Room for Ramen
by Dillon Sorensen - 4/13/17
Countless eateries have inundated Houston to satiate the city’s cravings for piping bowls of noodles. Chef Hisashi Urehara, executive chef and owner of AGU, a ramen bistro, was inspired by the city’s ethnic and cultural diversity and culinary renaissance – and made the leap from Hawaii to open his first mainland locations.
Agu Ramen Brings Hawaii’s Best Noodles to two Dallas Locations.
by Amy McCarthy - 4/6/17
Dallas has fully embraced poke. The classic Hawaiian dish has taken over the city in a big way, and now a new restaurant from the island hopes that it can have the same kind of success.
Where to drink and eat on the cheap: 12 new happy hour deals offer great bargains at top restaurants
by Marcy de Luna - 4/4/17
Items on the happy hour menu (Monday-Sunday; 3:30 pm-6:30 pm) at casual Hawaii-based newcomer Agu Ramen include sake ($4),
a roster of global beers ($2.50-$4), and creative cocktails ($6) from the Yuzu Gimlet (with sparkling sake, vodka, mint leaves) to the Tiger Lilly (vodka, raspberry liqueur,
pineapple juice) and more.
12 Totally Outrageous Bar Snacks to Try in Houston
by Ellie Sharp - 3/21/17
Ban ban ji kurage
at AGU Ramen
Houston’s Restaurant Shakeup: The Openings, Closings and Future Hotspots
You Need to Know
by Jailyn Marcel - 3/18/17
Hawaii-based Agu Ramen
will open three new locations
this March and April,
joining Agu’s three
which debuted last year.
Houston’s Ramen Restaurant Revolution: Hawaiian Noodle Master Sees the Bayou City
as the Next Frontier
by Laurann Claridge - 3/16/17
Japanese-born, Hawaiian-reared chef Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara is a ramen expert. At age 19, he apprenticed with a strict Japanese chef, peeling onions and washing dishes for a year until he was deemed worthy of learning the secrets of composing sushi, tempura, kaiseki, and more.
He now oversees his own noodle empire of ramen shops called AGU, with five locations on the Hawaiian island of Oahu (hailed as the best on the island) and three in Houston.
AGU builds a
by Greg Morago - 3/8/17
AGU Ramen is opening
three more locations
Houston ramen invasion continues as Hawaiian-based chain announces three more locations
by Eric Sandler - 3/3/17
An out-of-town restaurant is making a big bet that Houston's appetite for ramen won't be satiated anytime soon. AGU, a ramen bistro, announced that it will add three more Houston-area locations to the three it opened at the end of 2016.
A Perfect Little Lunch Spot
by Laurann Claridge - March 2017
Japanese-born, Hawaiian-reared chef Hisashi "Teddy" Uehara
is a ramen expert.
Three More Agu Ramens Are On The Way To Houston
by Gwendolyn Knapp - 3/2/17
Hawaiian transplant AGU Ramen, which opened three, yes, three locations in Houston at the end
of 2016, has just announced
plans to open another three locations in spring 2017,
with an eye for further
expansion as well.
Expanding ramen chain
sets opening targets for
next Houston locations
A growing ramen chain, which started in Hawaii, is rolling out its next Houston restaurants as part of a $50 million expansion project.
Houston's best new restaurants and bars to check out now
by Darla Guillen - 2/24/17
A slate of new restaurants are offering Houstonians new places to dine.
Since very late December to February's end, roughly 25 major bar and restaurants have launched in central parts of town.
Making Agu Ramen’s gyoza also builds family bonding
by Joleen Oshiro - 2/28/17
Agu’s gyoza is based on a family recipe that Uehara’s grandmother and mother made.
It features common gyoza ingredients plus a few other items that up the ante on taste.
Beat the drums! AGU Ramen opens in Houston, gives “ramen noodles” a new meaning
By Paige Hubbard
HOUSTON — It was a sea — and
by sea we mean a packed house
and parking lot — full of the best Japanese cuisine and cocktails the Bayou City may have ever tasted, add to it a bumping DJ and excited guests…..and you have one heck of a pre-grand opening reception! Why not, because Houston, we definitely have something to shout about!
