Noods Ramen Bar puts unique spin on traditional dishes

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After starting as a pop-up inside of Osoyami Bar & Grill, Noods Ramen Bar is becoming one of the most popular ramen spots on the island. HI Now host Kainoa Carlson is checking out its new location in Kaimuki.

“We have traditional, un-traditional Japanese ramen,” says owner Blane Nishizawa. “It’s kind of taking cues off of a lot of what’s going on in Japan, as well as we have a little fun with things.”

For example, every Tuesday, you can get the carnitas ramen, a tomato based broth with spices, carnitas pork, ajitamago, elote corn, menma, green onion, cilantro, and sesame seeds. So the next time you’re looking for your Taco Tuesday stop, why not try something different and head over to Noods!

Noods Ramen Bar also offers a variety of vegan options, including the vegan tonkatsu ramen, a shoyu based vegetable broth with almond milk, green onion, corn, spinach, menma, vegan miso ground pork, nori, and smoked negi oil. The restaurant has something for everyone!

“Probably our most popular would be the black garlic tonkatsu ramen,” says Nishizawa. “Tonkatsu is a pork-based broth. It’s nice, creamy, rich, and we have a black garlic oil that we put on top of that.”

Nishizawa says the restaurant’s second most popular dish is the tori paitan ramen, a creamy chicken based broth with green onion, chashu chicken, aji tamago, menma, nori, and negi oil.

“That’s kind of our house specialty, and it takes quite a while to make it,” Nishizawa explains. “It’s really nice and rich, very chicken-y.”

Next time you’re craving ramen, stop by Noods Ramen Bar for lunch or dinner, dine-in or take out! You can even order take out online at