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Celebrate the season with a cool winter menu

A La Carte

December 26, 2021

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Curry Nanban ($15.80)

Following Shingen Hawaii’s successful relocation from Waikiki to Moiliili amid the unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant team continues to serve up an intriguing variety of delicious Japanese cuisine.

Shingen Hawaii features popular Japanese dishes, including soba noodles crafted from buckwheat flour imported from Japan. According to Shingen Hawaii president Shohichi Nakatani, soba has long been popular in Japan as a healthy food and has been eaten on various occasions as a lucky charm.

Chikara ($15.80)

The restaurant at 2334 S. King St. also draws rave reviews for its udon, curry and tempura selections, as well as specialty dishes. A new winter menu is available, and guests can enjoy special seasonal options like Oyster Nanban ($18.80), a warm soba noodle dish featuring rich seafood, and Chikara ($15.80), a rice cake eaten in Japan as a good luck charm. Curry Nanban ($15.80), meanwhile, is perfect during a cool winter evening.

“Curry is one of everyone’s favorite foods, isn’t it?” Nakatani muses. “Curry is one of the most popular foods in the world, and even in Hawaii it can get chilly in the winter. Please enjoy the harmony from the sweetness of the onions and the savory soup stock.”

Oyster Nanban ($18.80)

The restaurant will be open for extended hours on New Year’s Eve, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with last call at 10 p.m. Shingen Hawaii continues to offer takeout and free delivery service for customers from downtown to Hawaii Kai (delivery may not be available on New Year’s Eve), so guests can enjoy items like Toshikoshi soba noodles, which represent long life.

“In the spring and summer, we plan to introduce new menus, so please look forward to those,” Nakatani says. “I would like to thank all of our customers for making it possible to continue doing business for another year, and I wish you all good health and happiness in the coming year.”

Note: On New Year’s Eve, happy hour will not be available, and guests are encouraged to call the restaurant to make early reservations and to place takeout orders.

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