Monday, March 5, 2018

Goma Tei Ramen (Pearlridge)

Goma Tei Ramen has multiple locations on Oahu. This blog post covers the spot at Pearlridge Uptown on Moanalua Road in Aiea, Hawaii.

In doing his Hawaii blog posts, the panda somehow forgot to mention this spot. I came here right after the new year with a friend, and had been wanting to try this place for some time.

Ramen is the main item on their menu, but you can also get curry bowls, chicken bowls, and side orders of various items.

I ordered the Tan Tan Ramen ($10.75), obviously asking for it extra spicy. The broth is amazing. Rich and hearty, with a spicy sesame flavor. Even when getting it extra spicy, I could still appreciate the sesame. Spice level for me would be maybe a 2/10 max. But the thick slab of char siu pork attempted to steal the show. I can't recall ever getting a piece of pork that thick in my ramen - and one that was so tender.

Hawaii may still be 80 degrees in winter, but I could see myself easily wolfing down another bowl right after the first one.

My friend and I came here when the place was not nearly as crowded as it could be. Other people have mentioned that the service (and overall experience) could depend on the day and how busy it is.

As of this blog post, there are at least four other Goma Tei locations: Ward Village, Ala Moana, Waikiki (on Kalakaua), and Kahala.

Hawaii luckily has no shortage of ramen spots, and I had a great experience at Goma Tei. 8.5/10

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