A ramen, curry lovers dreamA La Carte
May 9, 2021
Story By: Ginger Keller |
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.
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.