Saturday, March 31, 2012

Eat the Street - March 2012

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This Month's Theme: Japan

This is my second Eat The Street
Got to see some old friends and made
some new ones too

BTW, the food was pretty good too...

Monthly Event
in Honolulu

This month, forty food trucks and food booths set up
in a Kakaako parking lot
for some good grinds.

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Cooking up some empanadas

Shiitake Mushroom Empanadas
from Camile's on Wheels
"Special for the Event"

Furikake Rice Crispy Treat
from the Fairy Cake Truck

Special Bento Box
Dessert Sampler
"Special for the Event"

I LOVED the Lemon Squares!

MOMO Burger Truck

MOMO-Chi Burger
"Special for this Event"

mochi frico, nametake mushrooms, negi aioli,
and heri nori.

Nice crunch with the mochi frico

It's starting to get crowded

At the Sweet Revenge Truck

Pies, Pies, Pies...

Chicken Pot Pie

Nice buttery crust and big chunks of chicken

Ume Plum Pie
"Special for the Event"

Had to checkout the line at the KOI truck

Furikake Salmon Katsu
"Special for the Event"

Kabocha Crunch
with cream cheese frosting
"Special for the Event"

Red Velvet Cheesecake Malasadas
from Local Stop

azuki red bean swirl with green tea and honey sorbet
"Special for the Event"

What's an event without sliders?

Even the Leonard's truck was here...

Got my malasada fix!
Life is good...

If you're in Honolulu on the
Last Friday of the month,
checkout "Eat The Street"

Read my friend Mari's article
She's a real writer, not like me...

Eat The Street!

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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Friday, March 30, 2012

Honolulu Restaurant: Sushi Izakaya Gaku

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Not your typical Japanese restaurant...

Only Better!

Met up with an old friend @onokinegrindz and new friend @konish for a different Japanese experience. I've had Japanese food all over the place, even Japan, and Sushi Izakaya Gaku doesn't have the typical Japanese menu. Since it's an Izakaya, the menu is more Japanese tapas or small plates and great for sharing.

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What kind of beer do you order when you're
at a Japanese restaurant in Hawaii?
A Kona Longboard

I can get Sapparo, Asahi, and Kirin at any sushi place...

Hamachi Tartare

Served with a quail egg, masago, and green onions.

Very nice flavor


Sweet Japanese omelet

I usually don't order this, since most chefs today
don't know how to make it.

This was one of the best I've had outside of Japan.


It was dried and toasted,
nice seasoning.

Great smoky flavor

Beef Tataki

Besides the nice presentation,
it tasted as good as it looks...

Served with a special sweet soy sauce

Rock Cod

Steamed in a very flavorful broth.

Saba Nigiri
with shiso and konbu

This is a skill test for a sushi chef.
A lot of times the saba is too salty or too much vinegar.
Some chefs marinate it too long and it is 'cooked'
by the acid.

This one had a very clean taste,
so I know the chef was skilled...

Aji Salad

Spanish Mackerel salad with
shiso leaves, ginger, and onions.

One of my favorites of the evening:
Although it needed ponzu with it,
it was a very good salad.

Asari Clams

Clams cooked in sake

Very tasty broth...

Chef hanging the fish bones to dry.

The bones are fried and you can
enjoy the entire thing.

It goes well with sake...

Coffee Jelly

A nice way to end a fantastic dinner!

As you've probably noticed, we didn't have much sushi.
I was more interested in the other menu items and
what I instructed my friend to order.
For me, that's what new food experiences
are all about...

1329 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 589-1329

Reservations Highly Recommended!

Thank you @onokinegrindz and @konish!

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ramen Monday - March 5

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Gyoza Ramen

March is National Noodle Month!

Today is Ramen Monday and I'm in a Hurry! So, I'm having my gyoza in the soup. I don't have time to wait for my order to be served in two parts.

The thing I don't get is why Japanese open ramen restaurants in the U.S.? In Japan, they have ramen shops where you'd sit at the counter and service is fast. When ramen shops open here, they slow down the process and takes 15-20 minutes to serve ramen? It should take no more than 5 minutes to serve ramen, the noodles take 3-4 minutes to cook. If you've had Vietnamese pho, you know what I mean...

I don't know, maybe I'm asking too much... What do you think?

Just a Noodle Rant...

Happy National Noodle Month!

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