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!

The discovery of a new ramen joint!

The other week, I went to lunch with my colleague and we tried a new ramen place- Junpuu, located at the Medical Arts Building across Thomas Square. For the longest time, Junpun used to be my favorite French place, Le Guignol. I’ve never heard of this place before, but apparently, they’ve been around for a couple years.

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My colleague ordered the Garlic Tokyo (top pic) and I ordered the Garlic Miso (bottom). Don’t they both look identical? We enjoyed it very much!

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Almond tofu for dessert, topped with a goji berry. That was very delicious! Tofu rocks!!!

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Junpuu
1010 S. King St., Suite 108; Honolulu, 96814
808-260-1901
https://www.yelp.com/biz/junpuu-honolulu-3