Goma-Tei Ramen, Honolulu
February 13, 2015
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At first I was a little skeptical about Goma-Tei, given that the pictures showed what looked to be the kind of ramen that tries to compensate for real flavor by adding a lot of hot pepper and only uses cooked eggs. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The shoyu broth that I got was quite good. Usually when you get pork, you either get cubes or thinner slices, here there were round pieces of chashu, but cut like thick cubes. The pork was melt-in mouth soft, and very good. The picture below is midway through eating to give an impression of how robust the pieces were. Add-ins were otherwise mostly unremarkable, at least with what I got. There were options that came with more veggies on the menu.
However, one thing that really stands out here was the gyoza. They were just incredibly fresh and homemade tasting, with visible pieces of green and white onion. Given the “char siu” spelling for the pork and the taste of the gyoza (which were a bit more like Chinese pan fried dumplings); the Chinese influence is manifest. However, it’s a tasty place to get some noodle soup, and some excellent pan fried pork dumplings.