Sun Noodle Shoyu Ramen turned into Chashumen (Pork Ramen). Toppings include sliced Chashu; the tan “straw” looking items in the center is Menma (Marinated Bamboo Shoots); Also, 2 Quail eggs, 1 slice of US grade medium egg, Nori (that black item on top) sliced Negi (large Japanese Scallion) and regular green onion for presentation.
This is the first installment in the search for Honolulu’s best Ramen! Growing up, we traveled many times to Japan where we stayed at the Teikoku Hoteru (Imperial Hotel) in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Near the hotel were several Ramen shops that were just amazingly oishii. Most famous was their Chashumen, a pork noodle with the most delicious broth in the world.
Well, Hawaii folks are lucky today with the arrival of Sun Noodle ramen. Now any home cook can easily replicate the authentic flavor of Japanese ramen in their kitchen. Pictured above is a bowl of Chashumen I prepared myself using Sun Noodle Shoyu Ramen. See caption for details of the ingredients.
Note that I also prepared the Chashu, a spin of Chinese Charsiu, myself.
Here’s how to make it:
Chashu (for Chashumen)
1 pork butt or belly
1 cup shoyu
1/2 cup mirin
1/2 cup sake
1 finger fresh ginger, slivered
Place all ingredients in pot and simmer on medium-low for approximately 1-1/2 hours. Turn off heat and let it steep for another 1/2 hour in the liquid. Remove cooked Charsiu and let cool, then slice into thin pieces to add to Ramen. Add more shoyu and sake if liquid evaporates to low. Save the cooking liquid and add a little to the ramen broth for extra flavor!
Pictured above is how the ramen is packaged. Notice the FRESH, not dried egg-based noodles. The shoyu soup base is in liquid form with an oily film in it. It’s best to heat the packet up in water briefly to loosen the oil.
To make Chashumen, follow the instructions on the ramen packing, then add toppings as listed above. It’s a MUST that you get the Menma (marinated Bamboo shoots). All these ingredients are available at Marukai. You can also try Daiei. Costco and Sam’s Club has the cheapest price on the Ramen. Look in the refrigerator section where the local foods are.
Gyoza is the perfect accompaniment to Ramen. Here I have Ling Ling brand which is sold in bulk size at Costco. Excellent! My favorite dipping sauce for Gyoza is Ponzu, which is a citrus-flavored soy sauce.
While we’re at it, here’s a bowl of Char Siu Pork Ramen from Gyoza No Ohsho…
Char Siu Pork Ramen, $8.50.
The broth was rather mild but well rounded. I would have prefered a little more character to it though. The only disappointment was the lack of Menma, but otherwise it was satisfying and I’d certainly return for more. I was the only patron in there at the time, so naturally the service from the young host and hostess was attentive and friendly. A customer who later came in ordered Gyoza to go, which he testified was “ono”, so I’ll have to order that next time.
Gyoza No Ohsho store front.
Gyoza No Osho is located in King’s Village Shopping Center on Kaiulani Ave, behind the Hyatt Regency Waikiki.