Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Izakayas, Shave Ice and Salmon Skin
Gazen Izakaya Tofu: Sweet sesame miso sauce (Saikyo), plain w/ sea salt and tea leaves, black sesame seed (Kurogoma)
Gazen Izakaya 2840 Kapiolani Blvd - tofu specialist, a dark club/bar atmosphere -- Tofu sampler and the Daikon Salad. The other items on the menu are hit or miss. The fried squid (or octopus?) and standard izakaya small dishes were decent.
Tokkuri Tei - salmon skin salad is great - crispy salmon skin, crunchy fish roe, greens in a nutty miso dressing, and creamy tofu. Squid pancake hearty and interesting sea flavor. Mid range sushi also very good.
Salmon Skin Salad
Maguro Ya - sushi/sashimi. The fish is good here. They specialize in salmon, but we have not been disappointed by anything we've ordered here. I get the teishoku for variety.
KCC Farmer's Market - I like the stand with the kalua pork cooked in an Imu - you have to ask them b/c they don't always cook it Imu style. The bbq'd abalone is fine, though not worth waiting in a long line. The spicy ausage on a stick is also worthwhile.
Tanioka's - out of the way, but a good poke spot. Tako, spicy marlin and Japan clam.
Ginza Bairin - a tonkatsu specialist with a booth in Shirokiya. Be sure to ask him to cook one for you rather than grabbing a pre-made bento. Simple dish with the fried pork and spicy curry. I also like the rice specialist in Shirokiya which is near this booth.
Goma Tei - not destination worthy but an option in Ala Moana Center - tan tan ramen, the soup is a little salty but good if you like sesame flavor.
YuChun - mool naem myun specialist. Not exceptional but it's nice to have cold noodles in the hot weather.
Ailana Shave Ice - much more natural flavored syrups, mild. A good option near Ala Moana Mall.
Tenkaippen - Their Kotteri Ramen is pretty good, though Yotteko Ya paitan spicy is still my favorite.