AGU Ramen celebrates mainland debut with three new eateries in Houston
by Nakia Cooper - 2/24/17
HOUSTON — After three years of international accolades and serving as a Hawaiian haven for Japanese comfort food with five Oahu locations spanning from Honolulu
to Aiea, AGU Ramen made its mainland debut in Houston. In the Westchase District, the newest location held a pre-grand opening reception on Thursday.
Local restaurant chain hopes to expand the love for ramen in Texas
by Web Staff 2/11/17
Local ramen chain Agu Ramen year has announced it is expanding in Lone Star State. In less than four years, owner and chef Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara has opened five locations on Oahu and three in Houston, Texas.
In March and April, he’s scheduled to open three more in the Houston suburbs, and he says he’ll next be expanding to Austin, San Antonio and Dallas.
to Valentine's Day:
5 new restaurants
you won't want to miss
by Marcy de Luna - 2/11/17
With all the Super Bowl hype — and corresponding post-Super Bowl hangover — you may have just turned the page on your calendar and noticed that Valentine's Day
is next week.
Where to Dine in Houston
This Valentine's Day 2017
by Brooke Viggiano - 1/23/17
Whether you’re looking for a date that’s light and sweet or a night of over-the-top romance and passion, we’ve got the lowdown on the city’s best Valentine’s Day dining deals in Houston this year. Check out our 2017 Valentine's Day Dining Guide:
The Hottest Restaurants in Houston Right Now, Feb 2017
by Amy McCarthy - 2/2/17
1 Agu Ramen
This Hawaii-based ramen chain has opened three Houston area locations with three more on the way.
A Snapshot of AGU Ramen
by Melody Yip - 1/27/17
Houston’s ramen infatuation continues with several iterations of the wildly popular Hawaiian chain AGU Ramen, founded by executive chef Hisashi Uehara in 2013. “AGU” means “best friends” in Uehara’s native Okinawa dialect, and he has sought to create a high-end ramen experience for patrons beyond Oahu island by coming to Texas, firstly in Houston with three locations, soon to be followed by openings in Sugar Land, Clear Lake and Katy.
Agu Ramen Plans To Dominate Houston’s Ramen Scene
The Hawaii-based import is
making major moves
by Amy McCarthy - 1/26/17
Houston’s ramen scene has grown impressively in recent years. But one new player has big plans to seriously take over the city’s noodle game.
Chef/owner is thinking big
with fast-track expansion
by Greg Morago
After opening five AGU restaurants in Hawaii, chef/owner
Hisashi Uehara decided his next
big expansion would be Houston, even though business advisers suggested both Austin and Dallas over the Bayou City.
Dining: LATEST DISH!
Popular Hawaii based chain AGU Ramen makes it's Houston debut with three locations.
– See page 140 –
Houston’s Restaurant Buzz:
The Hot New Openings and Crushing Closings You Need
to Know About
by Jailyn Marcel - 1/14/17
The Houston restaurant scene is constantly changing, with new hotspots, must-try places, and major culinary events coming along on
a daily basis. Even the most dedicated foodie can have trouble keeping up, but don’t worry, PaperCity has you covered.
Agu Ramen Offers A “Hot Mess,” But The Flavor Approach
Is Quite In Order
by Phaedra Cook - 1/12/17
It initially sounds bizarre: garlicky, tonkotsu ramen (amped up with black garlic oil, garlic butter and garlic chips, no less) topped with
a heap of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It’s called the “Innovative Hot Mess” and is one of the specialties of Agu Ramen,
a Hawaiian-based chain under Okinawa-born chef Hisahi Uehara.
Noodling over new ideas
Restaurant owner: ‘I want to be the ramen pioneer in Texas’
Hisashi Uehara, chef and owner of Agu, a ramen bistro hopes to introduce Texas to the labor-intensive Japanese soul food — not the stovetop noodles in the plastic pouch.
