Food La La: Soda and more at iLand Soda

Nov. 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

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BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Last week I checked out iLand Soda, a cute Japanese food and drink truck located on the corner of S. King St. and Sheridan St. near Yajima Service Station. My friends have told me about this place for a while, so I finally went to try their Italian sodas, sandwiches and popular abura soba dish.

iLand Soda has been open for about a year and is run by Chef Asao “Mani” Maniwa and his wife, Anna.

Their vitamin soda drinks ($3.50) are refreshing and not overly saccharine (sans the whipped cream). They have a variety of flavors including hibiscus, lilkoi, and guava. My friend Masako Nakano and I tried kiwi and hibiscus.

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The straws are adorable!

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The main attraction at iLand Soda, however, is the abura soba, ramen-style egg noodles with toppings — but instead of soup it comes with a spicy and oily sauce. You can choose what toppings you want (char siu, kikurage, tamago, and takana) or get it all for $12. You can also get extra noodles for free.

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After having my first bite, I realized why it is so popular. The homemade raiyu (oil-based chili sauce) is addicting and goes great with the noodles. Even though I wanted to save room for dessert, I couldn’t stop eating the noodles. Also, be sure to ask for vinegar if you want to add an extra kick of flavor.

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If noodles aren’t your thing, iLand Soda also has daily lunch plate specials for $9, which includes dishes like loco moco, pork chops and oxtail soup. The menu changes daily; find out what’s new via their Facebook page. They also serve a selection of savory and sweet sandwiches ($6.50).

This is the basil chicken sandwich, which was quite hefty.

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For dessert, my friend and I tried the azuki cream sandwich ($6.50). Definitely try it if you are an azuki fan! They also have a cinnamon banana cream sandwich I want to try next.

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iLand Soda is located at 926 Sheridan St. and is open daily (except Sunday) from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at foodlalablog@gmail.com.

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