Staying on Oahu? Visit Momosan Ramen Waikiki! It’s a must.
The brainchild of Chef Morimoto and his second ramen restaurant — Momosan Ramen Waikiki is right next door to the left of Morimoto Asia. On the corner of Kalakaua Ave and Lili’uokalani Ave facing Waikiki Beach Center at the Alohilani Resort block complex.
If you’re a bit sandy and not quite dressed up enough for more formal dining, this option allows you into Chef Morimoto’s world without losing the lowkey, relaxed vibe of Waikiki. It’s the perfect ending to after a day at the beach!
We visited one evening during the pouring rain and chose to sit outside, and the umbrellas protected us from the elements — delivering a rainforest-like atmosphere.
Wondering what to order at Momosan Ramen Waikiki?
As an appetizer, we chose the Tetsunabe Pork Gyozas — pork and chive gyozas with ginger scallion sauce and a sake finish. The gyozas came to the table sizzling like a wildfire. Pop, pop, pop, crackle! Hot, oily, divine.
I then mowed down a bowl of Tonkotsu ramen. Pork chashu, aji-tama, takana, kikurage, toasted nori, garlic oil, and soy tare. Barrett ordered the Tantan noodles — packed with spicy coconut curry, pork chashu, red miso ground pork, aji-tama, cilantro.
Now, I like anything Chef Morimoto, so I arrived already a fan, but the food solidified the love.
On the menu you’ll also find artwork of a pig explaining various cuts of pork.
Apart from what we tried, there are your standard ramen noodle options available like Tokyo Chicken, Butabara, and Cold Tan Tan. Alternative appetizers include tetsunabe wagyu hamburg steak, spicy pork egg rolls, and house-roasted duck tacos that also looked delicious. I was envious of a nearby table.
After leaving, make sure to walk a few blocks down the strip and visit the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue.