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Fukuya Delicatessen (Okazuya)

Yesterday I was treated to an Okazuya plate from Fukuya Delicatessen on King st. I didn’t personally go there, so all I have to report on is the food (the most important part!). Being an Okazuya, the procedure as a customer is to pick and choose from a variety of prepared items… sort of a “buffet to go” if you will. The Japanese term “Okazu” refers to “food served with rice” and “Ya” means “store”. “Okazuya” is said to be a localized Hawaii-based combination of the two.

So this plate included (clockwise from top left):

  • Cone sushi (aburage) – fried soy bean curd (from Tofu) stuffed with a heavily marinated (pickled) sushi rice and grated carrots
  • Furikake Musubi (simple with plain rice)
  • Japanese style Corned Beef Hash
  • Misoyaki Butterfish
  • Shrimp Tempura (2)
  • Vegetable Tempura
  • Grilled Saba (fish)
  • Namasu (pickled cucumbers)
  • Nishime

In a word, it was all EXCELLENT. The only gripe was price. This plate costed about $10, which is WAY above the average $5 to $6 Okazuya price in Honolulu.

I especially liked the Saba and the Nishime. The Saba had a nicely grilled, mildly sweet marinated flavor and very moist. The Nishime had a good balance of ingredients, including Konnyaku, which I really love. All simmered in a flavorful broth.

A $10 Okazuya plate might be steep for the average work week take-out lunch, but the execution and quality is there, so that’s up to you. It certainly was oishii!

Fukuya Delicatessen – Catering – Mochi
Moili’ili
2710 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 946-2073

Tasty Island Rating:

Note: Excellent food, but higher-than-average price.

3 thoughts on “Fukuya Delicatessen (Okazuya)

  • January 27, 2007 at 12:40 am
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    maybe it’s worth it cuz the cheap kine usualy has like hot dog and stuff! everything looks sooo good!! (except the shrimp tempura–too much batter!)

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  • January 27, 2007 at 2:45 am
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    I enjoy fukuyas ! The deli is clean and bright and they open very early. yes, it is expensive …especially when you order fish..like the miso butterfish. (even nishime can be costly) but i LOVE okazuya food. have you tried the hash balls at sekiya’s ..so yummy !! i can plop a few in one sitting !

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  • January 27, 2007 at 11:45 pm
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    Robyn,

    Actually they did have hot dog, including the the basic shoyu type and the stuffed Kamaboko type, but that wasn’t selected for my plate, as I only requested fish.

    The Cone Sushi alone was $2.25 each. Ouch!

    Hi Lindy, and thanks again to everyone for all the nice comments. Mahalo!

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