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 Tokyล zuke (seasoned/pickled vegetables). I usually use the genmai brown rice tea and pour it over hot rice and sprinkle some Tokyล 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

 

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

 

This nishime is where it’s at!

Happy Sunday and Presidents’ Day weekend! 

My auntie’s friend made homemade nishime, or Japanese vegetable stew. It was delicious! Tasted very similar to my grandmother’s. She used to make this dish during New Year’s. Because she didn’t leave a recipe, we now order nishime from Zippy’s, which is actually pretty delicious. 
I found a recipe online and I think I’ll try making it one day and see how it turns out. My grandma made so many great Japanese dishes, but she didn’t leave any recipes. It was all stored in her head. Now that’s a brilliant skill of a true chef! Haha!

http://www.ilovehawaiianfoodrecipes.com/recipes/nishime/

Be safe this weekend. 

FS~

Ozoni New Years tradition!

Happy first Thursday of 2017! Hope the first five days are treating you well.

Every New Year’s Day, I get excited because I get to eat ozoni, a Japanese mochi soup. It’s been a tradition for my entire life. My grandmother used to make it and then my auntie took over after she passed. My grandma used to say that we eat ozoni because it would bring us good luck for the new year. The mochi was what brought good luck and we would have to eat all the mochi that was in our bowl.

Everyone makes their ozoni differently. Some use a shrimp or fish base to make the dashi (or soup), some use chicken broth, like we do. Some add only veggies, some add meat, some add seafood. It’s very interesting to taste other people’s ozoni. I’ve tried two of my other aunties’ ozoni. They both were very different from the one I grew up eating.

Here’s an article about ozoni: http://jpninfo.com/40490

Happy upcoming weekend.

FS

Ringing in 2016 with sashimi!!

Happy New Year!! Wishing my readers a very happy and successful one! Hope all had a wonderful New Years Eve celebration!

Last night, my boyfriend brought hamachi (aka yellowtail) sashimi to our New Years celebration. It was to die for! The fish was tasty and oily (aka fatty)! Not to mention, fresh! That’s the most important!

Sashimi is a Japanese delicacy where the raw fish is sliced into thin pieces. It’s a popular dish during the holidays in Hawaii, especially New Years. Ahi sashimi is the most popular. Costco was loaded with ahi sashimi this past week. I like their sashimi- it’s onolicious!

Please be on the lookout for more postings in 2016! Be safe and happy eating!

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Aloha!