Hawaii Mom Blog: Kyoto Ramen Yotteko-ya




October 4, 2009

Kyoto Ramen Yotteko-ya

Thanks to @Living2Shop with her query of where I would recommend eating Ramen, I was really craving it myself. So after a little Walmart shopping, Yotteko-ya in the McCully Shopping Center was the call.

Although Gomaichi was a nearby choice, I was really craving the Paitan Ramen from Yotteko. Yotteko has 3 different broths to choose from and prepared in a variety of ways like Chashu Shoyu Ramen or Yasai Tonshio (Salt) Ramen. But for me, I always go with the Paitan Ramen which is what they specialize in. Paiten is cloudy broth soup with plenty of collagen. Collagen has been known to help prevent aging of the skin and joints. So not only does it taste great, it's good for you!
There are about 14 different bowls of Ramen to choose from so take your time when ordering. If it's available, you may want to try their special Kakuni Paitan Ramen. This dish is dine-in only and they only have a limited amount of bowls to serve. This is the Paitan Ramen broth that's topped with chunks of their special Chasu (the photo is not the Kakuni). The Chasu here melts in your mouth, you almost have to wonder if it really is pork! Once you've decided and put your order in, you can also opt between Japanese style noodles (traditional firmer type) or Hawaiian which is softer like Saimin. I like mine firmer so that what I went with.

I also like my Paitan with a little kick so I ordered some Kim Chee on the side. I'm not sure if it's homemade but it sure looked and tasted like it.

And who can eat Ramen without the Gyoza? Their Gyoza is a little different. Very plump and with large cuts of garlic chives and cabbage in them. Not the best I've ever had, but still delicious.

Yotekko also has an ala carte menu with non-Ramen dishes to choose from like Chicken Karaage, Yakibuta Chahan (pork fried rice) or Ebi with chili sauce. So if you're with a friend and they don't feel like Ramen there's something for them too. Check out Yotekko the next time you're near Kapiolani, you'll be happy you did since it's Ramen but, with a twist ;)

McCully Shopping Center
1960 Kapiolani Blvd., 2nd floor
Lunch Mon-Sun: 11:30am - 2pm
Dinner Mon-Sat: 5:30pm - 10pm, Sun/Holidays: 5:30pm - 9pm
Closed on Wednesdays

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