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)
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
2710 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tasty Island Rating:
Note: Excellent food, but higher-than-average price.