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Eating legit Kobe Beef

Last night I had the opportunity to take my wife to Teppanyaki Ginza Onodera. I basically asked Siri for restaurants “in my area”. This was the first place that was recommended.

I will not labor you with all the dramatic elements that led me to this restaurant. However I will say this… it is the only restaurant in the state of Hawaii allowed to serve Japanese Kobe beef. Apparently there are many restaurants that serve Kobe beef, but select few are privileged to serve the Japan version. The executive chef made it clear that the “bloodline” of the Japanese Kobe beef is not shared with American ranchers. (or other purveyors of Kobe beef)

Let just say that every side dish from the fresh array of vegetables to even the crab legs and the final item which was 100 percent kona coffee… was exquisite. One unique item was the hydroponic salad. The ahi sashimi was literally BROKDAMOUT! And the seared Hawaiian snapper! to the Kobe beef tare tare… dude I’m getting hungry writing this.

Enough with the blah blah blah. The Kobe beef was cooked medium. It melted in my mouth. It was sooooooo good. I eat steak every 3 days… and this steak was literally the best i have ever tasted. I’m not one of many words… so please enjoy the pictures and watch my “debrief” on Periscope ( replay is here)

If you plan on eating here keep in mind that the dishes start at 160 a person.

the address should you decide to eat here is: 1726 S. King Street Honolulu, HI 96826

 

 

 

 

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Hole in the wall restaurant in Hawaii…

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WHAT IS THIS PLACE?

Welcome to Hano No Sato. Emily and I found this little “hole in the wall” restaurant in the heart of Waikiki. We walked 5 minutes from our hotel room to get some Ramen. As soon as we arrived there was one problem. No Ramen. We discussed the possibility of leaving for about three minutes. I’m glad we stayed. Emily ordered Hamachi Sashimi and I ordered Ahi Sashimi to start. Da buggahs was ONO! (tasty) The Yellowtail (Hamachi) sashimi was buttery and light and the same time… Rich and flavorful. The Ahi was perfect. Firm and beautiful texture in every bite. [pic below]

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For our “main course” we ordered Steak and Toro Yukke [similar to Hawaiian sweet Poke]. For the most part I always eat my steak medium. Even though this was a sushi restaurant I took a chance on the steak. [I had some far-fetched fantasy that I would be served Kobe Beef LOL] Ems Toro Yukke was “ok” as I didn’t come here to eat Poke. As our main courses came out our side dishes came out as well. I can’t tell you what they were as I didn’t ask  LOL. All I know is that they were really tasty! Taking my first bite into that steak was a delight. It was tender and cooked EXACTLY as I ordered it. Simple. No sauces. Just salt and pepper. There is not much I can say about the food because it was simple and fresh. Nothing complicated just good food prepared perfectly.

If there is one drawback (and it’s actually a plus) is the fact that this place is isolated. It’s not visible from the street… Its hidden under a staircase in a dark alley. There is approximately 30 seats total in this place. But the major benefit of a place like this… It’s exclusive to those who know about it. The next time I go there I will try the welk sashimi.

THE VERDICT

Total bill with tip: 80 bucks. Worth it? Definitely. The address? I won’t tell you. When you come to Hawaii I will tell you how to get there 🙂

 

 

Cream Cheese Thingy Dessert

 

I really cannot stress enough that I am not a chef. I am just a simple guy from Hawaii that loves to share my life with you…and that includes cooking.

[if you rather watch the “live cooking show’ watch my replay —> here ]

What was it?

croissant rolls [store-bought kind]

1 cup sugar

1 block cream cheese [13oz i think lol]

1/2 cup sugar

tsp vanilla

apples [apple pie filling is easiest]

sugar and cinnamon [pre-mixed]

What I did

I mixed the cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until creamy smooth.

Next, I rolled out the dough [make sure there is enough flour spread out so it doesn’t stick]

After dough was flattened out I placed the apples and cream cheese in the center of the croissant dough [usually the pre-cuts are triangles]

I then sprinkled the sugar/cinnamon mix. After that I folded the dough over creating a nice “dumpling” look. LOL. To make sure that the filling stay inside I used a fork to “pinch” the dough tight. [watch video]

I then baked them in the oven at 375 degrees for 12-14 min [make sure to use parchment paper so the bottom doesn’t burn]

the VERDICT

“DA buggahs was ono!” I’m not comfortable with baking simply because it requires measuring things out. I am the type of cook that likes to just chop stuff and throw it in a pan. I must say that I am slightly proud that it tasted good. Now all I need to do is work on my presentation! MAHALO for reading this… and please watch the VIDEO if this blog confused you LOL

