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Grindz of the Day: Mistuba’s, Yummy’s, Tatsuo’s, Zippy’s, Palama Market & Hawaiian Host


Mitsuba Delicatessen (Okazuya) Mini Bento

Local style “grilled, semi-teriyaki-fied” red hot dog? Check. Glazed Mochiko Chiken? Check. Nori Musubi? Takuan? Check. Ah yes, all the makings of a great mini bento “box” lunch! This, from Mitsuba Delicatessen on School Street in Kalihi, a.k.a. “God’s Country”, a.k.a. “The Center of Hawaii’s Food Universe”. Ha!


Mitsuba Delicatessen Okinawan Sweet Potato Crunch & Vegetable Tenpura

Add to that, stay get Mitsuba’s famous OKInawan Sweet Potato Crunch, combined with classic Hawaii Okazuya style vegetable Tempura? Winnahz!

Deconstructing this mini plate, here’s Mitsuba’s sugoi oishii Chow Fun…


Mitsuba Delicatessen Chow Funn (Mini Bento)

Here’s a nice zoom-in on Mitsuba’s AMAZING OKInawan Sweet Potato Crunch…


Mitsuba Delicatessen OKInawan Sweet Potato Crunch… yummmm!!!

Next up, a plate of Chicken Katsu from Yummy’s Korean BBQ…


Yummy’s Korean BBQ Chicken Katsu plate lunch

Next up, Tatsuo’s Bento…


Tatsuo’s Bento


Tatsuo’s Bento

Let’s deconstruct this bento a bit more…


Tatsuo’s Bento: deconstructed


Tatsuo’s Bento: Mandoo

Next up, Zippy’s Chicken Meatloaf Plate Lunch…


Zippy’s Chicken Meatloaf plate lunch

What exactly is “Chicken Meatloaf”, you might ask? Well, in Zippy’s case, think “Chicken SPAM”…


Zippy’s Chicken Meatloaf plate lunch

Back to Korean, next up, we have Pajeon from Palama Market, again in the “God’s Country parts of Kalihi”, Honolulu…


Palama Market Pajeon (Green Onion & Seafood Pancake)

Korean Banchan style maki sushi from Palama Market…


Palama Market Korean style Maki Sushi

OK, now drum roll please, as THIS, my friends, is by far, THE BEST KIM CHEE I’ve EVER TASTED!…


THE BEST KIM CHEE EVER!…from Palama Market

HOT AS EFFING HELL! Yet, still, the BEST KIM CHEE I’VER TASTED. There’s this element of fish sauce in it like Patis, plus a slight hint of sweetness, with Kim Chee crunch “going gangster on us”. Dude, seriously, this is some seriously kick okole Kim Chee!


Palama Market Pajeon, Sushi & Kim Chee spread

Concluding this edition of Grindz of the Day on a sweet note, here’s a Hawaiian Host Macadamia Nut Chocolate company delivery vehicle BEFORE & AFTER photos of it being wrapped-up with vinyl graphics, taking just one day to complete…

BEFORE:

AFTER:

BEFORE:

AFTER:

NEAT-OH!

14 thoughts on “Grindz of the Day: Mistuba’s, Yummy’s, Tatsuo’s, Zippy’s, Palama Market & Hawaiian Host

  • April 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm
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    I know those red dogs are the thing there in Hawaii, but they look so… wrong. Or angry. or inflamed.

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    • April 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm
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      h,

      Hawaii’s red colored “local style” hot dogs certainly have a unique flavor that’s very different from your typical Oscar Meyer or Nathan’s type. Pretty much either love it or hate it, depending how it’s cooked (grilled or boiled?), and what brand, which would either be Redondo’s on Oahu, and Akahi or Uncle Louie brand on Maui.

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  • April 16, 2014 at 12:58 am
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    Pomai, your great food photos killing my cousins in San Francisco. Since a lot of the food unable to find so they have to cooked it with recipes from web and me. They try your recipes and love it .Andagis they made and friends enjoyed in states.

