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A ramen, curry lovers dream

A La Carte

May 9, 2021

Story By: Ginger Keller |

Katsu Curry Rice ($14.50)

With locations scattered across the island, Goma Tei makes it easier than ever to satisfy that curry or ramen craving when it hits. Established in 2005, the eatery — which has restaurants in Ala Moana, Kahala Mall, Pearlridge and Ward Centre — offers authentic Japanese noodles, spanning from mild to extra spicy.

A dish that pays homage to Hawaii’s melting pot of cultures is the Katsu Curry Rice ($14.50), which features Japanese-style curry, with chicken thighs, carrots and onions. A true labor of love, the concoction is cooked for more than 24 hours in a homemade broth for added bursts of flavor. The tonkatsu, meanwhile, is made in-house, and incorporates a pork tenderloin that’s prepared with panko, egg, salt and pepper — a classic mix for any local’s favorite crispy meat. The pork is then deep-fried to perfection — crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. Meanwhile, Hokkaido short- grain rice is used and, according to the Goma Tei team, the vendor keeps the husk on until customers place an order, so the rice stays fresh.

Katsu Curry Udon ($14.99)

If soup is more your style, the Katsu Curry Udon ($14.99) might pique your interest. The noodles are, of course, made in-house, and the recipe was learned in Sanuki, Japan. It’s smooth and cooked al dente.

Those who like all things sweet and sour should try the Sunho Ramen ($12.25).

Another timely feat, this dish comprises a 24-hour cooked homemade broth with stewed chicken, pork bones and vegetables. Featuring no MSG, the dish offers natural richness, with just a hint of something sweet.

Pro-tip: try the Sunho Ramen with shredded pork and Szechuan pickle topping, a favorite coming straight from Goma Tei’s headquarters.

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