Super Bowl spurs new restaurants
by Dai Huynh - 1/1/17
Houston’s kitchens are heating up. Restaurants open throughout the year, but 2017 brings scores of fresh choices and a blast of energy. With Super Bowl LI just around the corner, the frenzy of new openings is fever high. Here is our look at new restaurants to fork into now and concepts to look forward to.
AGU Ramen, a Hawaiian chain owned by Hisashi "Teddy" Uehara, serves perfect bowls of ramen. For Uehara, the key is the broth. AGU's tonkotsu, the deeply rich pork broth takes more than a day to make. The Jidori (chicken broth) also simmers for at least nine hours.
Need Dinner Plans??
AGU Ramen makes its mainland debut with three Houston locations, creating a new hub for Chef Hisashi Uehara’s plans for national expansion
After three years of international accolades and serving as a Hawaiian haven for Japanese comfort food with five Oahu locations spanning from Honolulu to Aiea, AGU Ramen is ending 2016 by making its mainland debut in Houston. Taken by the city’s central location, ethnic and cultural diversity and current culinary renaissance, acclaimed chef Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara is moving his central operations to the Bayou City.
8 out-of-town restaurants that made Houston dining better in 2016
by Eric Sandler - 12/28/16
Of the three ramen shops to arrive at the end of 2016, this Hawaiian import is my favorite due to its diverse menu and creative dishes. Chef-owner Hisashi Uehara’s noodle obsession took him to 600 ramen shops in Japan, and the results speak for themselves.
The addictive “innovative hot mess,” a variation that adds parmesan cheese to the restaurant’s garlic-heavy Kotteri broth, delivers spicy and creamy flavors that vary
in intensity from slurp to slurp.
4 Restaurants To Try in December
If the chew fits... trend-setting restaurants worth stepping out to before the year ends.
Hawaii-based ramen shop AGU Ramen has introduced their popular classic tonkotsu and chicken jidori broths with three new Houston locations.
Houston's 10 Most Important Openings of 2016
by Ellie Sharp - 12/19/16
While plenty of new openings in 2016 brought their own craft and charm, these 10 spots stood out as having the biggest impact. They're making waves with diverse or unusual menus, restored historic spaces or just plan ol' amazing
food and drink.
1809 Eldridge Pkwy South | Houston, TX 77077
The noodle movement continues to take hold in Houston with AGU Ramen putting down roots in the city. In 2013, the concept launched in Hawaii, where it operated five locations, before expanding to H-Town in 2016. Back in Texas, AGU Ramen operates three outposts—in the Energy Corridor, Memorial and Washington Avenue—where it serves up piping-hot bowls of its flavorful ramen.
Where To Dine And Drink On Christmas Eve & Day In Houston
by Ellie Sharp - 12/15/16
Regardless of your need to
get out of the house, you don't have to sit at home and be a recluse around Christmas.
First Bite: Agu, A Ramen Bistro
Okinawa native Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara is about to open his third Houston ramen bar
by Alice Levitt - 12/14/16
For Okinawa-born chef Hisashi Uehara, ramen was once just a hobby. After all, he was trained in the twin culinary ivory towers of sushi and the highly technical ancient kaiseki tradition. “In my life, I’ve been eating ramen, ramen, ramen,” he says.
Where to Eat Right Now:
12 hot new restaurants
to try in December
by Eric Sandler - 12/14/16
This year may be
drawing to a close, but Houston's restaurant scene shows no signs of slowing down. With Super Bowl LI squarely on the horizon, chefs are hurrying to get their new establishments open.
Houston’s Best Restaurants
(and Ramen) for December: New Spots Worth Eating at Right Now
by Jailyn Marcel - 12/13/16
A fresh crop of new restaurants has sprouted up in Houston, but what are they about, and more importantly what’s on the menu?
The Hottest Restaurants
in Houston Right Now, December 2016
1 Agu Ramen
This Hawaii-based ramen chain is expected to make its Houston debut on December 1, which means that you'll want to stop by quickly before the crowds descend on these bowls of tonkotsu ramen for good.
