Kokonut Wireless: Zunda Saryo, Italian “Food Bank”, Nanding’s & Alicia’s


~Nutritious and healthy sweets ”Zunda”, made with Edamame, launches in Hawai’i~ at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk in Ala Moana Center

Zunda Saryo, a cafe offering Zunda Mochi and other Zunda-based sweets opened last Saturday, July 30th, 2016 in the new Shirokiya Japan Village Walk in Ala Moana Center, Hawaii. This is the first United States location and the second location outside of Japan (the first is in Bangkok, Thailand) of the popular shop owned by Kasho Sanzen based in Sendai City. Kasho Sanzen was established in 1947 and is known in Japan as a manufacturer of quality sweets. Zunda Saryo specializes in Zunda which are traditional foods made from edamame and are much loved in Sendai City.  The first location in Sendai Station opened in 2001; there are now 10 locations throughout Japan.

Edamame, young soybeans before they mature and yellow, is known as a healthy food that is a treasure trove of vegetable protein and rich in Vitamins A and C. Zunda Saryo uses carefully selected and blended edamame to create a sophisticated and rich flavor. Freshly harvested edamame are boiled and mashed, then mixed with a minimal amount of sugar to create “zunda bean paste” thereby attracting health conscious people who want a guilt-free indulgence. In Japan, their “Zunda Shake” is extremely popular and has created much excitement.

The popular Zunda Shake, Zunda Shake Excella, topped with whipped cream and zunda sauce, and Zunda Mochi Petit are being offered. In addition, Zunda Kakigori (shave ice) has been especially arranged only for this Hawai’i location.


ZUNDA SHAKE (12oz $5.50 / 16oz $6.50)
Very popular in Japan. This is a new way to enjoy zunda created by Zunda Saryo. We blend a special “zunda,” adding an enjoyable texture, with a vanilla shake made using carefully selected milk.

ZUNDA SHAKE EXCELLA (12oz $6.50 / 16oz $7.50)
A deluxe version of our original Zunda Saryo “Zunda Shake,” topped with whipped cream and zunda sauce. This shake offers a luxurious flavor to be enjoyed like a parfait.

Enjoy the flavors of freshly made “zunda mochi” as is. “Zunda bean paste,” made with freshly harvested edamame, is mixed together with small, freshly made mochi. This is the perfect size for a light meal, snack, or dessert.

A carefully made kakigori (shave ice) that features plenty of our special “zunda bean paste” over ice that melts in your mouth like fine snow. Enjoy the traditional cool and delicate flavors of this Zunda Kakigori.


Zunda Saryo Hawai’i is located in the food court of Shirokiya Japan Village Walk at the Ewa end of Ala Moana Center. Renowned interior designer Yukio Hashimoto of Hashimoto Yukio Design Studio Inc. designed the shop to reflect the colors and freshness of edamame beans.

Who:Zunda Saryo
Where:Shirokiya Japan Village Walk,  Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd.,  #1360, Honolulu
When:Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas


This press release was sent to me by Bonnie Friedman of Grapevine Productions out of Pukalani, Maui. Along with that, Bonnie so kindly invited me to a private media tasting at Zunda Saryo at Japan Village Walk in Ala Moana Center the evening before their grand opening the next day. While I couldn’t make it due to time constraints revolving around work, that said, I will definitely make it a point to go there soon and try Zunda Sanryo’s sweet edamame treats. Omoshiroso desu yo!


Italy adopted new laws recently to cut down drastically on food waste — the second such law in Europe, joining France’s. So what’s the United States doing to reclaim the 30 percent of its food that’s simply thrown away?

Read the full article here


One of my biggest pet peeves is WASTING FOOD, something my folks instilled in me ever since I was a little boy.

That said, this article comes somewhat as an irony for me, as just a few weeks ago before reading this, I overheard someone talking about how their boss makes them throw away perfectly good food at the restaurant they work at, only because it’s “protocol” (Iiability, internal theft, and all the other red tape stuff).

