Food La La: New ramen truck opens in Waikiki

Jul. 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Junichi Kamitoku and Shinichi Kamitoku

BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know about my obsession with ramen. This week I checked out a new ramen truck in Waikiki called Kamitoku. It’s located in the new Pau Hana Market, a hui of six food trucks in a parking lot at 234 Beachwalk Ave. It’s a cute setup with picnic benches and giant umbrellas for diners.

trucks

The original Kamitoku is located in Ginza, Japan and is owned by Junichi Kamitoku. His brother, Shinichi Kamitoku, will take care of the Waikiki location. Eventually the brothers plan to open an actual ramen shop in Hawaii.

Kamitoku specializes in Gyukotsu ramen, which is broth made from beef instead of the more common Tonkotsu broth made with pork. Gyukotsu ramen originated from Tottori, a prefecture of Japan in the southern part of Honshu. There are four types of ramen to choose from: Beefy Cold, Beefy Miso, Beefy Light and Beefy Wild.

menu

This was my first time trying Gyukotsu-style ramen. The beef broth is lighter than pork broth but still has lots of flavor. I got the spicy version (Beefy Wild, $9.75), which had just the right amount of heat. The pork topping was very soft and tender. My favorite part was the silky soft-boiled egg.

“This is soul food for the people of Tottori,” Junichi Kamitoku said.

beef broth

It was an especially humid the day I visited, so the cold ramen bowl (Beefy Cold, $9.75) was perfect. The creamy sesame sauce with green onions was light and refreshing. I’m craving it again just by looking at the picture!

cold noodle

Kamitoku is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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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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