Marukame Udon (Hawaii 2017): Nikutama Udon
Our last meal in Waikiki this year was appropriately at one of our favourite spots… Marukame Udon. If you haven’t enjoyed their special Sanuki-style udon noodles, you really haven’t lived.
I suppose one of the reasons why this place is so popular is because you can customize your meal in so many ways… want to add a soft-boiled egg to your noodles? No problem. Want to add some tempura? There’s a huge station of freshly fried up veggies and meats that you can pick and choose from.
While we’ve had pretty much their entire menu at one point or another, we were just looking for a early dinner before we caught our flight back home to Vancouver and decided on the large Nikutama ($7.25) with a light fish and seaweed broth topped with sweet beef and caramelized onions and a soft-boiled egg. To that, we added a prawn, fish cake, asparagus, and squid tempura.
Words can’t describe how good this udon is. The firm and chewy noodles have a squarish shape with flat sides that gives it more body. We’ve learned over the years that it’s best to avoid the lineups here by going at the off-peak hours (this is a great place to pick up a tasty breakfast).
2310 Kuhio Ave #124
Posted on July 17, 2017, in Japanese, Noodle House, Restaurant Review and tagged Food, Hawaii, Honolulu, Nikutama Udon, Noodle House, Oahu, restaurant review, Sanuki Udon, Tempura, Udon, Waikiki. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.