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Sep 17, 2013 06:50 PM

Santouka Ramen Hawaii

Apparently we will have another choice for ramen soon. Santouka is supposedly opening in the Ezogiku spot in front of Don Quijote on Kaheka. Scheduled opening date is 9/26.

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  1. ty for the notice.

    i was always disappointed when i ate at ezogiku.

    i prefer saimin to ramen.

    21 Replies
    1. re: indelibledotink

      sorry to thread hijack, but which saimin places do you like?

          1. re: indelibledotink

            No kidding! I'm always hoping one of my visits will coincide with one of AW's farmers dinners, but no luck yet.

        1. re: macsak

          Happy to hear about Santouka coming to Honolulu, though I don't care for its location too much. Oh well, guess I'll have to go with the flow on that.

          Saimin places, Palace or Old Saimin House are the best in town for me, followed by Sekiya's, Like Like, Jane's, also Shige's if I'm up for a drive.

          1. re: curiousgeo

            On second thought better Kaheka St. than Waikiki.

          2. re: macsak

            i love palace saimin, jane's, and even zippys. palace got handed down to the next generation and stabilized hours and improved the bbq sticks to the nth power. (price doubled.) remember to bring your own kimchi!

            old saimin house, like like, meh.

            tanaka's was bleh! their american food looks good, though.

            i want to try boulevard and dillingham.

            1. re: indelibledotink

              Apologies killersmile for diverting your ramen post.

              I was at Nuuanu Okazuya a while back and noticed two saimin places in the same building complex on Nuuanu Avenue, across Hosoi Mortuary. Small restaurants, I'm guessing 3-5 tables, don't even remember the names. Wondering if anyone here has tried them, and whether they were any good?

              1. re: curiousgeo

                no, i have not.

                doesn't nuuanu okazuya also serve saimin?

                1. re: curiousgeo

                  Not a problem, I don't mind. Don't know about 2 saimin restaurants, but Nakai saimin used to be in that building on Nuuanu. I don't think they are there anymore though. Last I remember hearing they had a food truck in that collection of trucks on Kapahulu. If I remember correctly they are somehow related to Shige's. They made their own noodles in house; the same style flat saimin noodles that Shige's has. The only difference to me (and a big difference as well) was their broth which was very fishy. I used to go and get their fried saimin since the noodles were good, but the broth was a little off-putting.
                  As far as saimin goes, just about the only place I go is Palace nowadays. The couple of times I went to Shige's the broth was way too salty. Tanaka's, Dillingham (formerly Boulevard) & Like Like were no good, while Old Saimin House was only ok. I tend to just buy my noodles from Hamura's when i'm on Kauai and just make saimin at home myself.

                    1. re: indelibledotink

                      Just a basic kombu, katsuobushi, dried shrimp dashi. Although sometimes if lazy I just use the instant dashi packets.

                      1. re: killersmile

                        do you cook your noodles in the broth or water and then ad the soup?

                        1. re: indelibledotink

                          I cook the noodles separately in water then add the soup.

                          1. re: killersmile

                            Helps to keep the soup clear and free of whatever cooks out of the noodles, a better bowl of saimin.

                            1. re: killersmile

                              that's how i've always done it, but i can't escape the feeling that the noodles would have more flavor if they were cooked in broth

                      2. re: killersmile

                        Have you tried the Saimin at 49er Fountain in Aiea? House made dashi, maybe a little on the salty side, but good flavor.

                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          I forgot about that place! I enjoyed their saimin the one time I had it.

                    2. re: indelibledotink

                      also i forgot, i like liliha bakery's saimin.