Where to Dine in Houston on Christmas Eve, Hanukkah & Christmas Day 2016
by Brooke Viggiano - 12/12/16
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Family, friends, love and joy. Notice how dirty dishes weren't included in that list? This year year, get out of the kitchen and let Houston restaurants do the cooking and the cleanup for you. From fancy four-course meals to family-friendly brunches, here is where to eat on the Christmas Eve, Hanukkah and Christmas Day in Houston.
Hawaii-based ramen restaurant opens Houston locations,
plans to expand in the
Bayou City and beyond
by Olivia Pulsinelli - 12/12/16
Hawaii-based ramen bistro AGU recently opened its first two Houston locations, but owner and head chef Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara is cooking up plans for more.
The restaurant opened a location at 1809 Eldridge Parkway in the Energy Corridor in late November, followed by a restaurant that began service on Dec. 1 at 9310 Westheimer in the Westchase District.
The Hottest Restaurants
in Houston Right Now, December 2016
by Amy McCarthy - 12/1/16
Despite the arrival of (somewhat) cooler temperatures, the Houston restaurant scene is hotter than ever. This month's update of the Eater Houston Heatmap brings the arrival of Hawaii's Agu Ramen, which debuts today, and the return of Bernadine's, Eater Houston's 2016 Restaurant of the Year.
Openings & Closings:
Welcome to Houston, AGU!
by Cuc Lam - 11/11/16
Two of the three planned
AGU ramen noodle houses
open this month. According to its website, the store at
1809 Eldridge Parkway South
opens today, November 11
in Village Plaza.
Following on its heels,
the second ramen bistro will open at 9310 Westheimer on December 1. The third location at
7340 Washington (site of the former Christian’s Tailgate)
will open on December 15.
Agu Ramen Arrives
In Houston This Month
by Amy McCarthy - 11/2/16
Houston’s ramen scene is about to get a whole lot stronger thanks
to the arrival of Hawaii-based newcomer Agu Ramen.
Back in April, Eater reported that Agu Ramen would debut in Houston in a big way with three
Agu Ramen plans to
soup up Houston
by Greg Morago - 11/2/16
Agu Ramen, a Hawaii-based ramen restaurant concept, plans to open three stores in Houston in late 2016 and more in 2017. Before he decided to bring his casual ramen restaurant concept to Houston, Hisahi Uehara did his homework. He already knew Houston was a dedicated restaurant-going community; and his Houston friends extolled the virtues of the city not just for its multi-cultural makeup but its potential for business growth.
In Hawaiian, Hana Hou! means “One More Time” or “Encore!” It’s a cheer you hear often after a concert at the Waikiki Shell,a hula performance—or a visit to the Islands of Hawaii
Hawaii-based ramen shop invades Houston with three locations and unique recipes
by Eric Sandler - 11/2/16
AGU Ramen's Plans
One of the dominant themes of this year in Houston restaurants has been the arrival of out-of-town restaurants, seeking success in the Bayou City. That trend will continue this month when Hawaii-based AGU Ramen makes it debut.
The 44 most exciting Houston-area restaurants opening before
Super Bowl LI
by Eric Sandler - 10/27/16
The Hawaii-based ramen restaurant has ambitious plans to open three Houston-area restaurants
by the end of the year:
one on Westheimer, one in the Energy Corridor, and a third in the former Christian’s Tailgate at Washington Avenue
and the Katy Freeway.
2017 Hale ‘Aina Award Winners:
The Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i
by Kelli Bullock & Tien Enga 9/25/16
HONOLULU Magazine celebrated the 33rd Annual Hale ‘Aina Awards presented by First Hawaiian Bank. Guests dined on dishes from 13 top Hawai‘i restaurants, including Piggy Smalls and Lucky Belly, while sipping on cocktails and enjoying live entertainment under the stars at the luxurious Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
Hawaiian Hotspot AGU Ramen Lands on Washington Avenue
The Hawaiian-based ramen chain scoops up a familiar spot.
