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Mamaya Japanese Foods – Mamma Mia!

March 1, 2013

Yeah, I know “Mamma Mia!” is an Italian phrase and this place I’m about to cover is not, but “Mamaya” is not exactly the easiest word to rhyme or come up with something clever for. It was either that or something to do with Papayas. 😛

We have a tradition in the Sugimoto household where we pack up our mat, drinks and selves, head to a favorite eatery to pick up lunch, and then head to Moanalua Gardens for a family picnic. One morning, the wife excitedly exclaimed that she wanted to pick up from this new place called Mamaya that recently (December, 2012) opened up in Pearl Kai Shopping Center. She heard about it from her mom and was particularly excited because it was the same bento company that serves up her favorites at Shirokiya’s Yataimura.

As a fan of new eateries and not having to drive very far, I was intrigued. So off we went, with drinks and selves in tow.

Mamaya Japanese Foods sign
Mamaya Japanese Foods sign

It’s located on the east end of the shopping center (to the left of Sprint, Kuru Kuru Sushi and Subway), where I believe BBQ Hut used to be.

When you first walk in, you’ll notice a delicatessen style lineup on the right.

Delicatessen style options at Mamaya
Delicatessen style options at Mamaya

Keeping things simple, everything from the “deli” – hot or cold – is Mix and Match style for $7.75 per pound. Here are the options we found that day.

Fried Ahi Belly with Teri Ginger Sauce, Mochiko Chicken, Yakisoba Noodle, Whitefish with Butter Caper Sauce
Fried Ahi Belly with Teri Ginger Sauce, Mochiko Chicken, Yakisoba Noodle, Whitefish with Butter Caper Sauce

Tofu Steak with Vegetable Sauce, Beef Broccoli, Chicken Katsu, Nishime
Tofu Steak with Vegetable Sauce, Beef Broccoli, Chicken Katsu, Nishime

Assorted Sushi, Pumpkin Tempura, Fried Pork Hash, Eggplant with Teriyaki Sauce, Potato Salad
Assorted Sushi, Pumpkin Tempura, Fried Pork Hash, Eggplant with Teriyaki Sauce, Potato Salad

Sweet Egg, Broccoli Salad, Water Crest with Sesame Seed, Kinpira Gobo, Namasu, Takuan, Aokappa, Kim Chee
Sweet Egg, Broccoli Salad, Water Crest with Sesame Seed, Kinpira Gobo, Namasu, Takuan, Aokappa, Kim Chee

Then you move along to the left and find something unique.

Poke Bowls!
Poke Bowls!

You can make a mini Poke Bowl for $5.75 or a regular sized Poke Bowl for $7.50 with your choice of rice (plain or multigrain). You can also go for the Mamaya Special Bowl for $8.25, where you can choose two kinds of Poke in addition to one side (Seaweed Salad or Won Bok Kim chee) with your rice. Looking at the per pound prices for the poke by itself ($14.50 for previously frozen ahi!), cost-wise, you’re better off going with the bowl.

Just past the register, we get to the drinks and the prepackaged stuff. The neat thing about the bentos is that if you are looking for a particular kind or combo and they don’t have it out, you can make a special request and they may be able to custom build your order (depending on supply) with a 10-20 minute waiting period. We were there just before lunch, and they were already decently wiped out. Luckily, we were able to find what we wanted. (Hint: the Misoyaki Butterfish and Mochiko Chicken are their popular items.) Here were some of the tasty looking options we found.

Mochiko Chicken Bento ($7.50)
Mochiko Chicken Bento ($7.50)

Hamachi Kama Combo Bento ($9.95)
Hamachi Kama Combo Bento ($9.95)

Salmon Dynamite Combo Bento ($8.50)
Salmon Dynamite Combo Bento ($8.50)

Grilled Salmon Combo Bento ($8.50)
Grilled Salmon Combo Bento ($8.50)

They even have donburis, musubis, handrolls, chichidango and mochi, amongst other interesting items!

Mochiko Chicken Curry Donburi ($5.75)
Mochiko Chicken Curry Donburi ($5.75)

Mochi with Peanut Butter ($2.50)
Mochi with Peanut Butter ($2.50)

Then we were off to Moanalua Gardens for our family picnic.

My Mochiko Chicken Bento at Moanalua Gardens
My Mochiko Chicken Bento at Moanalua Gardens

So if you’re a born-again westsidah like me, check out their new, closer location at Pearl Kai Shopping Center, and then come meet us at Moanalua Gardens. Just be sure to bring some fruits too. I dunno, maybe some papayas?

