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Santouka Ramen Hawaii

killersmile Sep 17, 2013 06:50 PM

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.

  1. indelibledotink Sep 17, 2013 07:12 PM

    ty for the notice.

    i was always disappointed when i ate at ezogiku.

    i prefer saimin to ramen.

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    1. re: indelibledotink
      macsak Sep 17, 2013 08:19 PM

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

      1. re: macsak
        macsak Sep 17, 2013 08:44 PM

        just saw this
        any comments?

        1. re: macsak
          indelibledotink Sep 17, 2013 09:31 PM

          drooling over the alan wong's

          1. re: indelibledotink
            Debbie M Sep 18, 2013 11:17 AM

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

        2. re: macsak
          curiousgeo Sep 17, 2013 08:51 PM

          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
            curiousgeo Sep 17, 2013 09:07 PM

            On second thought better Kaheka St. than Waikiki.

            1. re: curiousgeo
              indelibledotink Sep 17, 2013 09:24 PM

              that's true

          2. re: macsak
            indelibledotink Sep 17, 2013 09:31 PM

            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
              curiousgeo Sep 17, 2013 10:45 PM

              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
                indelibledotink Sep 17, 2013 11:41 PM

                no, i have not.

                doesn't nuuanu okazuya also serve saimin?

                1. re: curiousgeo
                  killersmile Sep 18, 2013 01:24 AM

                  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: killersmile
                    indelibledotink Sep 18, 2013 01:56 AM

                    how do you make your dashi?

                    1. re: indelibledotink
                      killersmile Sep 18, 2013 03:45 AM

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

                      1. re: killersmile
                        indelibledotink Sep 18, 2013 06:33 AM

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

                        1. re: indelibledotink
                          killersmile Sep 18, 2013 08:47 AM

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

                          1. re: killersmile
                            curiousgeo Sep 18, 2013 10:49 AM

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

                            1. re: curiousgeo
                              killersmile Sep 18, 2013 11:07 AM

                              yes, i concur.

                            2. re: killersmile
                              indelibledotink Sep 18, 2013 11:27 AM

                              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
                        KaimukiMan Sep 18, 2013 02:50 PM

                        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
                          killersmile Sep 18, 2013 04:02 PM

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

                    2. re: indelibledotink
                      indelibledotink Sep 21, 2013 11:02 PM

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

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