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noodles in honolulu

i'll be in honolulu (waikiki) for eleven days starting saturday. i've been about eight times (family from there) and already know to go to leonards (straight from the airport, and right before taking off), champion, zippys, rainbow, genki, waiola, and jimbo's. and, of course, a day trip to matsumoto's. i've been watching the eat_nopal "waikiki proximity" and kimcheesoup "hole in the wall" topics closely for more information.

what i haven't seen yet is a thread that focuses noodles, my favorite. which noodle places offer housemade (or even handmade!) noodles? in particular, i'm interested in a noodle (ramen, saimin, udon, and company) joint that offers dishes *without* pork or beef, either on top or in the broth. i eat chicken and fish. is such a thing possible??

i've gotten some good restaurant leads off the recent threads, and the honolulu advertiser's "best restaurants" list, but please feel free to offer other inexpensive recs (i'm in law school, so i'm on a budget). i'll have a car.

mahalo!

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  1. I went to Yakiniku Seoul for lunch the other week and they had a home made noodle soup on the menu that was pretty good. I don't have the address on hand but it is next to femme nu.

    1. i had a really good noodle dish at hk's... it was bbq chicken and fried saimin... apparently they are known for their fried saimin.. it was okay though since you seem to be a noodle connosieur and i'm not.. <=) i'll have to keep an eye out on this posting though 'cause i think i'm on a noodle craze and my annual trip is coming up soon =)

      (good luck with the law school btw, if you've already gone crazy, you're normal =)... )

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      1. re: kinipela

        Kinipela:

        are you talking about HK's on south king, across star market?

        As far as noodles go, most places use the same broth (beef or pork) for all their cooking/serving even if it is a chicken dish. I'm told that some of the better vietnamise restaurants use chicken broth for some dishes, but I don't know which ones.

        1. re: UES Mayor

          sorry UES.. i don't think it is an abbreviation - thats what I'm trying to determine. there is a plate lunch place called HK, but I don't know for sure if that is where he means... it may be something else.

          I don't know who has the best cake noodles. I presume if someone did, they would have said something. I have a feeling that you would find good ones at most of the better Chinese restaurants in Honolulu. Perhaps Little Village Noodle House in Chinatown, Happy Days in Kaimuki do have pretty good cake noodle, as does Mini Garden in Chinatown.

          Now go take your chill pill - LOL - you do need a vacation don't you? Its just barely August.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            i'm sorry... it's called hk... that's the one i'm talking about... on south king... on teh corner and next to the bank that has the security guard that tells you not to park in the bank parking lot...

            sorry i really wish i could have give more info.. but i only went there once recently... and my memory isn't so good these days.. anyway, my cuzins brought me there and i didn't know what to order, they suggested that i order the fried saimin because that's what they were good at... so i went ahead and ordered it with bbq chicken, and i really liked it and will have to hit it up again during my annual trip.... but i say take this with a grain of salt because i'm NOT a noodle connosieur.... all i know is that i really enjoyed my fried saimin....and the place reminded me of rainbow drive in and i actually thought it may have been just as good or even better...

            i'm not a noodle connosieur, so i have no idea where to get cake noodles.. in fact, i'm not too sure what it is.....

            1. re: kinipela

              thanks kinipela, appreciate the clarification. I used to go there a lot... but had a bad experience with the rice, and haven't been back since.

          2. re: UES Mayor

            sorry UES.. i don't think it is an abbreviation - thats what I'm trying to determine. there is a plate lunch place called HK, but I don't know for sure if that is where he means... it may be something else.

            I don't know who has the best cake noodles. I presume if someone did, they would have said something. I have a feeling that you would find good ones at most of the better Chinese restaurants in Honolulu. Little Village Noodle House in Chinatown, Happy Days in Kaimuki do have pretty good cake noodle, as does Mini Garden in Chinatown.

            Now go take your chill pill - LOL - you do need a vacation don't you? Its just barely August.

            1. re: KaimukiMan

              LOL LOL!!! I do need to chill!!! Just anxious to start the grinding and yes its only August! I live in NYC and always have to wait a whole year to go back home for the grinds.If only plane rides were a couple hours-i would be there every weekend-but need to keep watch here in NYC! much mahalo

          3. How about Shiro's (for fried noodles or saimin) and Sekiya's in Kaimuki for fried saimin. Also, I like the cake noodles from Golden eagle in Moilili. Saynora's on King St. makes a spicy hot sauce yakisoba. And if you get there on the day they make them, the cellophane noodles at Gina's make a great side.

            There's a place in Chinatown that you used to be able to get fresh noodles from, but it was more of a noodle factory not a restaurant, so unless you're up for cooking your own noodles I don't know if that's much help.

            Anyone know a place with good somen?

            1. There's ramen shop at the corner of Piikoi and King Streets (makai/diamond head corner, across from McKinley HS, parking in the back) that serves Korean ramen. I've had the kim chee and the miso shiro bowls and liked 'em both.

              1. my best place for ramen is Mr. Ojisan. Just get the Ojisan Ramen. The place is on kapahulu, up the street from Leonards, closer to the freeway, across from 7-eleven. I'll second the ramen at Sekiya's.