The fam
The fam

Mamaya
Pearl Kai Shopping Center
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy
Aiea, HI 96701 (Street View)
(808) 492-1863
Hours:
Mon-Sat 10am-7:30pm
Sun 10am-5pm

 

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Where In (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 6, 2013

February 6, 2013

Wheeee! Double digit comments AGAIN! We’re on a roll! LOL! Can we make um tree in a row? 😉

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 6, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 6, 2013

Photo 1) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 6, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 6, 2013

Photo 2) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________
(Hint: Stay in Wahiawa)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 6, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 6, 2013

Photo 3) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________


VH07V SPOTTED!

How awesome is this!? This week’s “Spotted” shot for VH07V is of Jesse Sapolu sporting his San Francisco 49ers inspired VH07V with local boy Isaac Sopoaga prior to this past Sunday’s Super Bowl! Hard luck to Isaac and the Niners, but WOW what a game!

San Francisco 49er Jesse Sapolu with Isaac Sopoaga & Family
San Francisco 49er Jesse Sapolu with Isaac Sopoaga & Family

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* It’s official! I will have a booth (for VH07V) at next month’s Ukulele Picnic event taking place on Sunday, February 10th from 9am to sunset! Come on down and listen to good kine ukulele jams from musicians from Hawaii, Japan and around the world like: Begin, Manoa DNA, Kuuipo Kumukahi, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Kiyosaku (of Mongol800), Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Herb Ohta, Hiroshi Okada, Skyler Kamaka, Kalei Gamiao, Jody Kamisato, Kimiko Wakiyama, IWAO, Ukelele Orchestra from Japan, Kapena, Jazzoom Cafe, Bruce Shimabukuro, Trey Terada, Aldrine Guerrero, Seiji Katsu, Singto Numchok, and Hirokazu Ogura! There will also be food vendors, ukulele related vendors and vendors like me, and even a kid’s area with inflatables and more!

Ukulele Picnic - Sunday, Feb 10 @ 9am-sunset (click to enlarge)
Ukulele Picnic – Sunday, Feb 10 @ 9am-sunset (click to enlarge)

* I recently ordered a custom VH07V ukulele from the gang at KoAloha Ukulele. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

* Most of my HUGE re-fill order is in! Still waiting on the embroidered wicker polos and one of my two new designs.

* The other new design is in! Can you guess what it is? 🙂


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As always, a big mahalos to everyone for your support and for helping to spread the VH07V! 8)

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Where In (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 30, 2013

January 30, 2013

Wheeee! Double digit comments last week! It’s a miracle! 😛 Nah, but fo’ real… Mahalo to those of you who continue to check in, week after week. These blogs take fo-evah fo put together so the feedback at least tells me you’re still out there and I’m not just entertaining myself. LOL! Anyway, here are this weeks pics.

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 30, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 30, 2013

Photo 1) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 30, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 30, 2013

Photo 2) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________
(Hint: Stay in Wahiawa)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 30, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 30, 2013

Photo 3) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________


VH07V SPOTTED!

This week’s “Spotted” shot for VH07V is of ukulele virtuoso Lance Kawika Lopes, Jr. having dinner at Shirokiya’s Yataimura. Lance is pretty mean on the ukulele as showcased on his Youtube channel.

Lance Kawika Lopes, Jr. spreads his VH07V at Shirokiya's Yataimura
Lance Kawika Lopes, Jr. spreads his VH07V at Shirokiya’s Yataimura

Speaking of the ukulele, check out the section below!

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* It’s official! I will have a booth (for VH07V) at next month’s Ukulele Picnic event taking place on Sunday, February 10th from 9am to sunset! Come on down and listen to good kine ukulele jams from musicians from Hawaii, Japan and around the world like: Begin, Manoa DNA, Kuuipo Kumukahi, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Kiyosaku (of Mongol800), Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Herb Ohta, Hiroshi Okada, Skyler Kamaka, Kalei Gamiao, Jody Kamisato, Kimiko Wakiyama, IWAO, Ukelele Orchestra from Japan, Kapena, Jazzoom Cafe, Bruce Shimabukuro, Trey Terada, Aldrine Guerrero, Seiji Katsu, Singto Numchok, and Hirokazu Ogura! There will also be food vendors, ukulele related vendors and vendors like me, and even a kid’s area with inflatables and more!

Ukulele Picnic - Sunday, Feb 10 @ 9am-sunset (click to enlarge)
Ukulele Picnic – Sunday, Feb 10 @ 9am-sunset (click to enlarge)

* I recently ordered a custom VH07V ukulele from the gang at KoAloha Ukulele. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

* Still waiting on my HUGE re-fill order to come in (the holidays wiped me out)! Hopefully it doesn’t take too much longer.

* Submitted new styles (embroidered wicker type polo, racerbacks for da wahine, etc.) and designs. I should get those in time for the Ukulele Picnic! Yay!

