Japanese feast!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

My girlfriend and I tried a really good Japanese cuisine- Akira last month. It’s an izakaya-type place, where you order small dishes and share amongst your party. We really enjoyed the food and customer service. Our server was really nice and friendly. I loved the ambiance of the restaurant as well- it was beautiful.

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Agedashi tofu. So, so good! Can’t go wrong with this dish.

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Prosciutto papaya allegra salad. This was very interesting. I liked it! Made it unique with the papaya.

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Tai-chazuke. Yummy! Chazuke is my childhood fave dish! I had it all the time as a kid. It’s the simplest dish ever! Rice and tea, or broth. Bam!

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Chawan mushi is always good to order.

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And last, but not least, natto nigiri. My ultimate fave. Yum! Mouthwatering!

We would definitely go back to try more of their food.

Akira Japanese Restaurant
1150 S. King St.
Honolulu, 96814

https://www.akira-japanese-restaurant.com/

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Japanese New Year tradition

Happy New Year or あけましておめでとうございます。

In the Japanese culture, we have ozōni (mochi soup) that symbolizes good luck, as well as some other Japanese dishes. When I was younger, my grandma made all kinds of Japanese dishes for New Year’s Eve and Day. Unfortunately, the recipes were all “in her head.” She didn’t write them down before she had passed. So my family and I don’t eat all the different foods she used to make before. But the main thing we know how to make is the ozōni.

For 2020, I will be handed the baton to continue the ozōni tradition. I’m excited to experiment a bit and make the soup my own. Look out for that post in the near future.

I found this article a very interesting read: http://jpninfo.com/40490.

I’ve learned that everyone makes their ozōni differently. I’ve got to try different soups over the years and they are indeed different from the mochi soup I eat at home. It even looks different, too.

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The soup I eat every year. Recipe that has been in my family for years…

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Ozōni from Yajima-Ya Japanese restaurant.

The soup-base, or dashi, I’m always used to eating is dark. It’s a shoyu-based soup. I found it interesting that all the other dashi I’ve tried have all been light, such as the one above. The broth is pretty much clear. They’re all still very delicious. Tastes very different for sure, which I love. It’s wonderful to know that ozōni is very unique. I’m always excited to try other ozōni. I always take advantage of that! Can’t have too much good luck for the new year.

I wish everyone a splendid 2019. It’s going to be an awesome year!

FS~

 

 

 

 

Christmastime is here!

It’s that favorite time of the year again- Christmas! Boy, did the season fly by! It was a busy season, full of fun and festivities. I hope y’all are having a wonderful season.

I got to check out the new Gyu-Kaku on School Street for lunch last week. I haven’t been to Gyu-Kaku in ages. It was so worth it! I love their lunch deals. It’s so reasonable, and just right!

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My deal came with miso soup and a yummy toss salad. The dressing was amazing! I think it was sesame-flavor.

Ordered the Kobe-style nakaochi rib and flat iron steak. The meal also comes with a drink… fruit punch, ftw!!! And, gotta have the brown rice! All for $11.95. We could even have refills on drinks. How awesome is this deal?!

Oh and those sauces for the meats are AMAZING! Ponzu, teriyaki, and sweet and spicy. Yum!

Can’t wait to try more of their lunch deals.

Have a Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday, Jesus! The reason for the season!

Aloha,

FS~

 

 

This hole-in-the-wall place is SO worth it!

Yay to the weekend again! Happy Fall, too!

My gf and I found a wonderfully delicious and reasonable Japanese restaurant in the beginning part of Waikiki. It’s called Do-Ne Japanese Food. It’s not easy to find, as it’s a very small joint. Best to make reservations, as there’s only 17 seats in the restaurant. Totally reminds me of Japan, especially the food. Oh.my.word! Mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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This kimchi was BOMB! Oh my goodness! One of the best kimchi dishes I’ve eaten in a lonnnnng time.

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The set for $16.99. Amazing deal! I ordered the special: stamina seafood don set. Yummy! The don included: ahi, ika, natto, ikura, okra, and egg, over sushi rice. The set comes with salad, miso soup, tsukemono (pickled veggies), and appetizers: choi sum, shrimp with somen, and salmon.

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Hamachi collar. Thee best!

We also ordered grilled octupus (tako) and agedashi tofu (deep-fried tofu). Everything was excellent! We are definitely returning again to try more of their food.

Do-Ne Japanese Food
1614 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96826

So worth it! Have a great week.

FS~

 

 

 

Comfort food during hurricane week & when you’re feeling under the weather

We made it through the week. As y’all probably heard on the news, Hawaii was under hurricane warnings most of the week. The storm has been downgraded to a tropical storm today. Great news! It was a hectic week. Everyone was panicking and the roads, stores, and gas stations were filled with people prepping for the storm. It was an unpredictable storm. We were very blessed that we didn’t get the full hurricane effects.

My tummy has been upset the past couple days so I decided to make okayu, Japanese rice porridge to help settle it. I think it worked. It’s a simple, hearty dish. I cooked white rice with extra water to make the rice extra soft. I seasoned it with pepper, salt, and shoyu (soy sauce). At the end, I cracked a couple eggs before serving. That’s it!

Everyone makes their okayu differently. I found this recipe online: https://www.thespruceeats.com/okayu-2031328

One of the best ochazukes I’ve ever had!

…Besides the homemade chazuke I’ve eaten countless times at home, this chazuke dish I had in Kyoto was stupendous. It was so gourmet and fancy. Ochazuke is a very simple dish made with hot water, tea, or dashi (soup) over hot rice. Some add furikake (Japanese seasoning) or Tokyō zuke (seasoned/pickled vegetables). I usually use the genmai brown rice tea and pour it over hot rice and sprinkle some Tokyō zuke. Yummy!

Overall, the food in Japan is delicious. It’s so authentic and fresh. I can’t get enough of it. I am so glad that I ordered a simple dish like ochazuke. Who would have thought that it could be so fancy and rich-tasting? Amazing!!

My heart is longing to go back to Japan again…

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