Noodle freak to the core!

I LOVE noodles/pasta! I could eat it every day. With a sauce, in soup, dry, or even plain… Mmm mmm!

Here are a few reviews of some of the yummiest noodle dishes I’ve eaten recently.

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Noodle dish #1: Saimin at Moku Kitchen in Kaka’ako. The saimin dish contains: “Iwamoto family noodles,” Kalua pork, and veggies. Yum! It was a pretty gourmet saimin.

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Noodle dish #2: Thee famous dry noodles and saimin at Sam Sato’s in Wailuku, Maui. Most popular dishes there. The dry noodles was off-the-charts! The broth is served on the side. Ah, I want more! Oh, and the cheeseburger and BBQ beef stick were ono, too!

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Noodle dish #3: Kamo nabe- duck breast with udon in vegetable based soup at Rokkaku Hamakatsu at Ala Moana. The broth was hot (temp.-wise) till the end. Just the way I like it!

Oh man! Looking at these pictures makes my mouth water! So, so good!

Moku Kitchen
Salt at Our Kaka’ako
660 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
808.591.6658 (MOKU)
https://www.mokukitchen.com/home

Sam Sato’s
1750 Wili Pa Loop
Wailuku, (Maui) 96793
808.244.7124
Article on these popular dry noodles

Rokkaku Hamakatsu
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
808.946.3355

 

Night Market din din

The other weekend was Honolulu Night Market. It’s a quarterly community event that takes place in the Kaka’ako area. They have various food vendors, shopping vendors, and entertainment. It’s an awesome time out!

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There’s a unique theme with every event. June’s event was entitled “Home,” in relevance to the Hรตkลซle’a returning home that day, after being at sea, traveling the world for three years.

I was so excited to finally try Turkish food from Istanbul Restaurant food stand. They’re in the making of opening a restaurant and bar soon. I can’t wait until they open!

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The dรถner plate. Slices of lamb, with rice and salad, and a tzatziki yogurt sauce. Yummy! Tummy was happy!

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I grew my love for Turkish food when I had traveled to Turkey many years ago. It has become my top five favorites! That yogurt sauce is what makes it SO BOMB! Whenever I have red meats and pork chops, I always make a yogurt sauce to pour over. I have a thing for yogurt.

I can’t wait to try more of Istanbul’s food. I’m so happy that we have a Turkish joint on the island!

I was craving dessert and was eyeing the chocolate-banana scone from 9Bar Hnl. I had to try it, and it was soo good! This place is a physical joint at Salt (see map above). They have “real food,” coffee, and baked goods. Great place to chill!

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http://9barhnl.com//

http://www.saltatkakaako.com/stores/9bar-hnl/

Check out Night Market. Next event will probably be in September.

http://www.honolulunightmarket.com/

The weekend is almost here! Yay!

There’s Indian food at Shirokiya!

I am so excited! Finally! Indian food at Ala Moana Shopping Center!!! Bombay Grill is located at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk’s extensive food court. I love the diversity there! So many different ethnic foods to choose from!

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This is the chicken biryani rice. One of my faves! It was so good, especially with the yogurt raita sauce. Perfect pairing!

I love yogurt with certain meals- Greek, Indian, and with most of my meats (i.e., lamb, steak, pork chops, and even chicken). Yummy!

I’m glad to know there’s another Indian joint on the island, and at the mall- how convenient!

Bombay Grill at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk
Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
http://www.japanvillagewalk.com/

Dinner date at Piggy Smalls

I love Piggy Smalls. They are the second restaurant of the Pig & the Lady, which is another love of mine! The Pig & the Lady is a Vietnamese-fusion resturant located in Chinatown. They started off at Farmer’s Market at the Neil Blaisdell Center at Ward on Wednesday evenings, Kailua Town Center on Thursday evenings, and at Kapi’olani Community College on Saturday mornings, before finally opening up their physical restaurant. Yay! They are still at Farmer’s Markets on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, which is awesome! Their success is amazing! So thankful for them and the ono food they serve.

Every time I go to either restaurant, I get so excited to see what’s new on the menu. I am always eager to trying something new.

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Slow roasted parsnips, topped with arugula, roasted buckwheat, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and black pepper honey.

This was the first time trying parsnips and it had an interesting texture. Because it looks like carrots, I thought it would taste similar to the veggie, but it reminded me more of potatoes.

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Squash tikka masala- an Indian curry vegetarian dish with kabocha, butternut squash, variety of zucchinis, seeds, cilantro, and seven-grain rice.

