Oahu’s Triple D – Ezogiku Noodle Cafe (Ala Moana)
The posts can only get more exciting… don’t worry, we are getting there. 😉 Let’s just get the boring stuff out of the way first!
Ezogiku Noodle Cafe has multiple locations around Honolulu area. We visited the one by Don Quixote (can you tell we love that supermarket?) and ordered the Char Siu ramen ($7.25) and Miso Ramen ($6.25).
The char siu (BBQ pork) ramen is just average. The char siu is lean and pretty bland. It’s not like the BBQ pork I get from a chinese meat shop (siu lap poh). The soup looks thick but it’s not full of flavour. It’s oily enough to be ramen base but it’s not as buttery tasting as it should be. The gyoza and fried rice is surprisingly good as side dishes. The ramen noodle was cooked el dente, not soggy and it’s slightly chewy.
The miso ramen was more flavourful than the char siu ramen even though the soup is more clear. Other than the soup flavour, everything else tasted the same. My friend added more kick to the soup by adding some sriracha sauce which made a nice difference. I don’t like adding sauces to flavourful soups but this shows how bland the ramen soups are.
Overall, I’m not really too impressed with Ezogiku for a number of reasons. First, I’ve had better in Honolulu, such as Goma-tei in Ala Moana and they’re not even that good. Second, I’ve had MUCH better at home in Vancouver, in a packet. If you want decent ramen in Oahu, you may need to steer clear of chain restaurants.