Goma Tei Ramen

Posted on | Friday, April 29, 2011 | No Comments

The other night we were craving some Ramen, so we went to Goma Tei located at the Ala Moana Mall facing Ala moana Blvd in Waikiki.

This restaurant offers high chairs, very kid friendly, and is conveniently located in one of the biggest outdoor malls in the World.

My wife ordered the Tonkatsu Shoyu Ramen, which consists of a soy based broth, wheat noodles, chicken katsu and spinach. Since she was sharing with our daughter, we added boiled eggs

     I ordered the side of chicken curry rice for only 2.95$. Thankfully,  it tasted better then it looked.

Our daughter loved the noodle soup!

    We also ordered a side of Gyoza, handmade dumplings pan fried with a vinegar soy sauce.
I could tell they were made from scratch, unlike some places that just toss some premade frozen Gyozas in the fryer.
Here is a snapshot of the menu.

Our total bill was only $21.48. Not bad considering the quality of food and location.

Our family experience at Goma Tei was great. We went on a Thursday evening, it wasn't that crowded, and the service was great. The only complaint we noted was that the Ramen was really salty, possibly due to  MSG they add.  If your family likes noodle soup, we highly recommend you give this place a shot.

3 out 5 pineapples

Shrimp Shack

Posted on | Monday, April 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

The Shrimp Shack is one of many popular shrimp trucks that specialize in selling local farm raised shrimp cooked up and served plate lunch style. 

The majority of the shrimp trucks are located at the North Shore, but they can be found almost anywhere since most of them are mobile. The Shrimp Shack has been featured in the Travel Channel's Beach Eats series and won a people's choice award.

As you can see the menu is quite extensive and features an array of different local foods with some unexpected items such as crab legs.  There are picnic tables to the right of the truck for seating making this as casual as gets eatery.  

We had the spicy shrimp and the pan fried garlic shrimp plates. We also tried the guava tropical juice and the 100% Kona Coffee float with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The shrimp plates and the floats were just OK. There is a huge selection of Shrimp trucks on the island so I guess we are a little spoiled.

 I will say this about the Shrimp Shack. The service was friendly, it is cheaper/tastier then Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, and the location next to a beautiful beach is an added bonus. Our families' favorite shrimp truck is hands down Big Wave Shrimp in Haleiwa Town, North Shore. We have tried a dozen and they still have the edge in my honest opinion.

However, that shouldn't stop your family from stopping by the Shrimp Shack for a snack if you are in the area.

We rate the Shrimp Shack 3 out 5 pineapples

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