* Speaking of new designs, in a recent poll on Facebook and Instagram, this is the one that got the most votes, so we’ll start printing these ASAP.


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Hawaii Ramen Quest – Part I

October 1, 2011
 Part I  | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V

Anyone who knows anything about me, knows that my love for ramen runs deep. It borders on obsession. So much so that I’m convinced my mom cut her milk with ramen soup before popping the bottle into my mouth.

So it was a no-brainer to follow up my popular “Poke Paradise” series with this here Ramen Quest, a pursuit for the perfect bowl of ramen, right here in Hawaii.

Now when I say ramen (or rahmen / ラーメン as we Nihonjins like to call it), I’m not talking about the localized interpretation of it referred to here as saimin (no offense saimin lovers). I’m talking about the hardcore, straight from the muthaland kine noodle and soup combination that you fantasize of. I’ve tasted some of the best there is in Japan, and have been living to replicate that euphoria ever since. (See, I told you I was obsessed! 8) )

First up is Yotteko-Ya, located on the west end of McCully Shopping Center (opposite Fook Yuen).

Yotteko-Ya entrance
Yotteko-Ya entrance

The specialty here is their Paitan soup base, which is described as a “richer, more flavorful chicken & pork based broth” and simmered for hours. In it, swims their perfectly cooked, al dente (Japanese style) noodles and homemade chashu pork, along with green onions, seaweed and sesame seeds.

Paitan Ramen from Yotteko-Ya
Paitan Ramen from Yotteko-Ya

They also have an amazing Chashu Gohan (which includes chunks of chashu similar to the one in the ramen) that my wife goes absolutely gaga over.

Chashu Gohan
Chashu Gohan

Our go-to meals here are usually the Paitan C Set, which includes the Paitan Ramen, Chashu Gohan (or Mini Yakibuta Chahan), and Gyoza, or the Paitan D Set, which includes the Paitan Ramen, Chashu Gohan (or Mini Yakibuta Chahan), and Karaage (fried chicken).

Paitan D Set: Paitan Ramen, Chashu Gohan, & (Chicken) Karaage - $12.95
Paitan D Set: Paitan Ramen, Chashu Gohan, & (Chicken) Karaage – $12.95

It should come as no surprise that the ramen I featured first in this series is a franchise straight from Japan. In fact, during a trip there in ’08, we actually went to the one in Odaiba.

Yotteko-Ya in Odaiba Japan (Tokyo)
Yotteko-Ya in Odaiba Japan (Tokyo)

Here’s a look at what the Chashu Ramen looked like there.

Chashu ramen from Odaiba's Yotteko-Ya in Tokyo
Chashu ramen from Odaiba’s Yotteko-Ya in Tokyo

Yotteko-Ya
1960 Kapiolani Blvd #214
Honolulu, HI 96826 (map)
(808) 946-2900
Lunch Hours: Mon-Sun: 11am-2pm
Dinner Hours: Mon-Sat: 5pm-11pm, Sun: 5pm-9pm
@ramen_yottekoya

I first covered our next spot back when they were located in Waikiki.

Owner Scott Suzui and his wife Mayumi outside the original Tenkaippin location in Waikiki
Owner Scott Suzui and his wife Mayumi outside the original Tenkaippin location in Waikiki

The restaurant is called Tenkaippin Ramen (which is also a franchise straight from Japan) and is owned by Scott Suzui and his wife Mayumi. If you think they look familiar, they have since become local celebrities of sorts, thanks to their show on OC16 called “Ultimate Japan”.

This is my go-to restaurant whenever I’m in the area, and I usually like to bring along a friend or two. On this occasion, I brought my boy Bari who seems to be enjoying his bowl of ramen just a little too much. 😛

Bari loves his Tenkaippin Ramen
Bari loves his Tenkaippin Ramen

Similar to Yotteko-Ya, Tenkaippin is known for their soup base (known here as kotteri) which is accomplished by stewing chicken and vegetables for over 10 hours. Most ingredients are actually flown in fresh from Japan too!

Tenkaippin's Kotteri Ramen - $8.75
Tenkaippin’s Kotteri Ramen – $8.75

Here’s a peek at what it actually looks like to scoop a mouthful of noodles from this thick, kotteri soup base.

Video of Kotteri Ramen from Tenkaippin’s

 

Tenkaippin Ramen
617 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815 (map)
(808) 732-1211
Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm

I had to fly all the way to Waikoloa on the Big Island (FBI!) to get this next bowl of yummy goodness. It’s the D.K.’s Crab Ramen from Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Queen’s MarketPlace, Waikoloa Beach Resort).

