Mouth-watering Ramen Eats

Digest Eat This

February 10, 2013

Story By: Jaimie Kim Farinas | Photos by: Leah Friel

Miso-Tan Ramen ($9.30, small; $10.10, medium; $11.30, large)

Miso-Tan Ramen ($9.30, small; $10.10, medium; $11.30, large)

Step through the doors of Chinpei Ramen and indulge in a bowl of homestyle Japanese cooking.

Plus, you won’t have to worry about any additives in your meal.

“Our soup is natural; there is no MSG,” says owner Yoshi Hashigami.

The restaurant has been in business at its South King Street location for five years. Prior to that, Hashigami’s father had a similar business in Japan that was open for 55 years.

With 27 ramen options to choose from, the best place to start might be with one of Hashigami’s personal favorites: Shoyu-Ramen ($8.80, small; $9.60, medium; $10.80, large).

However, Hashigami is quick to point out that miso-based ramen dishes are a favorite among Chin-pei’s customers.

After choosing the soup base of the dish, diners get to choose between an egg noddle that is thicker and a thin noodle.

“For miso-based ramen, thicker noodles are better; for shoyu-based ramen, skinny noodles are better,” shares Hashigami

For an additional $1, diners also can choose from three special noodle options: udon, yam noodle or an organic flour noodle.

One of the most popular miso-based ramen items is the Miso-Tan Ramen ($9.30, small; $10.10, medium; $11.30, large). Like many of its other dishes, the noodles are served with bean sprouts, green onion, sliced pork and Chinese cabbage.

Another is the Miso Ramen ($9.30, small; $10.10, medium; $11.30, large). It is served with bean sprouts, green onion, char siu pork and bamboo shoots.

An added bonus: the restaurant also offers an extensive selection of other non-ramen dishes all for under $15, including local favorites such as Chicken Katsu ($10.95, with rice; $13.45, teishoku) and Curry Rice ($8.50-$12) with different protein options to choose from.

Chinpei Ramen

2080 S. King St., Suite 106
Monday, 5-10 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96826

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