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Cooking Chicken Bok Bok

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The Dish

Chicken BOK BOK. Thats the name I chose and I am running with it. This post is for all the people who watch me on Periscope. If you’re reading this you need to watch my live broadcast to get the full effect of my kamikaze style cooking. The dish is simply chicken thighs (de-boned) with a bunch of ingredients that don’t sound right at first… But you need to try it. Just once. LOL here’s the ingredients:

1lb chicken (thighs), slice of ginger, 1/2 onion, Hawaiian salt, fresh cracked pepper, 2 oz. Elephant ear(chinese fungus… yes!) 1 oz. Shiitake mushroom, 2 stalks celery, 1 small carrot, wax beans( 1 handful) Lee Kum Kee sauce (black bean and garlic) Braggs liquid aminos (soy sauce alternative) 1 cup water, avocado oil and 3 tsp corn starch.

What I did

I cooked it. LOL. seriously… I sliced everything up into small pieces. (watch your fingertips) first I sautĂ©ed the onions and ginger. Next the chicken went in. I’ll say this now: I season with salt and pepper every time I add ingredients into the pan. I added a tsp of the Black Bean Garlic sauce. Once the chicken was cooked I put it in a separate dish.

Fry carrots, celery and wax beans in 1 tsp oil. season. Add tsp of Black Bean garlic sauce. Add Elephant ear and shiitake. Stir. Add 1 cup water (300-500 ml for you METRIC system folks) Cover for 5 minutes.

TASTE TEST… I think it goes without saying to TASTE your food along the way. If you forgot now’s your last chance. Add liquid aminos (or soy sauce) if you need more salt/flavor.  At this point mix water with your corn starch. Stir your corn starch into pan on slight boil. Carefully fold in until all liquid is gravy like. Turn off heat.

The VERDICT

“Da buggah was brokdamout” … or delicious in english. Here in Hawaii we eat everything with RICE… so slap dis buggah over some rice!  What does it taste like? Predominantly Chinese. A little Japanese (with the Shiitake)… and it’s savory not sweet.

DISCLAIMER 

I am not a chef. I’m just a Hawaiian that loves to eat. I love to cook for myself and my family. A man who can’t cook is at a disadvantage. I always like having the upper hand. And I think my wife is okay with me taking some of the responsibility of cooking.

If you missed the link earlier… watch it here on —-> PERISCOPE

MAHALO FOR READING…  I really hate typing. But I love sharing… Cheeeee!

Cooking with Me

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THE PREMISE

I’m not a chef. I love to eat. That’s enough motivation to make me want to become a better cook. That alongside with having four kids motivates me to get out of my comfort zones… at least when it comes to cooking.

THE DISH

Habanero Chicken Curry. That’s the name of the dish. The first time that I’ve ever made Thai style curry. I’ve eaten tons of restaurant versions. But tonight, I decided I’ll give it a shot.

THE INGREDIENTS

16 ounces chicken, 2 garlic cloves, salt, pepper, 3 kaffir lime leaves, ginger, carrots, bell peppers, 1 potato, 1 can coconut milk, red boat fish sauce and Habanero peppers.

MY THOUGHTS

After combining all the ingredients and tasting for the first time… I was blown away. Not because I didn’t believe that I could do it… But the flavors that came out from those simple ingredients. I will definitely be doing another dish this week! I am most likely going to use shrimp on my next one 🙂

Please watch my video on Periscope if you want to see how I made it. ENJOY!

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My top 5 places to eat on Oahu

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Aloha everyone. This is a quick list that was comprised for my Periscope viewers that are planning to travel here. Keep in mind that much more could have been added to this list…But I simplified it as much as possible

 

  1. Helenas Hawaiian Food – http://www.helenashawaiianfood.com – they have the best hawaiian food period. Unless you know a Hawaiian and they invite you to a family luau… Helenas is your best bet. They are closed on Tuesdays and only take cash
  2. L&L – they are not the healthiest, but its a place that all the locals know about. They have everything from Hawaiian to Japanese, Chinese and Korean.. and of course burgers. http://HawaiianBarbecue.com
  3. Zippys – the best local food plus a great bakery.One of my all time dishes is their Zip Min. Its a hearty Ramen dish. go to http://www.zippys.com
  4. Buzzs Steak house in Lanikai- pricey, but they have good steaks and drinks. They also have a great selection of locally sourced ingredients http://www.buzzsoriginalsteakhouse.com
  5. Boots and Kimos – if you can justify waiting in line for 1 hour… you have to get one item… Pancakes with their WORLD FAMOUS macadamia nut sauce. http://www.bootsnkimos.com