I did it. I survived the first two weeks of my senior year as college student. Whewwwww. While I could totally attribute my victory in this squabble with school to numerous factors, one indispensable and tremendously influential aspect of my college life thus far stands out: Ramen. Sure, I’ve refrained from meeting friends and going to parties, been begrudgingly glued to word documents on the computer screen, pulled zombie-forming all nighters, and followed other practices of abnegation. However, one affordable luxury and comforting source of sustenance has dependably been ramen.
I must admit though, the kind of ramen I grew up with and am still quite fond of is the cheap, red packaged Shin ramen you find at grocery stores. So you can imagine my sheer amazement and utter excitement in finding out that there is so much more to gourmet ramen than having a well-flavored soup base packet and adding an egg to it.
I’ve sorely underestimated ramen and although it seems as though I can find it at every other restaurant in Hawaii, I’ve under-appreciated it. Lucky for busy little me, I’ve finally discovered one of my new favorite ramen places! Chinpei Ramen doesn’t initially strike one as an eye-appealing or hunger-enticing kind of joint, but trust me on this here, it’s very much worth the visit. It’s comfort food in all its Asian glory and it satisfies any and every such kind of craving. Seriously, they’ve got some hard-to-match sweet deals with three dollar draft Kirin and ten to twelve dollar combos including a ginormous bowl of ramen, a side of chicken curry or fried rice, and a 4-piece order of gyoza. My mouth is watering as I speak type.
I can’t put my finger on what sets this place apart exactly. Perhaps it’s the quaint and cozy feel to this honest and unpretentious restaurant, the family-feel and friendly service from the employees, and the conveniently-close-to-my-house location. Or, maybe it’s just the flavorful broth, chewy noodles (available thick or thin), succulent charsiu slices, and medley of bean sprouts and bamboo shoots that keep me addicted and coming back for my regular ramen fix. Whatever it is, I hope it never stops.
2080 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday – Friday;
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday