My sister heard that Yotteko-Ya in Honolulu was a great place to eat ramen, so a couple of days ago, my mom and I had lunch there to check it out. It absolutely did not disappoint.
interior Yotteko-Ya, all photos: Stefania Pomponi Butler
If I were to choose my number one favorite type of food in the whole world, it would have to be noodles, specifically noodles in soup. Vietnamese pho or duck noodles, Korean mul naeng myun (check out that photo) or spicy yu kae jang, Chinese pork and pickled vegetable noodle soup or dan dan mein, Indonesian lakhsas, and Japanese ramen, I love it all. But there is a special place in my heart for ramen.
When your favorite movie ever is Tampopo (a movie about the quest for the perfect bowl of ramen) you know it's an obsession, but hey, weird obsessions are what make me ME. I can't describe my undying love for a steamy, hot bowl of ramen, but my sister understands. She's my partner in noodle soup eating crime and, at least in the San Francisco area, we are constantly on the hunt for the best noodles. In a way I'm glad she wasn't with us on this visit because this ramen has ruined me for any other ramen.
Eat ramen and look younger? Okay! Would a bowl a ramen make my fine-lines disappear before BlogHer? I actually didn't need that enticement to tuck into a bowl of spicy yasai paitan ramen topped with stir-fried veggies, but I did make sure to eat my silky soup until the last drop. I slurped it all up, it was so delicious. Did I look younger? Was my skin firmer? Who cares! All I know is that my ramen was the bomb and that Yotteko-ya will be one of my first stops whenever I return to Honolulu. Wonder if they can rocket to San Francisco.