AGU Ramen, a popular destination for noodle lovers in Hawaii, inches closer to opening in Houston. And it looks like we now know where owner and chef Hisashi Uehara’s first mainland outpost will land: right on Washington Avenue.
In this city,
a hot head's best chance for
a full–blown sweat fest
around a table is by way of
spicy broth — ramen broth,
hot pot broth, spicy soup.
At AGU Ramen,
any of the dishes
can be made spicy.
How I started
a ramen chain in Hawaii
Hisashi Uehara, owner and founder of AGU a Ramen Bistro tells us that
“In 2015, we opened at Ward and from day one it was packed.”
Hawaii ramen chain
to expand to Houston,
other major Texas cities
by Natanya Friedheim - 6/22/16
Hawaii-based Agu Ramen has plans to open restaurants in all major cities of Texas, where the market for authentic ramen remains untouched, owner and head chef Hisashi Uehara told the Pacific Business News, a sister publication of the Houston Business Journal.
to major cities
By Natanya Friedheim - 6/21/16
Hawaii-based Agu Ramen
has plans to open restaurants
in all major cities of Texas,
where the market for authentic ramen remains untouched,
owner and head chef
confirmed in an interview
Hawaii’s Agu Ramen Is Headed To Houston
by Amy McCarthy 4/20/16
The ramen trend is showing no signs of slowing, especially in Houston. Agu Ramen Bistro owner and executive chef Hisashi Uehara tells Eater that he plans to bring his highly-rated noodle concept to Houston this year.
chosen as one of
"2016 Faces of Hawai'i"
Hawaii's prominent leaders
and businesses are featured
in this special black-and-white
Agu Ramen to open third
Oahu location in Hawaii's
by Darin Moriki - 11/25/15
The Agu Ramen restaurant chain in Honolulu will open its third location in Pearlridge Center during the first quarter of next year as a part of a long-range plan to expand its reach in Hawaii.
Tom Jones, who serves as the president of REI Food Service, LLC, the holding company for Gyotaku Japanese Restaurants and a partner in Agu Ramen’s parent company Buzinkus, LLC, said the company signed a lease about a week and a half ago to take over a nearly 1,700-square-foot space in Pearlridge Center’s Downtown section that previously housed Cold Stone Creamery.
In today’s Hawaii’s Kitchen, we’re in for a treat! Agu Ramen Owner Chef Hisashi Uehara and Chef Tim show us how to make their kotteri tonkotsu ramen.
The tonkotsu broth is cooked daily for over 18 hours and the ramen is served with traditional thin noodles that are prepared al dente to absorb just the right amount of the flavorful, rich and creamy broth.
Each bowl is then topped with fresh house-made char sui, aji, tamago, crunchy menma, fresh negi and sesame seeds.
Honolulu Pulse readers
have spoken –
The results are in for the
2015 Honolulu Pulse Awards
by Jason Genegabus - 8/24/15
Visitors to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s entertainment website nominated their favorites in more than 50 categories this year, picking winners in categories from Best Bar, Best Nightclub and Best After hours to Best Juice Bar, Best Local Artist and Best Local Chef during an online voting period in July.
Since its launch in 2010, the Pulse has served as a vital source of locally produced coverage of Honolulu’s arts, entertainment, food and nightlife scenes.
Hawaii Restaurant Association Honors and Celebrates
The 9th Annual Hall of Fame Induction and "Chefs of Aloha" Dine-Around
Monday, September 21, 2015
The Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA) will honor and induct a new group of individuals and companies into the HRA Hall of Fame. The event, being held at Dole Cannery's Pomaikai Ballrooms,
begins with Cocktails and Reception at 5:30 pm. The "Chefs of Aloha" Dine-Around, a highlight of the evening, begins at 6:00 pm.
Chef Hisashi Uehara , AGU a Ramen Bistro
will be one of the chefs for the evening Dine-Around.
A new AGU
comes to Ward Centre
by Nadine Kam - 6/17/15
Woulda, shoulda, coulda.
I hear it all the time. People wait two or three years to visit a "new" restaurant,
and by the time they want to try it,
I have to break the news:
It's closed already.
