Every Okazuya has their signature item, from Nu’uanu Okazuya’s Fish Cakes to St. Louis Delicatessen’s Chow Funn. At Mitsuba Delicatessen, folks come in really early for their Sweet Potato Crumble.
Essentially it’s a larger pierogi/turnover-shaped version of Maui’s own Home Maid Bakery Crispy Manju. Specifically in this case, each one measures approximately 3-1/2″ long by 1-3/4″ width and height.
It has a very similar type of kinda’ doughy, kinda’ oily, very flaky and crumbly Crispy Manju style crust, encasing a finely-mashed steamed purple sweet potato filling.
Not surprisingly given the circumstance, the main advantage I find to these over Maui’s Crispy Manju is that they taste fresh-baked, as that’s what they were, picked up early this morning at Mitsuba’s School Street (Kalihi) deli by Diner E (mahalo braddah!). They also have a slightly more buttery, lightly salted flavor, as well as a little more character thanks to its larger size and shape.
It’d be nice if they introduced more filling varieties, such as haupia, chocolate, and/or banana to name a few.
If you’re a crispy Manju fan and you’ve never tried Mistuba’s Sweet Potato Crumble, definitely put these on your “must Manju list”. You’ll be delighted.
What? Sweet Potato Crumble
Where did you buy it and how much did it cost? Mitsuba Delicatessen, located in upper Kalihi (Oahu) at 1218 N. School street. $1 each.
Big shaka to: Fresh-baked taste with a ever-so-lightly-buttery and salted zip to it, while the crumbly and flaky factor is spot-on. Purple sweet potato filling matches well and is in good balance of amount with thickness of crust.
No shaka to: Only one filling flavor to choose. Runs out quickly (go early). People who “Ack’ manju”. lol
The Tasty Island rating: 3 SPAM Musubi