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

 

New Years Eve grindz!

We survived the first week of 2017! Yahoo! Hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year!

The food we consume during the New Year is awesome! I get excited for all the wonderful, ono food, as we only get to eat them once per year! I find myself eating more on New Year’s Eve and Day, than any other holiday.

For the entire life, we’ve eaten homemade saimin on the Eve. “Saimin” is a local term we say in the islands. It is very similar to ramen. My grandmother used to boil the broth for hours on the Eve and then serve it at night. After she passed, my dad took over. One of my aunts prepares the sides to add to the saimin (i.e., Chinese cabbage, fishcake, and cha siu pork). We also prepare soba, buckwheat noodles, as it symbolizes good luck in Japanese.

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Doesn’t this look mouthwatering?!

My boyfriend prepared fresh ahi blue fin and hamachi sashimi. It was so good! Especially the hamachi, since I don’t have that too often. Our family whacked it out of the park!

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Oh man! Look how shiny that looks!

One of my other aunts makes her homemade mochi and manju, a Japanese confection made with flour, rice powder, and buckwheat, and filled with azuki beans. She even added butter mochi to the platter this past year! She also leaves some kinako powder, roasted soy bean flour, mixed with sugar to dip the mochi in. Yum!

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Ahh, it’s almost gone! It’s THAT ono!

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But not to worry! There’s another platter that a family friend gave us to enjoy! Yummy!

And there ya have it! Our New Year’s Eve tradition!