This time the news is good for those
who haven't made it to AGU Ramen on Isenberg Street. Now a second,
centally located shop has opened
at Ward Centre, fronting Auahi Street.
AGU Grand Opening
at Ward Centre
Jody Kamisato and Honoka & Azita
give live ukulele performances
at the Grand Opening at Ward Centre.
Plus a special performance
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko.
Executive Chef Hisashi Uehara
unvails innovative new ramen.
New at AGU
by Melissa Chang 6/6/15
Agu Ramen has opened a second venue, located in Ward Centre next to
Kua Aina (facing Auahi Street).
While the menu is the same as its
original Isenberg location, chef Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara unveiled some new dishes at its grand opening Saturday night.
Starting tomorrow, you can get
tan tan ramen at Agu’s Ward restaurant, and it’s a winner. If you are not familiar with tan tan ramen, it’s kind of a hybrid
of Chinese and Japanese noodle soup.
Best New Dishes
by Martha Cheng - 6/15
Start with Agu's richest, porkiest bowl of ramen, the Kotteri, which features a thick, almost gravy-like broth, achieved by simmering pork bones for hours. Then top it with a snowy mound of fresh shaved Parmesan, and you get Honolulu's most decadent bowl of ramen ever.View pdf
K5 Hawaii New
Guy Hagi and Augie T
K5 Hawaii News - 5/15
Guy Guy Hagi and Augie T
visit AGU Ramen at the
St. Louis Alumni Association
at 925 Isenberg Street, Honolulu.
At first they "eat" with their eyes,
but naturally they can't
keep their hands off the goodies
for too long!
Check out the clip.
Popular ramen restaurant expanding to Ward Centre
by Erika Engle - 4/1/15
"We’re looking at three or four,
or as many as the island will tolerate,”
said Tom Jones, partner in
REI Food Service LLC,
which in turn is a partner in
Agu parent company
The completed restaurant
at Ward Centre
will have the same format
and same ambience
as the original spot at
925 Isenberg St. in the
St. Louis Alumni Association
Surf, Sun, Shave Ice, and Spam:
Where to Eat in Oahu, Hawaii
Oahu, Hawaii’s most populous island, offers more than beaches: It’s also home to a burgeoning food scene defined by local ingredients and traditional
one-of-a-kind treats. Known as “the Gathering Place” among the islands, Oahu boasts the best of what Hawaii has to offer: pristine beaches, priceless views, and a mix of old- and new-school eats.
Honolulu Hot List
With toppings from Parmesan
to seasonal tebichi (braised pig’s feet),
Agu spins the classic bowl
of Japanese noodles.
AGU Ramen Celebrates
their first anniversary
10 Things we love:
by Nadine Kam - 10/12/14
#2) Bowl of ramen packs mouthwatering mix of flavors.
You gotta love a dish with the audacious name: Innovative Hot Mess.
Agu a Ramen Bistro chef Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara, took all that was already great on the restaurant’s menu, starting with tonkotsu broth, then combining Agu’s signature savory Parmesan ramen with bari kote broth made with black garlic oil, garlic butter and silky se-abura, small globules of fat rendered from fatback after cooking it down for 10 to 14 hours. Thin Hakata-style noodles hold up to the heft and carry the flavor well.
Rave Reviews: Agu Ramen
is one of the Top ten
2014 "Rave Choice"
Ilima Award Winners,
advertised in Honolulu Pulse!!!
by Nadine Kam - 10/12/14
This restaurant opened with a streamlined ramen menu, but chef Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara’s ambition didn’t end there.
He’s a perfectionist, and there were days early on when he refused to serve his tonkotsu or Jidori chicken ramen when he felt the broth — using pork or chicken bones boiled down over 18 hours — was not up to snuff.
Aloha Express Magazine
Hawaii's Aloha Express Magazine
Agu Ramen Bistro
by Josei Seven
"Josei Seven", featuring
the Manager of Agu Ramen.