D.K.'s Crab Ramen and Asian Truffle Broth with King Crab, Cilantro, Thai Basil and Mild Jalapenos - $17.95
D.K.’s Crab Ramen and Asian Truffle Broth with King Crab, Cilantro, Thai Basil and Mild Jalapenos – $17.95

One word of caution. After tantalizing our taste buds with this one while on vacation at Waikoloa, we were excited to have it again (and again) at the Sansei closer to home (Waikiki). It was a HUGE disappointment. It did not come close to what we remember enjoying FBI-style, and, if you take a look at the photo below from Sansei Waikiki, you’ll see that it looked nothing like it either.

Disappointing Crab Ramen from Sansei Waikiki
Disappointing Crab Ramen from Sansei Waikiki

We actually tried our luck again on a trip to Maui, and the one at the Kapalua Resort turned out to also be a letdown.

Disappointing Crab Ramen from Sansei Kapalua
Disappointing Crab Ramen from Sansei Kapalua

We’re actually afraid to go back to try the one at Waikoloa in case it was a McDreamy, one time (all-stars-aligned type of) thing. Sansei peeps, if you’re reading this, what’s the scoops?

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Queens Market Place, Waikoloa Beach Resort)
201 Waikoloa Beach Drive Suite 801
Waikoloa, HI 96738 (map)
(808) 669-6286
Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm-10pm
Late Night Dining: Friday and Saturday: 10pm-1am

And finally, talk about good timing… Shirokiya is in the middle of their “Best of Japan: Ramen & Gyoza Festival”, where they bring in popular ramen (and gyoza) vendors from Japan to be featured at their new Yataimura area for two weeks at a time.

The first in the series (featured from 08/23-09/05) was Menya Ifudoudou Ramen from Osaka who served 7,658 bowls during their two week stint! They presented their Kuroton Shibori (dark) and Akaton Shibori (spicy/red) options. Here’s a look at both:

Kuroton Shibori Ramen from Menya Ifudoudou Ramen from Osaka Japan - $8.95
Kuroton Shibori Ramen from Menya Ifudoudou Ramen from Osaka Japan – $8.95

Akaton Shibori Ramen from Menya Ifudoudou Ramen from Osaka Japan - $8.95
Akaton Shibori Ramen from Menya Ifudoudou Ramen from Osaka Japan – $8.95

I don’t know if it was because it was the last day of the series and they were running low on noodles, but the portions were REALLY skimpy.

The second in the series (featured from 09/06-09/19) was Manshuya Ga Ichiban from Fukuoka who served 9,619 bowls of their “Original” Tonkotsu Shibori Ramen. Due to my crazy life as a new dad, I missed this series, but my buddy Rick Nakama was able to check it out (three times!). Here’s his Takana Shibori bowl:

Takana style Tonkotsu Shibori Ramen from Manshuya Ga Ichiban from Fukuoka - $9.95 [Photo Courtesy: Rick Nakama]
Takana style Tonkotsu Shibori Ramen from Manshuya Ga Ichiban from Fukuoka – $9.95 [Photo Courtesy: Rick Nakama]

Rick’s main complaints were about the quantity (again) and the inconsistency of the ramen noodles and taste.

The third in the series (which is currently being featured as I write this – 09/20-10/03) is Hakata Chouten from Fukuoka. I was most excited for this because some of the best ramen I’ve ever tasted in Japan came from the Hakata area in Fukuoka.

UPDATE: This series served 7,805 customers.

Barikoku Negi Tonkotsu Ramen from Hakata Chouten in Fukuoka - $10.95
Barikoku Negi Tonkotsu Ramen from Hakata Chouten in Fukuoka – $10.95

The soup base was pretty tasty, but, again, the quantity was very minimal compared to what we had to pay: $10.95!

Rick Nakama finishing his bowl while Russ Sumida "poses" with mine. 8)
Rick Nakama finishing his bowl while Russ Sumida “poses” with mine. 8)

The fourth in the series happens from October 4th through the 17th and features Hokkaido’s Sapporo Menya Yoshiki who will have three choices of soup base: shiro (white), kuro (black) and aka (red). Following that will be Fukuoka’s Hide Chan Ramen from October 24th-November 6th.

Shirokiya Yataimura (at Ala Moana Shopping Center)
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Ste 2250
Honolulu, HI 96814 (map)
(808) 973-9111
Mon-Sat: 9:30am-9pm
Sun: 9:30am-7pm

So there you have it. Some interesting options for ramen here in Hawaii right? And that was just part 1! I still have at least 4 more juicy parts to this series (including Gomaichi, Goma Tei, Menchanko-Tei, Chinpei, Kiwami, etc.), but if you have any others suggestions on where I should hit up, holla atcho boy! Shoots!

 Part I  | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V