The Hawaiian islands might be in the middle of a summer heat wave, but really, is there such thing as a bad time for ramen? I don’t think so. Having been to Goma Tei on numerous occasions (probably a bazillion times), it was time to try out a few new joints. Golden Pork and Agu Ramen Bistro are two ramen bars that I’ve consistently been hearing a lot about. There was no need to flip a coin. Golden Pork was the nearest and so Golden Pork it was.
While sitting at the ramen bar, Joel and I began chatting about all of the ramen bars popping up in Honolulu. And then, almost instinctively, I said to Joel, “let’s try them all for Exploration: Hawaii.” Joel, a ramen connoisseur of sorts, agreed emphatically. And so a multi-week ramen journey began that would have us tasting over 10 different ramen spots in Honolulu.
Pork buns. New York picked up on the pork bun trend a few years ago and Hawaii has recently (sort of) followed suit. I’m waiting for a Hawaii food truck that just serves a crazy variety of pork buns. These pork buns were delicious. The marinated pork rib sat on a piece of lettuce and was splashed with a concoction of mustard and mayonnaise. By the way, if you ever find yourself in New York City, stop by either Momofuku Noodle Bar or Baohaus. They both make tasty and legit pork buns.
You’ve got to have gyoza whenever you order ramen. I was slightly disappointed with the gyoza here, they would unfortunately break apart as I picked them up with my wooden chopsticks.
Seeing a couple of patrons order the tako (octopus) wasabi, we just had to give it a try. Killer.
I had the Golden Pork Classic, with char siu, green onion, wood ear mushrooms, and nori. The noodles were surprisingly much thinner than what I have become used to in Hawaii (Goma Tei addict, remember), but very similar to ramen that I’ve had in Japan.
Joel had the Black Garlic Original. It’s like the Golden Pork Original, but with lots of garlic…think fried garlic and black garlic oil. Intense flavors.
What a great way (unknowing to us at the time) to kick off about a month-and-a-half of ramen taste testing. Golden Pork is open from 11:30am to 3pm for lunch and then again at 5pm for the dinner crowd. Tip: show up early because the queue gets long and everyone and their aunty orders the pork buns. If you want to have a taste of those delectable buns, then you better show up early.
Golden Pork Tonkotsu Ramen Bar
1279 S King St
Honolulu, HI 96814
11:30am – 9:30am