Archive for January 2012

Back in the 808: afternoon snacks

January 25, 2012

As soon as TM and I landed in Hawaii, we had to rush home to catch the end of the Niners game.  We managed to see most of the second half of the incredible game they played against the Saints (truly a bummer they lost to the Giants in OT this past weekend) while eating a bunch of goodies my in-laws had picked up for us.  TM had put in a request for a bunch of our favorites so we could eat them as an afternoon snack as soon as we got into town!

TM loves Genki Sushi.  It is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain that started in Japan.  They now have locations in Hawaii, Seattle, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuwait as well.  Ryan (my brother-in-law) picked up some salmon nigiri for us.  TM had forgotten that they serve it with thinly sliced onions and mayo on top.  It was perfect.

I am not crazy about salmon skin roll but TM loves ordering it whenever we’re at a sushi place.  He bases how good a Japanese place is by comparing their salmon skin and spicy tuna to those at Genki Sushi.  The salmon skin has just the right amount of crunch to it according to TM.

I think TM’s favorite thing to order from Genki Sushi is the spicy tuna roll.  We usually order this at sushi places but are often disappointed because a lot of restaurants serve tuna drenched in Sriracha sauce.  I love the red rooster as much of the next person but that is not what spicy tuna should be.  Genki has a great blend of tuna, mayo, chili powder, tobiko, sesame oil and green onions to make up their spicy tuna.

When we visited Seattle last year, we were driving around after we had eaten lunch when we saw a Genki Sushi sign.  TM’s eyes nearly fell out of their sockets, he was so shocked!  We had no idea Genki Sushi had locations outside of Japan and Hawaii.  Even though we were full from lunch, TM insisted we pick up a few rolls of spicy tuna to go.  That is how much he loves his spicy tuna!

Ryan also picked up spicy poke from Masa & Joyce Fish Market for us.  There are so many different kinds of poke with different flavors.  They actually have ahi poke, shoyu (soy sauce) poke, limu (seaweed) poke, tako (octopus) poke, etc. to name a few.  Every restaurant seems to have their own variation and every person seems to have their favorite.  Personally, I like shoyu poke the best.  It doesn’t mask the flavor of the fish, just enhances it in my opinion.  TM likes limu poke the best because of the crunch and flavor of the seaweed.  The spicy poke was good although I felt like the spicy flavors covered up a little too much of the fish.

TM’s parents picked up cake noodle with minute chicken from Kin Wah Chop Suey for us.  The first time I had cake noodle at a friend’s house in Hawaii, I was in heaven!  It seemed genius to pan fry a bunch of noodles together and serve it with oyster sauce and chicken.  As a little kid, I used to search for chunks of noodles in chow mein plates so I wouldn’t have to subject myself to any vegetables.  Even though I’ve grown up some, I still love noodles and only noodles at times.  These were a bit on the oily side but since I rarely get to eat this dish, I figured it was okay.  Plus, we were on vacation!

TM’s parents also picked up kau yuk with buns from Kin Wah as well.  I actually didn’t get to try these because I was so busy eating everything else.  These are char siu pork that you wrap in the buns yourself to eat.

We were so excited to eat and watch the game that we didn’t even sit down!  We stood around the kitchen counter with our chopsticks and took bites of all the amazing food as we walked back and forth between the kitchen and family room.  Our crazy nine-day food tour in the 808 had begun!!

Genki Sushi (various locations)  45-480 Kaneohe Bay Drive  Kaneohe, Hawaii

Masa & Joyce Fish Market  45-582 Kamehameha Highway  Kaneohe, HI

Kin Wah Chop Suey  45-588 Kamehameha Highway   Kaneohe, HI

Happy 2012!

January 10, 2012

Did you make any resolutions this year?  While I could probably do without dessert for a few weeks and work out more, this post isn’t about dieting.  It is about my love for sharing food with others.  One of my resolutions for 2012 is to update this blog more.  Significantly more than last year.  I saw a quote online recently that I decided to make my motto: “Eat Well, Travel Often.”  TM and I often travel with our stomachs and I am lucky to have found someone willing to share this motto with me.

Our first adventure of 2012 starts this weekend to the Aloha State where TM grew up.  It’s been awhile since we’ve been back to the islands and our list of places to eat is twenty-one places deep.  Twenty-one!  We’ve got breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and late night snacks planned out for the short time we’re there and I plan to diligently blog about our journey.

I apologize because I’ve probably shared this picture before but poke is one of the things I crave the most when I think about food from the islands.  It is a raw fish salad (usually yellowfin tuna) served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine.   We love picking it up from Foodland or other places and eating it with rice.  The last time we were back, we practically went straight from the airport to buy poke to eat as part of our first meal.  I am hoping this time we can do the same!

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