It’s been so cold lately.
In fact, with the exception of last night, I’ve been wearing pajamas to bed every night and sleeping under three layers of blankets.
And it’s almost April!
So lately I’ve had a craving for ramen — that warm bowl of noodles is the perfect cold-weather dish.
My girlfriend suggested we try Menchanko Tei on Keeaumoku Street, which opened this location in May 2012. The original shop was founded in Hakata, Japan in 1980 by Akihide Yonehama, who then opened up shops in Fukuoka, Manhattan and Honolulu.
I hadn’t been since it opened here — there was a location in Waikiki — and I was eager to try something new.
So here’s what our recent lunch looked like:
Inside Menchanko Tei
This ramen shop — its first location outside of Waikiki — opened here last year in the space vacated by Go Shi Go and Broadway Seafood & Oyster Bar on Keeaumoku Street. But I remember this spot most as the location where my beloved Taishoken Ramen once was. It was hard going back!
Menchanko Tei, 903 Keeaumoku St. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. daily. Phone: (808) 946-1888