New ramen: Menya Musashi

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Did you notice the little ramen shop that opened quietly this summer, just a couple doors down from Nanzan Giro Giro on Pensacola? Menya Musashi’s first Hawaii location finally had their grand opening Tuesday.

If you haven’t heard, this Japanese restaurant chain specializes in ramen and tsukemen (dipping noodles). Each bowl features a large slice of kakuni (braised pork), menma (bamboo shoots), negi (green onions) and nori. You can choose one of four broths: tonkotsu, shoyu, goma or spicy with your choice of spice level.

My personal favorite is the goma tsukemen. The broth has lots of sesame seeds and is a little thicker. Menya’s tsukemen noodles are also thicker and chewier than their other ramen noodles, with twists in the noodle to pick up more broth when you dip it. Throw in an onsen egg and an extra portion of kakuni for $3 more, and thank me later.

Here’s a look at the spread.

Musashi Don ($8) with kakuni, toriten and fried soft-shell shrimp
This Special Set No. 2 ($15) came with a spicy tsukemen and a side of garlic shrimp bao
Kakuni and Garlic Shrimp Bao ($7)
Special Set No. 1 ($15) is your choice of ramen or tsukemen with a side of three gyoza
Five crispy pan-fried pieces of Gyoza will cost you $7
The "Musashi Ramen" ($15) has an extra portion of tender kakuni and an ajitama (seasoned egg) in tonkotsu broth
The Garlic Shrimp ($7) is soft-shelled, which means you can eat the whole thing, head to tail. It comes with a special made sauce unique to their Hawaii location.
Special Set No. 3 ($16.50) comes with ramen (or tsukemen) and a mini kakuni (or toriten) don
Japanese spices are at the table for you to add a little something extra to your noodles
Even the soup spoons are an homage to Musashi, a famous double sword wielding Japanese swordsman
Onigiri (2 pcs for $4)
Basic Ramen Kakuni ($12) comes with one piece of kakuni (braised pork), menma (bamboo shoots), negi (green onion) and nori
Eight extra toppings are available to add to any ramen or tsukemen ($2 each): Onsen tamago, ajitama, menma, nori, cabbage, spinach, toriten and negi

Menya Musashi Bukotsu Ramen
560 Pensacola St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Lunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner 5 to 10 p.m.