Hawaii Mom Blog: Ramen Festival at Shirokiya - Menya Ifudoudou




September 3, 2011

Ramen Festival at Shirokiya - Menya Ifudoudou

I had to post this right away, because the food in these photos will no longer be available in Hawaii after a few days. In fact, I believe it'll only be available thru Monday, September 5th.

If you are a fan of ramen, you need to try it. It's part of Shirokiya's "Ramen Festival", where they bring in ramen vendors from Japan to showcase their ramen for a limited time. This week, they invited Menya Ifudoudou to come to Hawaii. You can find them on the second floor, mauka end of the store.

We went on a Friday night at around 7:30 pm and there was a crowd. There was a line to order, and then there was a cluster of folks who were waiting for their number to be called.

You basically have two options - the Kuroton

or the Akaton

We both ordered the kuroton because we didn't want to eat anything spicy. The lady in front of us who knew Japanese told us that kuroton translated to "black", and that the broth had burnt garlic in it (hence the black color). Sounds good to me.

Kuroton Char Siu Sibori
Kuruton Sibori

The noodles they used were not the kind of noodles that you usually see at ramen shops in Hawaii. I think most shops here use Sun Noodles. These noodles were whiter, thinner. I wonder if they were made by them from scratch. Either way, what makes this ramen ono is the broth. It is on the oily side, but there is so much flavor. I did not have to add shoyu, which I often have to do at ramen shops.

The portion is small considering the price, but it's well worth it.

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