FUUD: Takahashiya Tonkotsu Ramen on Kapahulu

I can’t even tell you when it opened.

But one day, it was there. Takahashiya Tonkotsu Ramen, touting its tonkotsu-style noodles straight from Kyushu in Japan.

I first had authentic tonkotsu ramen earlier this year when I visited Fukuoka and sampled the pork-based ramen the area is known for.

And let me tell you: it was stupidly good.

Every prefecture in Japan has its own variation of ramen, and in Fukuoka it’s tonkotsu. The cloudy dashi, or broth, is made from boiling pork bones, fat and collagen for hours, infusing the broth with a hearty — and distinct — pork flavor. It’s rich, it’s flavorful, it’s addictively delicious.

So when I saw that this new spot was selling tonkotsu ramen literally five miles from where I live, I put it high on my list of places to eat.

Except parking is tough — you have to find street parking on Kapahulu, and that’s never easy during lunch — and, well, a slew of new restaurants have opened in recent months, too. So it took me awhile to get there.

But I did. And here’s what my recent lunch looked like:

Takahashi Ramen

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This ramen shop, which opened in September, specializes in authentic tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen. I had to check it out.

Takahashi Ramen, 726 Kapahulu Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday through Sunday; 5-10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday through Sunday.

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11 Responses to “FUUD: Takahashiya Tonkotsu Ramen on Kapahulu”

  1. M October 19, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Hello Cat!
    Happy fuud pixs Friday!
    I been passing this place everytime and thought about checking it out and you beat me to it. It looks really tasty and can’t wait to try it.

    • Catherine Toth October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      GO GO GO! I think you’ll like it. Can park in the back.

  2. Annoddah Dave October 19, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    CAT: Aaaiiiyyyaaahhh! Fuud Pix! Tenks! So this makes 3 ramen shops on Kapahulu ave. How does this one compare to the other 2?

    • Catherine Toth October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      Hmm. Three…? Tenkaippin Ramen and Rai Rai, right? I thought there was another one. In any event, I think I like this one the best. If only because it reminds me of my trip to Fukuoka. :)

  3. M October 19, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Cat, congrats on your Social Media award!

    • Catherine Toth October 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      WOOT! Thanks! I don’t feel like I deserve it, though!

  4. DIO October 19, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    would you re-clarify the address (street number)? You listed it as 726. If I’m not mistaken, that’s (is/was?) Ono Hawaiian Foods address. Did Ono close and I didn’t realize it? Could this place be perhaps next door, in what used to be New Kapahulu Chop Suey’s location?

  5. M October 19, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    I think it’s next door to Ono Hawaiian Foods, the former New Kapahulu Chop Suey.

  6. dbjack October 20, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    That looks stupidly good! A bit pricey though…. but hey isn’t everything post QEII…. can’t wait to see how much prices go up sans QEIII.

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