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March 26, 2017

Pig Out On This Pork-Based Soup

When Eiji Kato moved to the United States from Japan as a teenager, he was really picky about food. Settling first into Vermont and Texas, he had trouble finding restaurants that served what he wanted to eat. The solution? He started cooking for himself. Later, after moving to Hawaii, he went on to work as…

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February 19, 2017

Try this rich pork-based broth

When the weather is cold and stormy the way it has been lately, ramen is the dish that always hits the spot. Hot, steamy noodles steeped in a hearty broth made of pork bones simmered for 16 hours is exactly what you need, and you’ll find them at Junpuu on South King Street. “For most…

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January 22, 2017 ,

Can you Feel The Heat?

If there’s one type of food that is a cure-all for everything from vog symptoms to those coughs and colds going around, it’s soothing, simmering soup. And as chilly evenings continue to settle in this time of year, we all could probably benefit from wrapping our hands around a hot bowl, being sure to slurp…

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December 25, 2016

The Perfect Bowl Of Ramen

You can recognize a good bowl of ramen by its many dimensions. There’s depth of flavor in the broth, the condiments give character, and the noodles, if properly cooked, give texture. The protein, be it char siu, chicken or ground meat, lend volume, and everything has to come together for a bowl to be worth…

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December 4, 2016

Authentic Ramen For The Slurping

When Junpuu owner and chef Eiji Kato moved to Hawaii in 2000, he had a hard time finding something familiar to eat, so he started cooking his own food remembering what his mom, a cooking teacher in Japan, taught him. “I was so picky about food and I always liked cooking,” he explains. “I wanted…

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Slurp It Up

Despite our warm climate, we have a strong culture of soup here in the Islands. And with an abundance of cultures that make up our local community, we sure do love our saimin, ramen, pho, miso soup, tripe stew — and don’t even get me started on oxtail soup! There’s comfort in the cultural familiarity…

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September 18, 2016

Going the distance for ramen perfection

When it comes to talking about Junpuu’s “wow” factor, owner Eiji Kato doesn’t hesitate to speak up. “We make everything from scratch and we go the extra mile,” he says. Junpuu, known for its unique ramen dishes, boasts many customer favorites. Patrons often order Spicy Cheese Gyoza ($6), for instance, as an appetizer. “It features…

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August 21, 2016

A Push In The Right Direction

According to Junpuu owner Eiji Kato, the name of his ramen eatery translates to “tailwind” in Japanese, or “a wind from behind that is going to push you forward.” This push forward symbolizes good luck, and that’s exactly the direction Kato is heading in with his own restaurant venture. Guests may remember Junpuu’s former location…

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July 17, 2016


A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Tantan Men Special ($13.50) Patrons may remember Junpuu from the old Shirokiya. Rather than move with the popular Japanese food court to its new location, Junpuu owner Eiji Kato decided to branch out instead with his own larger venue, now located off of South King Street. Junpuu…

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