A Taste Of Japan

A La Carte Columns

November 27, 2016

Story By: Ali Resich | Photos by: Ali Resich

Char Siu Ramen in Paitan broth

Char Siu Ramen in Paitan broth ($8.95)

Ever since Teishoku Restaurant opened at Kamehameha Shopping Center in June, diners in the Kalihi area haven’t had to travel far to satisfy their cravings for authentic Japanese food.

True to its name, the eatery specializes in teishoku, or traditional Japanese set meals, served up affordably in a casual setting. Customers enjoy their entree of choice — whether it be broiled saba, teriyaki beef or shrimp and vegetable tempura, just to name a few — alongside salad, rice, miso soup and a range of small appetizers.

Patrons may initially be drawn to Teishoku for its set meals, but they yearn to return once they see the wide array of other Japanese flavors on the menu, such as curry, gyoza, nigiri and sushi rolls. One of the most popular offerings is the customizable ramen selection, which presents char siu, vegetable or chicken katsu simmering in a choice of shoyu, miso or paitan broths.


Foodies interested in finding the hottest spots for ramen should check out Teishoku Restaurant, where Char Siu Ramen with Paitan broth ($8.95) is a best-seller. The soup gets its rich flavors from the smooth, buttery pork-bone broth that’s cooked more than 10 hours with dried scallops, scallions and dried shrimp. The velvety soup base is bolstered by a heap of ramen noodles, fish cake, bamboo shoots and the main attraction, savory slices of char siu.

Teishoku Restaurant

Kamehameha Shopping Center
1620 N. School St., C-2, Kalihi
Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96817

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