Excited to try a new cuisine in Hawaii!

I am always so excited to try new types of foods. A few months ago, I came across a Uzebek joint in Downtown, called Silk Road Café. The first of its kind in Hawaii.

I didn’t know what to expect! I didn’t know what kind of dishes they would have.

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This is fried lagman. It reminded me of spaghetti. It’s a ground beef, veggie, noodle stir-fry. I liked it! The bread was amazing! The noodles reminded me of udon. Very similar.

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This is the lagman soup. Same ingredients, just in a soup style. Mmm! You know me and soup.

I want to make my way back there again to try their other dishes very soon. They have some interesting items on their menu. I love their place. They sell a lot of imported food products, too. Very interesting. I had no idea what half of those items were, haha! I think they were labeled in Russian.

So where is Uzbekistan, you say? It’s in the middle of the “stan” countries: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, & Pakistan. Too many “stans.” Haha!

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Silk Road Café
212 Merchant St. (inside the Arcade Building)
Honolulu, 96813
https://silkroadcafehi.com/

My fave kind of stir-fry

Happy Sunday! Is the weekend over already? Where did it go? Hope y’all had a great one!

I made my favorite stir-fry tonight, with ground turkey breast. It’s very simple and oh-so-good! I can’t get enough of it! Once I start eating it, I can’t stop. It’s THAT addicting!

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These are the seasonings I used: Mrs. Dash salt-free garlic and herb seasoning, fresh black pepper, garlic powder, and Himalayan pink salt (just a dash- get it? Haha!)

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The ingredients: udon, ground turkey breast, soft tofu, onions, won bok (Chinese cabbage), mixed frozen veggies, and the Kikkoman stir-fry sauce (the magic sauce).

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Ta-da!!! So delicious, and very healthy!

Lobster mobster!

Lobster is awesome! It’s also expensive. I found a picture with some interesting facts of a lobster.

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There were two places where there were lobster dishes that were absolutely reasonable- just had to order it!

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Lobster pad Thai at JJ French Pastry & Bistro, in Kaimuki, which recently closed at the end of January. Boo! I loved that place. They always had interesting dishes, and their desserts were delicious and so cute!

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Garlic butter lobster ramen at Sakura Ramen near Ke’eaumoku Walmart. Yummy! It was a very tasty ramen.

I hope that JJ’s opens again at another location…

Sakura Ramen is located at:
808 Sheridan St.
Honolulu, 96814
http://www.sakuraramenhawaii.com

The best katsu in town!

Happy Hump Day!

If y’all haven’t been to Tonkatsu Tamafuji in Kapahulu, you got to try their tonkatsu- if you don’t mind waiting a while, that is. I’ve been there twice and we had a wait a while to be seated. BUT- it was worth it- BOTH times!! The batter, surrounding the pork loin, is so light and fluffy. It melts in your mouth. Their servings are very generous, too. It’s a deal for sure!

There’s two types of katsu sauces to choose from: spicy and sweet. Both are good, separately and together. The server gives you a bowl of sesame seeds to grind- that’s so much fun! Then you pour either or both sauces into the bowl.

There’s complementary assorted pickled vegetables: (L-R) ume (pickled plum), takuan (pickled daikon (or radish)), and tsukemono (pickled cabbage). Mmm mmm mmm!

When I dined there the first time, I ordered the 180g of the Jyukusei tonkatsu (pork loin) set. That was a lot! I couldn’t finish it. Next time I dined there, I ordered the 160g of the same set and that was more manageable. Mind you, I went there for lunch the first time and dinner the second time.

There’s three different types of rice to choose from, as well as two different types of miso soup, too. The first time, I tried the five-grain rice. Anything that is multigrain always catches my eye! It was interesting. Had a wasabi-like flavor to it. The second time, I tried the seasoned mixed rice, which was very, very tasty. That one was my favorite. I’ve tried both the white and red miso soups. I enjoyed both! Love that there’s clams in there.

The following dishes are all-you-can eat, at no charge- the assorted pickled vegetables, the bowls of rice (you can even try different rices), and the shredded cabbage that comes with the katsu. With the cabbage comes two different dressings: sesame and ponzu. Both pair well with the cabbage. Yum!

Check out Tonkatsu Tamafuji and be prepared to wait a while before being seated. In the end, though, it’s so worth it!

Tonkatsu Tamafuji
449 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, 96815
https://www.yelp.com/biz/tonkatsu-tamafuji-honolulu-9

 

I got a nitsu-kick out of this dish!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

I love Utage- it’s a local, Japanese, and Okinawan family-friendly restaurant. Their food is delicious! I ordered the ahi belly nitsuke, which was one of their specials of the day. I order the last of that dish, and I’m so happy I did. That dish was amazingly good! I’ve never had nitsuke before. It’s a Japanese simmering sauce that’s sweet and salty at the same time. I LOVE ahi belly, too. The meat was so tender and soft. Perfect pairing!

Here’s a recipe for this amazing sauce: Yum! I would love to make this sauce with something. It’ll be onolicious! I can’t wait!

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday! Wasn’t Justin Timberlake’s halftime show pretty cool? I enjoyed it!

Utage Restaurant & Lounge
1286 Kalani St.
Honolulu, 96817
http://utagehawaii.com

This was a deal! …And so much food!

Went strolling in Waikiki the other weekend and ended up eating at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka at the new International Marketplace, in the back of Mitsuwa Marketplace, a nationwide Japanese market. I’ve been to their other location at the Don Quijote on Kaheka Street. Their food is sooo good! They had these sets that were less than $15. It was A LOT of food! I struggled to finish everything. We tried the shoyu ramen with salmon and ikura (fish eggs) with rice and natto (fermented soy beans) and rice- my fave! So, so good! I.LOVED.IT! Both sets came with a boiled egg. Mmm!

While cruising the International Marketplace, you got to check out the Mitsuwa Marketplace. It’s an awesome Japanese market. It reminded me of the stores in Japan. You can find everything in there- food, drinks, products, etc. Amazing store! It’s the perfect convenience store. I wish they had more locations on the island.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
inside Mitsuwa Marketplace
International Marketplace in Waikiki
2330 Kalakaua Ave.; Honolulu, 96815
Cheers to ramen!

Holy moly chicken!

Happy Sunday! Man, did this weekend fly back or what?

Last weekend, we celebrated one of my gf’s bdays at Restaurant 604, near the Arizona Memorial. We loved it there. The view was very serene, as it looks out at the marina. We want to go back during the daytime. I’m sure the view is even more breathtaking in the daytime. We enjoy outdoorsy-type of restaurants. It feels more open and we get to breathe in the fresh air.

The bday lady and I ordered the same dish! Roasted half-pound chicken with garlic mash. Oh my gosh! It was a lot of food! The chicken was huge, and so full of meat! I loved it! The gravy and mash were amazing! Mmm mmm! I ate this for the next couple meals. It was THAT much! I want to try their pasta next! You know me and pasta! My go-to comfort food!

Restaurant 604
57 Arizona Memorial Dr.
Honolulu, 96818
https://www.restaurant604.com/

Enjoy the last day of the weekend!