This was amazing! I loved it! Whenever I see an Indian dish, I get so excited! I can eat Indian food all-day, everyday! Haha!

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My boyfriend ordered the pho-strami burger. Makaweli beef, crispy smoked brisket bacon, burnt onion, and an argula salad.

He absolutely loved it!

Visit all these locations! Their pho is NOTHING like you’ve ever tasted before! I love their uniqueness of their Vietnamese soup. So, so good!

Piggy Smalls
Ward Centre
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814

The Pig & the Lady
83 N. King St.; Honolulu, 96813

Farmer’s Market:

Wednesdays: Neil Blaisdell Center from 4.30-7pm
777 Ward Ave.; Honolulu, 96814

Thursdays: Kailua Town Center from 5-7.30pm
609 Kailua Road; Kailua, 96734

Saturdays: Kapi’olani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road; Honolulu, 96816

Happy eating!!!

 

 

Good ol’ shave ice!

I love shave ice- it’s so refreshing! Can’t beat the top three flavors that make “the rainbow-” strawberry, banana, and vanilla. It makes such beautiful colors. What makes shave ice even more exciting to eat is the cool toppings you can add on top, such as tapioca balls, mochi balls, fruit, fruit jellies, custard, pudding, ice cream, azuki beans, condensed milk, taro, and get this, strawberry jam! Yes, you read me right- jam! Tried that with our shave ice and it was AWESOME! It paired so well. I thought it would be weird, but it wasn’t. It was really good! Genius!

Ordered this shave ice from Coffee or Tea? at Pearl Kai Shopping Center. They have two locations. The first location is based at McCully Shopping Center. This joint has amazingly delicious milk teas, and all different kinds of varieties to choose from!

Coffee or Tea?
Pearl Kai Shopping Center
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy.; Aiea, 96701

Coffee or Tea?
McCully Shopping Center
1960 Kapiolani Blvd.; Honolulu, 96826

Here is an article of the best shave ice joints on O’ahu: http://www.best-of-oahu.com/hawaiian-shave-ice.html. It’s all about the fine, smooth ice, that melts in your mouth, and the variety of flavors and toppings, too!

Happy new week!

FS~

This hole-in-the-wall joint rocks!

My boyfriend and his family introduced me to Ethel’s Grill, literally, a hole-in-the-wall place in Kalihi. They have been wanting me to try their food for some time and I finally did! So many Japanese tourists line up to eat there. Just like at Boots & Kimo’s in Kailua (see post): Sunday Funday brunch lunch! Thankfully, when we went on a Saturday, it wasn’t too crowded, compared to other days.

It’s a small place, but it’s worth the wait! Their food was delicious- it had a homey feel- if you ask me. The atmosphere reminded me of those old school “mom and pop” joints. Very local. I also felt like the price was very reasonable for the amount of food that was given. See those yummy pics below. I was pretty stuffed at the end of my meal. I definitely want to go back to try more of their grinds.

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Toss salad with pesto cream dressing. Yum!

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Onolicious miso soup!

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Japanese hamburger steak. Broke da mouth! That means it was delicious!

All that was $8.75! You can’t go wrong with that price!

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Last, but not least, I had to try their famous side order of tataki sashimi. Seared ahi with ponzu sauce and marinated garlic. Ooh! They also have this as a main dish, and you can order a platter of this for pot lucks and parties.

Visit Ethel’s Grill
232 Kalihi St
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 847-6467
THEY ONLY OPEN UNTIL 2PM!!!

**CASH ONLY!**

 

Hot pot for a perfect chilly night

It’s been quite chilly all week in Hawai’i Nei and I like it! Tonight, I made hot pot, using the split pot my aunties gave for Christmas.

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I bought this at the store during the holidays, as it was on sale. I LOVE Tom Yum and was super excited when I saw this on the shelves. I HAD to try it!

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On the left is an impromptu soup base I made since I only had one pack of the tom yum soup. It’s made of: ponzu sauce, bonito flakes, pickled garlic, garlic/Hawaiian salt, and lemon juice. On the right is the tom yum soup. I added garlic/Hawaiian salt and lemon juice. I added the following ingredients to the hot pot: shrimp, soft tofu, chuck beef, and pho noodles.

It was so good! I want to buy more now that I know it’s very tasty, and not to mention, spicy and soup. My kind of soup!

Keep warm, peepz of Hawai’i!