Hawaii News Now
Star of the Sea’s
Food & Wine Festival
Grace Lee - 5/2/14
Star of the Sea Church and Schools
is hosting their ninth annual
Food and Wine Festival
with 15 of Hawaii’s hottest chefs.
Executive Chef Hisashi Uehara,
of Agu Ramen, and Rick Manayan, Co-Chair of the event,
were featured on
"Hawaii News Now"
with Grace Lee.
New pupu menu at Agu,
but Ramen still satisfies
by Nadine Kam - 2/26/14
4 Star Rating
by Nadine Kam in the
Ramen continues to be
the star of the menu,
dividing diners into two camps.
Those who prefer
the lightest of chicken broth,
or those who enjoy
the thick richness of
Agu expands menu
By Nadine Kam - 2/25/14
Agu quickly became my favorite
ramen spot when it opened last fall, and there was no reason to believe it would ever offer more than top-notch ramen and gyoza. That was all anyone could expect and that was enough.
But co-owner and chef Hisashi Uehara,
a stickler for such time-consuming details as boiling down pork bones for 18 hours
to break down fat, marrow, calcium, minerals and proteins to arrive at a thick, opaque broth, wasn't done yet.
He had busily been working on new dishes to add to Agu's basic menu,
and I have a feeling
he's not done yet.
At Agu, the noodles are thin, as if in deference to the pay-attention-to-me broths, varying from the almost gravy-thick, porky kotteri tonkotsu, showered with garlic chips, to the lighter shoyu- and-chicken-based broth made from Jidori chicken (the Kobe beef of chicken). Agu's most compelling bowl is its shoyu tonkotsu, with a bonito-infused soy sauce and black sesame paste adding new complexity to straight-up pokiness.View pdf
Wine and ramen:
by Melissa Chang - 2/13/14
Agu Ramen, the new ramen place on Isenberg St., challenged Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo to find wines that would
go well with their unique broths
(It was Lighthouse Magazine’s
Sean Morris who came up with
the idea for them.)
Agu has rich, pork-based tonkotsu broth; the spicy kotteri, and the lighter
shio and shoyu. They also use jidori chicken for their ramen and appetizers, which has its own distinct flavor.
by Melissa Chang - 2/13/14
Featuring Master Sommelier
and a sneak peak of
Agu’s Executive Chef/Owner,
Hisashi “Ted” Uehara
at Agu Ramen’s
Wine Pairing Tasting.
Their Spicy Kotteri Tonkotsu
“Their Spicy Kotteri Tonkotsu is amazing and you can choose your own
level of spiciness.”
“The noodles and all the toppings
(char siu and bamboo shoots)
“My son inhaled his Shio Jidori
(yes, he lives to eat, like me) which was
so light and delicious.”
Our Top 5: Ramen
by Brandon Suyeoka - 11/19/13
Special to Nonstop. My criteria for selecting my top 5 were simple. First, I consider the depth of flavor and temperature of the broth. Then, I check the noodles to see if they’re cooked correctly and if they’re a good match for the broth. Finally, I taste the accompanying toppings and garnishes. If it comes with char siu, does the meat melt in my mouth? Does the broth feel balanced with their choice of vegetables? Hitting a home run in each area — broth, noodles and toppings — makes the bowl of ramen stand out for me.
New Agu Ramen
by Martha Cheng - 11/15/13
With all the ramen shops opening around Honolulu, it’s not easy to find a new one that surprises. But Agu Ramen does. First, there’s the design itself: Coming across this place on Isenberg is like stumbling onto a Hollywood set at night, with its dramatically lit red and cream exterior, while inside, dark wood and red accents create an intimate dining room. If there were ever a ramen restaurant for date nights, this would be it.
The Cat Dish
Agu Ramen in Moiliili
by Catherine Toth - 11/15/13
This week my girlfriend and I dined
at Agu Ramen, one of the newest
ramen shops to open on Oahu in the last few months. It specializes in
tonkotsu ramen — the broth is made
using simmered pork bones — like the style I had in Fukuoka.
The noodles are thinner, and the broth
is rich & thick — just like it was in Kyushu. It took me back.