Who says ozoni can’t be eaten all-year-long?

I say ME! I LOVE ozoni, Japanese good luck mochi soup that’s usually eaten at New Year’s. I look forward to trying different ozonis, and that’s exactly what I did when we went to Sekiya’s. Ozoni was on their menu and I ordered it! I was so excited to try another ozoni. All the ozonis I’ve tried have all tasted very different, which is awesome!

The ozoni at Sekiya’s was made with a fish soup base (and boy was the taste strong!). The soup contained very simple ingredients: Chinese cabbage, green onions, and mochi. Simple as that! I enjoyed it very much!

Read my earlier post on ozoni, below:

Ozoni New Years tradition!

If you like “old school” Japanese restaurants, Sekiya’s is the place!

Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen
2746 Kaimuki Ave.; Honolulu, 96816
http://sekiyasrestaurant.com/index.html

 

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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