Chinpei Ramen.

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.

Chinpei Ramen

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


  1. Monica

    Never been here but it looks great! I love gyoza ><
    I can't recall the name but there's this really good ramen shop in Waikiki near Jamba Juice. . . Menchanko or something like that. 🙂 You should try it! They have like mini ramen sizes woo!

  2. Gerry

    Hi there! Is it okay that I go a bit off topic? I’m trying to view your website on my iPad but it doesn’t display properly, do you have any suggestions? Thanks! Gerry

  3. Haein

    Monica – Hopefully, you remember so we can go together! Mini-sized anything is always good too!
    Jessica – I totally know what you mean. I think i just got accustomed to the Japanese-style ramen living here.
    Gerry – Sorry, I don’t have anything suggestions! I’m not the most apple/ipad savvy.

  4. kasha

    my mouth is salivating to the point of droolas I type this very comment. this is definitely one of the BIGGEST things I miss about good ol’ hawaii. japanesu ramen !!!!!! like you, i only began to appreciate ramen in hawaii AFTER i moved away from it all. seattle cant compare. i’m still on my hunt to find a good place and all have not been up to par. and hopefully one day i….(or even we 🙂 ) will be able to experience the divinity of authenic ramen in japan, ne! but despite that. please remember me during your next sitting for this glorious bowl of ramen, that as you bite into that succulent piece of char siu and slurp that delicious, savory broth. gahhhhhhhhh i want ramen!

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