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Okazuya Honolulu

kare_raisu Apr 15, 2007 06:09 PM

I am looking for some reccomendations on places not to miss and their best dishes. Thank you!

  1. kimcheesoup Jul 18, 2007 07:21 PM

    i agree with cowfish.... Mitsuken's chicken is good - garlicky enough.

    the li hing mui slush IS one of the best brain freezes you'll ever have....

    and onokinegrindz.com is a great site... i hope you checked it out. happy hunting!

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    1. re: kimcheesoup
      Debbie M Jul 19, 2007 11:09 AM

      I had a li hing margarita at the Blaisdell Center, during intermission at the sumo tournament, that qualifies as one of the best brain freezes, alcoholic division. It was a slushy one, from a machine, so I imagine a proper one, mixed by a bartender, could be very impressive.

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      cowfish Apr 17, 2007 11:01 AM

      Fukuya near all the flower shops in UH has the typical okazuya fare. There are always a few older Japanese ladies behind the counter ready to assist you in choosing from the various dishes. When I go with my family we get musubis (furikake and nori), chow-fun, teriyaki beef, potato hash and ahi. They also have all kinds of pickled treats like namasu, nishime and takuan.

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        sambrada Apr 17, 2007 12:55 PM

        here's a good resource (search archives by category- there's a listing for "okazuya"):

        http://onokinegrindz.com/

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          cowfish Jun 14, 2007 08:44 AM

          Tried Mitsu-ken a few weeks ago. The garlic chicken wasn't as garlicky as Sugoi's, which was a good thing. They are generous with the furikake, so let them know if you don't want tons. Lots of rice in the bento too. The musubis were pretty good and really cheap. Huge cone sushi, though not my favorite because of the size and overall flavor. All in all, a good experience and I'll definitely be back.

        2. kare_raisu Apr 16, 2007 08:04 PM

          Thousand thanks guys - these places have been transcribed in my notes!

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            curiousgeo Apr 16, 2007 10:53 AM

            Gulick Deli, on South King Street and their original location in Kalihi on Gulick Ave. One of the best okazuya around Honolulu IMO. Almost everything is well done here, the problem is deciding what to get. We almost always order too much because everything looks so good as you go down the line of dishes.

            1. cgfan Apr 15, 2007 07:46 PM

              Probably not exactly what you're looking for, but here's a suggestion for you that's in-between the realms of savory and sweet...

              As for myself I cannot imagine making a trip to the islands without visiting my favorite store, the "Crack Seed Center" in Ala Moana mall and other locations. (http://www.crackseedcenter.com/ ) Think of it like an "Aji Ichiban" store (http://www.ajiichiban.com.hk/eng/index.php ) on steroids... If you're familiar with "Li Hing Mui", then you know what just one of the major categories of snacks this store carries... (http://www.crackseedcenter.com/ProductGroupSearch.aspx?NewSearchTerms=li%20hing%20mui

              )

              The store's reminiscent of an old-style candy store, apothecary, or Chinese herb shop, but focused on selling by weight all kinds of preserved and dried fruits, fish, seafood, shellfish, meats, and rice crackers, all meant for snacking. Kind of like Trader Joe's dried fruit and nuts section but with an Asian twist and reinterpreted into a specialty store format.

              Growing up we used to call these "sour plums" or "Li Hing Mui", and whoever would bring some to school would have many of their classmates begging for a taste. In the islands they call it "crack seed", which makes it sound almost illicit, and to top it off it's very addictive (due to it's taste!)... Here's a short Wikipedia entry on it that explains the reason behind the name "crack seed". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crack_seed

              )

              Note: this is not the cheapest place to buy such items, but it's worth it in that it brings together a large selection under one roof.

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              1. re: cgfan
                Debbie M Apr 16, 2007 02:36 PM

                I love the li hing mui slush at the Crack Seed Center.

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                  cgfan Apr 16, 2007 04:49 PM

                  Mmmmmmm, sounds Ono-licious! Never had it; how is it made?

                  1. re: cgfan
                    Debbie M Apr 17, 2007 10:30 AM

                    It is. It's a standard slush-style drink, out of a slush machine, but instead of being syrupy sweet, it has that li hing mui feeling. Available at the drinks counter, to the left of the entrance.

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                    kathyyl Jul 22, 2007 02:44 AM

                    I second that, the li hing mui slushies are addicting!

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