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Grindz of the Day: Masa & Joyce, M&W Drive Inn, Yummy's and Zippy's

First up is a plate of goodies from Masa & Joyce Okazuya in Kaneohe I picked up this past week. That includes an Ume Musubi, Corned Beef Hash and Hot Dog Maki Sushi on the bottom row, and a Vegetable Tempura, Ahi Patty and Teri Burger Patty on the top row. My favorite of the bunch being the Vegetable Tempura and the Hot Dog Maki Sushi.

Notice the Okazuya style tempura (I’m not sure if it’s necessarily an Okinawan thing) has a batter that’s more glutenous and “doughy” than the more delicate and crispy Japanese Tempura. This allows it to hold up well even at room temperature, which is usually how Okazuya food served by the time lunch hour strikes. I love that. It’s like “beach food”. Ya’ know?

Also, Masa & Joyce is the only place I know of where they put an entire hot dog in the middle of the rice and nori, nicely rolled-up maki sushi style. Best part is the hot dog is kinda smoky, along with a light shoyu marinade, providing that magical savory ‘n salty contrast to the neutral white rice and earthy nori. Really ono! Sshhhh, don’t tell anyone, but I think I like this better than SPAM Musubi!

Next up, also in Kaneohe further down the street heading north we have this insane combination plate from M&W Drive Inn….

Diner E picked this up the other week from the place, which took over the spot where L&L used to be in front of Mui Kwai.

M&W is known for crazy combos that quite honestly, would have any cardiologist shaking their head. For instance, there’s Pizza, that also comes with Macaroni Salad, French Fries and Hamburger Steak. What the?!!!!

Or get a (carbo) load of the combo shown above. That’s a heaping pile of Chinese style fried rice with Charsiu in it, egg on top, AND a burger on the side to boot. Good Lord! Better be runnin’ a marathon after that one! lol

I imagine you can also get a chili dog plate with lup cheong instead of hot dogs in it, along with a duck egg on the side. Add cheese on your duck egg for 50 cents extra.  OMG, that last idea sounds so gross! lol

Driving back to Honolulu via Pali Highway, we have a Kal Bi plate from Yummy Korean Barbecue at the Kaheka street location fronting Don Quijote…

Speaking of carbo loading, notice for the banchan sides, there’s not one, but TWO styles of Korean Potatoes chosen as the “veggies” (which you get 4 choices total). There’s the type that’s simmered in shoyu, sugar and garlic, and also the type that’s smothered with mayonnaise…

I really dig Korean style potatoes, in how the sweetened shoyu permeates into the tender flesh.

Along with Choi Sum, I also selected this really tasty egg banchan, which was kinda’ like Egg Fu Yung…

The eggs were super moist and kinda’ buttery, while the veggies mixed in it added a fantastic flavor and texture contrast. Yummy’s-yum-num-num-num!  If you go to Yummy’s, I highly recommend you try this Banchan (if they have it).

Oh, as always, the Kal Bi was, as J.J. from the 70’s sitcom ‘Good Times’ would say, “DYYYYY-NO-MITE!”

Finally we head towards Ala Moana boulevard, then Nimitz highway where we’re back at Zippy’s where Diner A picked up their ever-popular Teri Beef Sandwich and Saimin Combo…

The Teri Beef Sandwich, looking fab’ as ever…

Rounding out the greatest combo ever “invented”, da’ saimin…

A bite of the teri burger, then a slurp of the saimin “nudoze” and, hoooooo, broke da’ mout’ winnahz!

Finally from Zippy’s, Diner E had one of their daily specials, the Corned Beef Sandwich, where they really put the BEEF in Corned Beef!…

Brah, what is that? Like half the brisket they slapped in there? Crazy! I mentioned to Diner E that the only thing it’s missing is the yellow mustard.

Notice Zippy’s is using Potato Buns now. I don’t remember seeing that used before. Good deal. Love potato buns. Teddy’s Bigger Burgers uses those. Zippy’s had a sign at the front counter saying you can also opt for a gourmet sesame bun. Nice.

Zippy’s. Gotta’ love ’em.

Goodness. Just looking at all that food, I need to go take a walk around the block. lol

15 thoughts on “Grindz of the Day: Masa & Joyce, M&W Drive Inn, Yummy's and Zippy's

  • January 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm
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    I’m going to go walking after reading this post…lol

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  • January 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm
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    Kat, I just got back from a walk down Kahala beach. I wasn’t kidding when I said that. lol

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  • January 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm
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    I love Zippys. Cabbage on the corned beef? :)

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  • January 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm
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    You’re killing me with these photos! I can’t get over the amount of corned beef they used in the Zippy’s sandwich. And the okazuya plate looks amazing. Wow.

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  • January 25, 2010 at 5:42 am
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    Your posts are always great, but today’s cornucopia of goodness tops them all! What a nice combo plate…all of my favorites! Thanks again for all the great posts and keeping us on the Mainland linked to Hawaii!

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  • January 25, 2010 at 7:02 am
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    Alan, I like that phrase “Cornucopia of Goodness”. That would make a great name for a food blog!

    Jenny, yeah, we can’t call them “Jippy’s” anymore. lol

    Jodi, of course corned beef with cabbage. That’s the classic St. Patrick’s Day dish! As noted, with it should have also had yellow mustard on it. At least I gotta’ have it that way.

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  • January 25, 2010 at 9:52 am
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    Pomai, I hever had Korean potato salad and sure look Yummy to me. Got to get a big order to take home.

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  • January 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm
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    Pomai, the pictures above are the reason I hate your blog….I cannot get my hands on those thing here in Washington. I mean I can always cook my own, but it never tastes as good when someone else does all the work.

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  • January 25, 2010 at 3:49 pm
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    @jodi, corned beef and cabbage for sure! throw in some potatoes and carrots and you have new england boiled dinner! but in a sandwich, that’s genius! add some horseradish in there. drooling.

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  • January 25, 2010 at 6:55 pm
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    Dana, now you have me intrigued about horseradish with Corned Beef. Brilliant! I will definitely try that coming this March on St. Patrick’s Day!

    Mitcho, “hate” is such an inappropriate word when the food’s so GOOD! lol But I understand where you’re coming from.

    Amy, here’s what looks like a good recipe for Korean Potatoes. I’m not sure about the one with the mayonnaise though. Perhaps the shoyu automatically flavors the mayo’, so you simply add it afterwards to the recipe above, along with a bunch of chopped veggies.

     

     

     

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  • January 26, 2010 at 12:21 am
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    Wow that plate lunch/bento looks onolicious! I feel sleepy just thinking about eating that plate.

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  • January 26, 2010 at 7:13 am
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    Pomai – great post!

    Recipe for the Korean Potatoes is what I use.

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  • January 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm
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    I should not have read this post while hungry! That Chinese style fried rice with Charsiu…boy oh boy. Maji oishisou! (Looks super delicious) :) I used to live in Tokyo, and they have some pretty epic charsiu… it’s too bad that most Americans haven’t caught onto this amazingly delectable way to eat pork!

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  • January 30, 2010 at 8:05 am
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    Julia, wow “EPIC” Charsiu in Tokyo? Gotta’ get me some o’ that! I know what you’re talking about though! As for Japanese style Chashu, Goma Tei Ramen Restaurant here in Honolulu is the most “epic” I’ve had yet on this island. Oishii stuff!

    Nate, you make your own Korean potatoes too? Man, being “stuck” in Okinawa for so long, you really learned how to cook!

    Dale, indeed this was a “KanakAttack” entry. I got sleepy just looking back at it replying here. lol

     

     

     

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