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Where can I buy a bottle of Huli-Huli sauce?

LL1 Feb 3, 2010 06:56 PM

Where can I buy a bottle of Huli-Huli sauce? Hawaiian friends told me I should be able to find it at any Asian market, but I frequent such establishments all over town, and I haven't seen it anywhere. I bought a bottle at Surfas, of all places, about a year ago. Returned shortly thereafter to buy more, and they didn't have it. Thanks!

  1. monku Feb 28, 2010 04:23 PM

    I suggest making their own in an upthread, but the OP wants to give a bottle as a gift.

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      LL1 Feb 11, 2010 09:23 PM

      Thanks Chows! I found Huli Huli sauce at the Gardena Marukai. Surfas said "it should be in sometime this week." Forget it! Besides, I paid 7++ for it at Surfas when I last bought it there, which I thought was ridiculous. It was 5 something at Marukai. Thanks for the Gardena Maukai referral. They have a whole Hawaiian section, which I look forward to exploring further.

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      1. re: LL1
        latindancer Feb 12, 2010 05:50 AM

        "it should be in sometime this week"....

        If I had a dollar for how many times they told me the same thing about at least 10 different items and then when I came into buy it they were out again...
        So glad you found it and thanks for the referral.

        1. re: latindancer
          budlit Feb 12, 2010 06:20 AM

          ditto that

      2. monku Feb 7, 2010 08:07 PM

        Don't know if it helps, but saw lot's of Huli Huli sauce at the Gardena Marukai. I'm surprised it's so expensive now. Used to be between $3-$4 a bottle.

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          Clinton Feb 4, 2010 08:19 AM

          Marukai in Gardena is probably the southbay's largest Hawaii products importer here in LA. If you don't find it there, then you'd probably have to order it from Hawaii via email. There are several websites that will ship to the mainland. Another option is to make it yourself like Monku suggested or go to: Alohaworld.com and check out the Ono recipe's section for local dishes.

          1. monku Feb 3, 2010 08:47 PM

            Maybe a long shot, but maybe I've seen it at Gelsons? If you're near one take a shot and look in the area where the teriyaki sauces are.

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            1. re: monku
              LL1 Feb 3, 2010 09:17 PM

              I've looked at Gelsons. I'm a grocery store fanatic - I hit up a lot of stores all the time. I'm not finding Huli-Huli anywhere. Help chows!

            2. monku Feb 3, 2010 07:47 PM

              Seen it at Mitsuwa and in Little Tokyo, Nijiya Market and Little Tokyo Marketplace.

              Easy to make your own.
              Soy Sauce
              minced garlic
              fresh minced ginger
              brown sugar

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              1. re: monku
                LL1 Feb 3, 2010 08:17 PM

                Thanks for the recipe! It does seem easy, but I'm not confident I can knock it out as well as the bottled stuff. Plus, I was going to give it as a gift, and the bottle is cute. Am I looking in the wrong aisle at the markets? I am looking in the bottled sauce aisle, where all the oyster and hoisin sauces are, the vinegars, oils, multitudes of Lee Kum Kee bottled products are located. I haven't seen Huli-Huli in Little Tokyo at Nijiya nor at Little Tokyo Marketplace (which surprised me, because that sauce aisle is huge) nor at Marukai in Weller Court.

                1. re: LL1
                  monku Feb 3, 2010 08:35 PM

                  You're looking in the right places, usually by the teriyaki sauces.
                  Can't imagine it's that popular, but now that you mention it, when I see it at Marukai in Gardena there aren't more than a few bottles of it on the shelf.

              2. ipsedixit Feb 3, 2010 07:26 PM

                Marukai has it, as does Family Food Supermarket in Gardena, http://familyfoodhawaii.com/index.php...

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                1. re: ipsedixit
                  LL1 Feb 3, 2010 07:43 PM

                  Which Marukai?

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                  latindancer Feb 3, 2010 07:18 PM

                  They had it at Surfas about 2 weeks ago when I purchased it myself.
                  For some reason Surfas has a problem with running out of stock items and not replenishing them within a reasonable amount of time.

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                  1. re: latindancer
                    LL1 Feb 3, 2010 08:27 PM

                    Surfas has annoyed me several times because of this, so much that I don't really feel like going back. Bought awesome frozen crab cakes, made a trip to stock up on more: not there. Bought really good frozen raviloli, thought original problem was anomaly, and went back to get more, but same problem: them didn't have them. And no Huli-Huli sauce either time. Forget it Surfas. I used to shop there before it got fancy. I'm not so sure I like it anymore.

                    1. re: LL1
                      latindancer Feb 3, 2010 08:39 PM

                      I agree wholeheartedly.
                      I loved a certain cracker I bought there, bought several packages, came back for more and they were out. I called back several times and eventually gave up after the buyer became aggravated with me for inquiring. I don't know what their problem is but they appear to continue to do business in spite of themselves.
                      I know I've seen Huli-Huli in other places and I'll try to remember and get back.

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