it. Is it the one upstairs, the Kyoto-style ramen? Tenkaippin in Waikiki is great, you should try the hotteri ramen...mmmmm!

Linus

First of all hello to everyone. I've been to several ramen places and unfortunetly I wasn't satisfied with Taishoken. The soup wasn't good at all. I actually had gone there more than once since my friends and family wanted to go on seperate occassions. Each time I went the soup was either very light or just plain horrible. Just giving my input.

Reid

Hi Linus,

Welcome to my blog.

I'm sorry that you had a bad experience with the ramen at Taishoken. Thanks for sharing the information with us here. It's appreciated.

joy

I just went to Taishoken last night for the first time. I do not like ramen but I loved it here! I had the shoyu tsukemen w/gyoza. The miso tsukemen was also great (tasted my boyfriend's). The only other ramen I have ever liked was in Osaka. I will definitely go back to Taishoken again!

MBS

I went to Taishoken last Christmas, and I thought it was just fine. I'd say that Yottekkoya is the better of the two, but Taishoken's ramen is good too. Both had great service. Too bad there aren't more ramen places like these in LA.

Reid

Hi Joy,

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm glad you enjoyed the tsukemen at Taishoken, but what I really enjoy most are the fresh, handmade noodles. The miso tsukemen is one of my favorites.

Hi MBS,

Long time no hear!

I have to disagree. I actually think that Taishoken is more than OK. The quality of the noodles is excellent, however, if you're not used to eating tsukemen, this style of ramen could really be off-putting. Many people don't like cold noodles served with hot broth.

That said, I'm in agreement with your statement about Yotteko-ya. I myself think it's the best ramen shop in Hawaii. I'm sure that many will disagree with me, but oh well...

BT in SF

Hi Reid,

I just got back home to the bay area from my wedding and honeymoon in Hawaii. As a bunch of my mainland friends were flying out to help us celebrate, I referred a bunch of them to your blog to help them with restaurant choices. Just wanted to say thanks! I don't think we would have ever hit Taishoken and some other spots without your reviews (you were spot on about the tsukemen.) Thanks again!

Reid

Hi BT in SF,

Welcome and CONGRATULATIONS!

I'm glad you decided to celebrate here in our fair state. I'm also glad that you found my website useful in planning some of your meals out and I'm glad you found Taishoken.

Hope you get to visit us again! Good luck!

naira

oh. mah. gawd.

reid.

oh. mah. gawd.

i will just put it to you this way: i asked my beau if we could try tai sho ken out this past sunday. we did, and i had the miso ramen. he had the pirikara, tsukemen style. we shared gyoza.

from then on, i was hooked. i dragged the beau there the following night. i had the same thing--miso ramen and gyoza (this time, i got the combo version, which is a small ramen, a bit of rice, three gyoza and kim chee). the beau tried the curry ramen and got the char siu rice. we were both very content.

fast forward to last night, which was friday night. i convinced a friend to go with me, and even though she is japanese, she doesn't favor japanese food much. but she loved the pirikara ramen and, for that matter, swore to look for the brand of tonkatsu sauce that they gave her for her chicken katsu. this time, i tried the shoyu ramen, which was good, but i learned i much preferred the miso.

i had to promise my beau that i would not ask to go to tai sho ken again until 2007 to get him to go once more, tonight. by this time, he had decided that his favorite was the pirikara. i just stuck to my miso ramen/gyoza combo.

what do i love? i think the noodles are of better quality than kyoto ramen (which itself is REALLY good ramen, i agree with you wholeheartedly). but despite the homogeneity of what i ordered this week, i really like the variety that tai sho ken's menu has over kyoto ramen. plus there's the choice of size of ramen--the combos come with a small bowl, but you can order a regular or a large, and let me tell you, i was amazed at the size of the large, which a skinny japanese national man ordered and ate with the robust enthusiasm i would have reserved for a famished sumo wrestler. and for some reason, i think the broth at tai sho ken is just a bit more complex and nuanced (or probably just a little richer) than the one at kyoto ramen.

all in all, i have the happy occassion of blaming you again for giving me another food place to enjoy. my beau would probably be grateful to you, too, but since i've taishoken-ed him out, he'll be reluctant to say so until...oh, 2007.

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