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Off Track: How a Noodle Factory in Kalihi Fueled America’s Ramen Boom

January 24, 2021

From the Honolulu Magazine website

This is Honolulu Magazine article that first appeared in their November 2014 issue. At the time of the article – “Nine of the top 10 ramen restaurants named by The New York Times—and all but one of the 56 ramen shops in Honolulu—use Sun Noodle.”

Sun Noodle did not start America’s ramen revolution. But it certainly seems that way, when nine of the top 10 ramen restaurants named by The New York Times—and all but one of the 56 ramen shops in Honolulu—use Sun Noodle.

Not bad for a little factory from Kalihi. Thirty-three years ago, Hidehito Uki founded Sun Noodle. He was only 20 years old and hardly spoke any English. Uki’s father, a noodle maker in Togichi, Japan, had been working on a project in Honolulu that fell through, so Uki moved to Hawai‘i to adopt the small noodle machine that got left behind. There were only three ramen restaurants in the entire city, but he started making ramen anyway.

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