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Select some soba satisfaction

Inside Feature

June 20, 2021

Story By: Don Robbins | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

CAPELLINI ($14.80)
These noodles are dressed with a tomato-garlic oil sauce made from an original recipe, and topped with cucumber and shiso.

Shingen Hawaii focuses on the finest quality dishes containing handmade soba noodles.

The people of Japan have eaten soba for centuries and it is valued for its healthful effects, possessing essential nutrients.

Besides its acclaimed buckwheat soba with flour that originates directly from Japan, the eatery also offers noodles including ingredients such as top-notch Philippine moringa powder and ube.

Dishes are served with flavorful dipping sauces and other condiments. Other highlights at this cozy Japanese restaurant are the udon and crisp tempura.

UBE UDON ($10.80)
Powder made from ube, a type of yam from the Philippines, is kneaded into udon noodles to create a beautiful purple color. The texture is smooth and firm, so it can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

One example, the tomato-based cold noodle dish Capellini ($14.80), is “a little bit spicy and perfect for hot summer days. It can also be served with Tabasco if you like,” shares Shingen Hawaii president Shohichi Nakatani.

Meanwhile, check out the vibrant hue of Ube Udon ($10.80).

Ube is a type of yam, a purple sweet potato, with a sticky texture and mild flavor.

EBI TEMPURA OROSHI ($18.80)
This is a refreshing Japanesestyle menu item. It is served with Shingen’s signature prawn tempura and other popular tempura items, as well as plenty of grated daikon for a pleasing meal.

“It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is known as one of the superfoods,” Nakatani explains.

Then, there’s the eatery’s acclaimed Moringa Soba ($10.80). Nakatani says that moringa is the next generation of superfoods, a plant that is said to be a miracle tree containing more than 90 kinds of rich nutrients.

“We recommend this buckwheat noodle to health-conscious customers because it provides nutrients that are often lacking in buckwheat noodles alone. The aroma is similar to that of mugwort and the appearance is a refreshing green that can be enjoyed by both mouth and eyes,” Nakatani notes.

MORINGA SOBA ($10.80)
High-quality moringa from the Philippines is worked into Shingen’s buckwheat noodles using an original formula.

The company president also recommends the Ebi Tempura Oroshi ($18.80).

“This is a must-try dish for the hot summer season. We hope you will mix the ingredients and enjoy it all at once,” Nakatani says.

Right now, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the eatery’s hours are variable and depend on the customers.

“Once the tier system is completely lifted, we may extend the hours,” explains Nakatani. Besides dine-in lunch and dinner, the restaurant also offers takeout and delivery options.

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