February 13, 2015
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On the second floor of a small plaza packed with Asian restaurants on Kapiolani Blvd, there is the the very delicious Yotteko-Ya. We went on a Saturday evening, and there was no waiting for a table in the small restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious.
There are a range of broths there, including a very good paitan (white/milky broth) broth shown below.
The Katsuo-dashi broth was quite good as well, if of course, a lot lighter than the paitan. The chashu and veggies were very good. One nice element is that they give you an option of a firmer or softer noodle. Firmer, chewier noodles are more characteristic of ramen overall, but a softer noodle is closer to local Hawaiian saimin and more Kyoto style. However, I went with a firm noodle, just because that’s my favorite. Overall, very good ramen. I would have maybe like to see some more add-ins, like a nice egg on the menu, but I was very happy and I would love to eat at this place again. Those who live nearby are very fortunate.
It is worth noting that their gyoza are quite tasty as well.
However, I think an important thing to add about the Yotteko-Ya experience is that the front of the menu makes some very strong health claims. I am certainly biased towards hoping to believe in them, but it is claimed that the collagen rich broth will help keep skin and joints young.