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Momona is a noodle and bao restaurant located in downtown Chico. Momona offers a selection of dishes including Japanese style ramen, Hawaiian style poke steamed buns aka bao, and culturally and locally influenced small plates. Momona makes every attempt to source locally and sustainably.

 

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“Momona” is a Hawaiian word meaning “satiated, well-fed, satisfied, fat, fertile”. We love the idea of “momona” because it evokes being content, happy and full. We, as a team, live to eat and be happy.

 

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Our inspiration comes from the traditions of Japan, Taiwan, and Hawai’i and is a combination of many memories, from saimin at Zippy’s to ramen ticket machines in Shibuya. Momona is our personal view of, and relationship with, noodle and bao. We are not a traditional ramen house, nor do we offer a traditional atmosphere. We are a combination of what we like most, the chefs who inspire us most, the parts of the world that melt our hearts; the moments we’ve felt most “momona”.

 

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We make all of our broths, sauces, and pickled items in-house. Our ramen noodles are provided by Sun Noodles; they are fresh (not dry) alkaline ramen noodles, a recipe created to keep noodles both firm and chewy in the extremely high-temperature broth. Our bao buns are made in-house from scratch.

 

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Momona offers counter-service at lunch and full table-service at dinner. We value a relaxed, positive environment and prioritize your personal time and quality in every moment. We want to give Chico fine-dining quality food in a casual atmosphere and provide our community with a new, different, and absolutely delicious place to share a meal.

 

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