Meeting Your Noodle NeedsA La Carte Columns
August 6, 2017
Story By: Kelli Shiroma | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
When it comes to authenticity, in terms of noodles and Japanese comfort food, Manichi Ramen can’t be beat. The shop, located on Kona Street, is famous for its ramen and gyoza — the latter of which has been named “Japan’s No. 1 gyoza.”
The Honolulu restaurant opened about three years ago, according to investor Billy Robillard, and the name Manichi stands for a shortened version of “House of Manchuria.”
Manichi Ramen had humble beginnings, originating in 1953 as a gyoza cart. The owner’s son eventually took over the popular on-the-go business and turned it into one of the most famous ramen shops in Fukuoka, Japan. Since then, Manichi Ramen has evolved into a global brand, with locations all over the world.
The ramen shop still continues to use the brand’s original gyoza, noodle and soup recipes. So, not only can you guarantee unparalleled customer service during your visit, but also high-quality ingredients and delicious food.
The eatery currently has three locations on Oahu — the Kona Street restaurant, as well as inside of Ala Moana Center’s Shirokiya Japan Village Walk and in Windward Mall.
GOT (SOY) MILK?
If you’re a fan of almond and soy milk, or if you’re lactose intolerant, order Soy Milk Ramen ($13.50) from Manichi Ramen on Kona Street. This dish debuted on Manichi’s menu six months ago as a healthier — but still tasty — alternative, since this type of broth is popular in Japan. This entree features a miso base, 100 percent unsweetened organic soy milk and vegetables, including watercress from Sumida or Nakatani Farms, kikurage mushrooms and beni shoga, or red ginger. On a hot summer day, the lighter-yet-creamy broth is sure to please, regardless if you’re sensitive to dairy or not.
1430 Kona St., Honolulu
Daily, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (last call)