Food La La: Iyo Udon opens at Ala Moana

Jun. 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

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BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Iyo Udon opened its first location in Hawaii last weekend at Ala Moana Center. They specialize in “fast food style” udon bowls that are tasty and affordable. They also offer tons of tempura and musubi.

General manager Kazu Michimoto, left, and executive director Masayuki Hamaya posed for a photo.

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There is a large selection of tempura to choose from.

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My favorite tempura is the mixed vegetable ball. It’s really delicious when you mix it into the bowl and the pieces of vegetables fall apart in the broth.

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The hot dogs are cut up to look like octopus.

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The standard Spam musubi and an interesting Portuguese sausage musubi.

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The Bukkake Udon ($3.75) is one of the cheapest bowls on the menu. It’s topped with tempura flakes and green onions. This would be good to order if you’re planning to eat a lot of tempura items.

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The Kamaage Udon ($3.75) is served with freshly boiled noodles that come with a dipping sauce.

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If noodles aren’t your thing, there are beef, pork, and curry bowls that come with rice. This is the Beef Sukiyaki Bowl ($6.25).

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This is what I ordered! I got the Ontama Niku Bukkake Udon ($6.25) with a soft boiled egg and sukiyaki (try saying that three times fast!). The noodles are really long, fresh, and have a slightly chewy texture. The best part was poking the egg so the yolk oozed into the soup.

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My friend Cory Mitsui got the Curry Udon ($5.25). I almost ordered this because I like Japanese curry, but I wanted to try one with broth. Next time I will be sure to try this!

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Iyo Udon is located on the second level, Ewa side of Ala Moana Shopping Center at 1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
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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.

  • rarnedsoum

    wow. reasonable prices. especially in a shopping center. must investigate.