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Goma Tei Ramen at the International Marketplace (Hawaii 2017): Char Siu Ramen and Curry Loco Moco

Goma Tei Ramen is a Japanese noodle house that’s located on the top floor of the newly renovated International Marketplace in Waikiki. For those that remember the former International Marketplace as a dizzying array of Hawaiian trinket and souvenir shops, you’re in for a big surprise when you come back here. While they’ve saved the large banyan tree, the marketplace itself is quite modern now and resembles many of the other upscale outdoor shopping malls in Hawaii.
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Ippudo Asakusa ROX (Tokyo 2016): Tonkotsu Ramen

You can’t talk about Japanese food without mentioning ramen. This quintessential comfort food touches the heart of many people so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Japan has quite a few of these ramen shops, each one serving a slightly different version.
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Full Ramen – Fleetwood Noodle Shop

Can you find good noodles outside of the downtown core? The answer is obviously “yes” but they tend to be few and far between.
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Kamamarui Ramen & Don – Chashu Ramen

Nothing makes me happier than a big bowl of noodles! Kamamarui is one of those ramen locations that has a very limited menu offering
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Ramengers

Vancouver has been going through another phase when ramen shops have been popping up all over town. Ramengers is a newish noodle house that opened up along Kingsway (in the same mini mall as Star Anise) about a year ago.
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Menya Japanese Noodle – Nagahama Ramen

Menya Japanese Noodle has been located at the corner of Yukon and West Broadway for years and I’ve passed by it countless times wondering if it was any good. During the hectic xmas shopping rush, I found refuge here and was quite pleased by the company and the food (as the ramen really warmed up my chest).
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Kamamarui Ramen & Sushi Revisit

What possessed me to have a bowl of hot ramen on such a warm summer day?
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Kamamarui Ramen & Sushi

Kamamarui Ramen & Sushi is a new Japanese restaurant that opened up on Royal Oak (taking the place of the former Royal Oak Sushi House that closed due to unfortunate circumstances).  I was a bit apprehensive of dining here given the history at this location but then I remembered the storied history of nearby Sushi Oyama and how much I enjoy the food there that I decided to put those thoughts aside.

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Harvest Community Foods – Ramen in Chinatown

What comes to mind when you think of ramen?  Late night study sessions?  Cheap eats when you first move out on your own?  Or just a warm, comforting throwback to your childhood (like a western version of KD Mac & Cheese)? Read the rest of this entry

Kenzo Japanese Noodle House

I’ve often seen Kenzo Japanese Noodle House as I drive past it on Kingsway but from the reviews, I couldn’t really tell if this was a Japanese or Korean place… not that it really matters. Read the rest of this entry

Kawawa Ramen – Tobiko Fried Rice

One of the things that I like about tobiko is the way it “pops” when you bite down on it.  Another thing that I like about tobiko is the way it has a habit of getting stuck in your teeth… you can finish your meal and 1/2 an hour later, you could find a little roe in your mouth (bonus snack!). Read the rest of this entry

Kawawa Ramen

We’ve been thinking about trying the Kawawa Ramen next to the all-you-can-eat sushi place in Metropolis for a while now.  Since we weren’t a real fan of the AYCE sushi next door and there seemed to be tons of bad reviews of Kawawa Ramen, I really wasn’t expecting much.  I was a bit surprised at how busy the place was given all of the bad reviews. Read the rest of this entry