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New Bites At Noodle Shop

A La Carte

November 19, 2017

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Yu Shing Ting

Pizza Spring Roll ($6.50 for two pieces)

While Manichi Ramen may have originated in Japan (opening in 1953 as a one-man push-cart in Fukuoka), its two signature items — ramen and gyoza, can be considered traditional local favorites.

Using fresh, local ingredients, and recipes that span three generations, the restaurant opened on Kona Street (across from Ala Moana Center) a few years ago and serves a variety of tasty ramen and award-winning gyoza, along with assorted donburi and side dishes.

Aside from its trademarked items, Manichi Ramen also has a couple of new dishes that are quite unique. Starting today, enjoy Pizza Spring Roll ($6.50 for two pieces) and an original Gyoza Burger ($9.75). Both are limited to just 10 orders per day.

The Gyoza Burger features a gyoza patty, Swiss cheese, tomato, avocado and alfalfa sprouts on a toasted onion bun and drizzled with a ginger dressing.

“Everyone who tasted it really likes it,” says manager Chris Jon. “It’s something different. I hope this is a big hit.”

MAMA MIA, PIZZERIA!

Manichi Ramen, located across from Ala Moana Center, is serving up some new dishes starting today. In addition to the eatery’s ramen and gyoza offerings, customers should try Pizza Spring Roll ($6.50 for two pieces).

The spring roll is made with Manichi Ramen’s signature gyoza mix, tomato, mozzarella and pepperoni, and is wrapped in a special spring roll skin from Japan, deep fried to a thin and crispy shell, and topped with melted cheese and chopped pepperoni.

“I always see spring rolls all over the place, but no one that has pizza,” explains manager Chris Jon. “It tastes like pizza, but in a spring-roll version. It goes well with beer, and I think kids will like it, too.”

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