Well, if this law gets passed in the United States, after reading that article and hearing that story about restaurant food waste right here in Hawaii, my idea is to have the taxi and new online transport services such as Uber and Lyft take part in the program; the latter of which already has a program of sort like that in place. Have the cab, Uber and Lyft companies participate in the program, where they charge their riders an additional 50 cents on the total cab fare (or additional 10 cents per mile), which goes into a “pot” that pays for the drivers additional time and fuel it takes to pick-up food from participating restaurants who are donating food to “the cause” of helping those in need. Along with that, provide state and/or federal tax incentives for the drivers and/or cab company they drive for, along with the participating restaurants, who would all have to document everything via a mobile app.

The drivers could pick-up up food and deliver it to the shelters or place in need ether while having a fare onboard, or between fares during down time. Think of it as the ultimate “meals on wheels”. That 50 cent added-on fare can either be optional to the customers or automatic, depending on what works best for the system, based on an initial trial.

So say every night when say, the neighborhood fried chicken fast food joint closes, instead of throwing out all the cooked food, they would be required by law to store it in their refrigerator or freezer for up to 24 hours. The next day, everyday, an Uber, Lyft or taxi driver would show up to pick-up yesterday’s prepared food and deliver it to the needful recipient they’re dispatched to take it to. Simple as that.

I really think it’s a total WIN-WIN DEAL!


Nanding’s Bakery opened their 3rd location this past week, right behind Zippy’s at the corner of Kapahulu and Campbell Avenue. If the building looks familiar, it used to be Domino’s Pizza. Nanding’s original location is still there on Gulick Avenue, while their second location is in WaipaHU!.

Nanding’s Bakery famous (very buttery!) Spanish Rolls

For those of you not in the know, Nanding’s is a Filipino bakery, specializing in their famous super buttery Spanish Rolls, along with Ensymadas, Hopia and more. That said, thankfully the new Kapahulu location retains the same prices as their Kalihi and WaipaHU!, with the Spanish Rolls still just 3 for $1!

Nanding’s Bakery Kapahulu menu as of 7/27/16. Image source: Sonia S./Yelp

Nanding’s Bakery is owned by Fernando Paez and three other partners.


I find the Kapahulu area an “interesting” demographic for Nanding’s Bakery, being I frequent this area A LOT, and honestly don’t see many local Filipinos around there. Mostly Haole and orientals live in this area and “mixed” locals, but nowhere will you find as many Filipino folks like where you’d find in WaipaHU! or KaliHI!. lol

It must also be noted that Kapahulu avenue is home to Leonard’s Bakery, home of the Malasada. Also, before they moved to Middle Street in 1990, Kapahulu was once the location of Love’s Bakery’s main production facility, where what is now the Kapahulu Safeway.

Check out Nanding’s Bakery’s new Kapahulu location Yelp reviews here


Alicia Kam of Alicia’s Market. Image source: FluxHawaii.com

Speaking of Kalihi, In case you haven’t heard, Alicia Kam, the co-founder and matriarch of the GREAT Alicia’s Market passed away a couple weeks ago, where the store closed in observance of her passing for about a week during that time. There’s a wonderful story about Alicia in her Star Advertiser obituary here.


Alicia’s Market has been featured on this blog numerous times, including here, here, here and here. As originally introduced, I said, “By the location and look of its exterior appearance, the casual observer might assume Alicia’s Market is just another cramped and stuffy, over-the-hill mom ‘n pop shop, offering little more than dusty old grocery goods, candy, booze and cigarettes. Yet once you walk through the front door, you’ll find the place full of energy and amazed by the variety of hot meals, fresh seafood and specialties Alicia’s has to offer!” Seriously, if you’ve never been to Alicia’s Market, make it a MUST DO! You’ll be in for a WONDERFUL FOODIE SURPRISE that belies its industrial location and unassuming storefront at the bottom of an old apartment building that’s actually owned by the Kam family.”

That said, in honor of beloved Alicia, gots da’ hit there soon for some of their ono ‘kine roast meat, pasteles, Hawaiian grindz and Poke!

Alicia’s Market “mini plate”, including Chinese style Roast Turkey Tails, Roast Pork, Kim Chee and Rice

Alicia’s Market Ahi Sashimi and Tofu Poke

Check out Alicia’s Market’s Yelp reviews here