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  • April 16, 2014 at 7:39 am
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    Had some good spicy squid at Palama one time. Love the Kim Chee there too; it’s also really good at Queens Supermarket. 11 more days, I can hardly wait.
    Nice drumming, she’s a lot prettier than Neil Peart! BBC

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  • April 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm
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    We know you aren’t really eating all this food…and only taking pictures for prosperity;)

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    • April 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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      @ Kevin – Folks around me will automatically flag me over to get photos of food they’ve got that’s “interesting” for future “Grindz of the Day” posts. Most of the food here are examples of that, however I do accept small “samples” just so I can explain what it tastes like. That’s not cheating is it? lol

      What’s funny on that notion is, one morning I was listening to Sam the Man DJ of 102.7FM Da’ bomb, who apparently gets irked by people who take pictures of their food and post them on social media sites. I’m guessing a lot of his “feeds” are “foodie” pics. Oh well, this is a food blog, so at least you come here expecting that.

      @ BigBoyChan – Hmmm, never been to Queens Supermarket. Thanks for the tip! There’s also another Korean supermarket on Koreamoku Street, right across Walmart. I’m sure when you’re here, you’ll check out Don Quijote on Kahela and Makaloa (near Ala Moana Center). Right next door to them is a new second Palama Market location. Great hot Korean foods there! And yeah, Meytal sure is a lot easier on the eye than Neil. lol Still, Neil is one of the greatest drummers in rock history, while I’ll give Metallica’s Lars Ulrich greatest drummer in metal history. And of course you know by now how I feel about David Gilmour, the GUITAR GOD.

      @ Amy – Next time I fly up to San Fran’, I’m definitely hitting their Chinatown district. I really missed out on that opportunity the last time.

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      • April 16, 2014 at 5:44 pm
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        Queens has killer kim chee. Have you ever been to 678 Hawaii? I’ve walked by a few times and it’s always busy. The pics look super good on Yelp. We’re staying at Ala Moana Hotel ($10/night!). I love D.Q. Really good food and great place to buy stuff like Caramacs for my mainland friends and all kinds of crack seed, cuttlefish, etc. for me. I’m with you on David Gilmour. I’m going with my girls to Portland this summer to see Brit Floyd. Look ’em up on Youtube. I figure since the chances of seeing the real thing are pretty slim, this ought to be a decent substitute. They’re supposed to be pretty damn good.

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      • April 17, 2014 at 9:25 am
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        You better watch out for mean venders like at Libby. If you don’t buy enough food from them well have mean face at you. It not like Hawaii more nice.

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  • April 16, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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    Queens has a huge variety of fresh made Kim chee….the lady stands right in the middle of the Kim chee “island”, making fresh batches while you wait! They also sell fresh Korea made Kim chee on diamond head aisle. Been there for eons….

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    • April 17, 2014 at 4:24 am
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      It took me forever to learn to make my own kim chee. I learned a ton from standing and watching the “Kim Chee Lady” for about a 1/2 hour at Queen’s one day. She uses beautiful, fresh red chilies. She was super nice, though we had a bit of a language barrier. I have to use the ground dried Korean chilies on the mainland. Mine is still a work in progress, but I like it better every batch. How you like it is such a personal thing. I love freshly made kim chee with a big bowl of fresh steamed rice. It’s sad, but I’ve had to learn how to make many of the dishes from Hawaii that I love so much at home, because I can’t get them here is Sisters, Oregon.

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  • April 17, 2014 at 5:53 am
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    KIM chee lady uses the traditional dried red chilies:) I’ve seen her toss it in the mix. You notice that nothing is measured…it’s basically salt, a bit of sugar,fresh ginger,garlic,fish sauce, dried chili flakes, green onions and extras like salted small shrimps,kelp and more fish sauce !
    The salting and soaking of the cabbage is important so that it can absorb the flavors…

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    • April 17, 2014 at 10:39 am
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      The time I was there she was using bright red fresh chilies. Maybe it depends on the type of kim chee she’s making, or the time of year to get fresh chilies. She was grinding them in a food processor. I did ask her, however, to help me pick a package of the dried ones off the shelf to take home with me so I could make it at home. I definitely noticed the fact that she didn’t measure. Years of experience, I guess.

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      • April 18, 2014 at 5:26 am
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        I tried to make kim chee at home once. My sister sent me a mix and I made some and packed it into a gallon jar and stuck it in the fridge. I guess I didn’t close the lid tight enough or maybe the seal on the lid was defective, but the fermentation blew the lid off and we had kim chee all over most of the fridge. Suffice to say I’m not allowed to take on another kimchee experiment….

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  • April 17, 2014 at 6:26 am
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    Dang it, Pomai, you killin’ me!!!

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