Hope you had a “blast” this New Year’s weekend. Mines was pretty quiet, as other than the Waikiki block party on Saturday night, didn’t go out much. Because I stayed home that night, didn’t even get my Sashimi “fix” for New Year’s Eve, which as you know is a Hawaii tradition introduced by the Japanese as a symbol of good fortune and prosperity.
Still, yesterday I HAD to get my raw Ahi “on”, and went on a Poke mission, only to discover THE BEST spot over at Ono Seafood on Kapahulu Avenue was CLOSED for the first 5 days of the New Year. NO!!!!!
So then I was like, “Eh, I really should go to the next best place up at Tamura’s on Waialae”, but didn’t feel like driving that “far” up Kaimuki (typical island driver mentality, right?). So instead “settled” with the Poke from where else? Foodland in Market City Shopping Center just a block up. Yet you know what? I like Foodland’s poke. Safeway’s too. Even the previously frozen stuff works for me. I know, I know, the whole idea for the New Year’s tradition is get to THE BEST sashimi grade Ahi you can afford or find, but I wasn’t on that mission. I just wanted Poke that satisfied my immediate craving without going too far out the way.
Check out da’ Poke spread at Foodland Market City on January 2, 2016 (afternoon around 2pm)…
I was goin’ order all ‘kine anykine stuffs fo’ make “fancy” presentation, but I nevah like eat Tako ‘dis or Kim Chee ‘dat. I jus’ when stay like Ahi Poke, so went with one full pound Oyster Sauce Shoyu Ahi Poke…
You’re probably like, “You ate a whole pound of Ahi Poke by yourself?” Yep! Braddah Cuz, no pun intended, I pound ’em! LOL!!! You should see me at the high end buffet restaurants. I no mess around. I’ll walk back to the table with one full round of nothing but Ahi Poke and Sashimi piled HIGH on my plate. No scade ’em, cuz, whack da’ raw fish, brah! Das’ da’ GOLD!
How’s my presentation “action”….
Awe, so “purdy”! I should be a food stylist! Oh, that’s right, part of food blogging is being one.Or at least trying to be!
And? Dude, I swear, previously frozen, and previously mixed, even if this was THE freshest batch made at the time of my purchase (the guy said they had just mixed this batch minutes before I arrived, and you could TELL by the vibrant color compared to the other ones), if you told me you bought this Ahi Poke at Ono Seafood, I would totally believe you. It was SLAMMAH’ JAMMAH’ ONOLICIOUS WINNAHZ! I was already sold after the guy at the counter handed me a cube to sample. I was like “SOLD! One pound to go, cuz!”
Usually if I make Ahi Poke at home, I make mine local Japanese style, with my “Ingrediments” and seasonings being fresh Ahi of course, cut into about 1″ cubes, white and green onion sliced thinly on the bias, minced ginger, Yamasa Shoyu (gotta’ be that brand) and Mirin (for the added sweetness and “bite”). That’s it. Keep it simple. Nuff. I do like the traditional Hawaiian style with Limu (or Ogo) and Inamona on occasion, like at a Luau, but on any other day, I prefer my Ahi Poke local Japanese style. That said, Foodland was ROCKIN’ this Oyster Sauce Shoyu Ahi Poke, where the oyster sauce added just the right amount of “meaty” depth and sweetness to the “melt like buttah!” raw Ahi cubes. PERFECT!
Next time I’ll do a full-on “Poke Spread” post, getting and featuring a little each of a whole variety of Poke you see pictured at the Foodland Deli Counter above. So many to choose, your head spins! “Counter Freeze”!!! And I love it!
P.S. Speaking of fish, the Waikiki-Diamond Shoreline Fisheries Management Area, which spans from the Ewa wall of the Waikiki Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse once again opened up to shoreline fishing, effective from January 1 to December 31, 2016. And as you can see in the photo taken above in the afternoon on January 1, 2016, folks came out in DROVES to take advantage of the fresh catch awaiting them!
I got to have a nice chat with one of the Division of Aquatic Resources agents, who took to Diamond Head Beach on Saturday, January 2nd, there with a survey sheet, talking with local fishermen about what they were catching. the Hawaii DAR does intensive research on shoreline fishing, evaluating whether they need to extend or reduce restricted times and zones based on the health of the reef’s ecosystem and livestock. He explained they have a program called “L-50” meaning if a fish reaches a certain length based on its typical size at that maturity level, there’s a 50% chance it will reproduce, which of course what we all want to preserve a given population of that species.
The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fishing Management Area is open during even-numbered and closed during odd-numbered years.
For more information, visit the State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources website here.
Finally, while I didn’t attend any particular parties, I did spend lots of time this extended New Year’s weekend just relaxing and swimming at the beach. And with that, thought you folks would get a kick out of this “Heavy Load” SUV I was driving behind on my way to Kahala Beach yesterday…
Is that not HILARIOUS or WHAT?!!! LOL!!!
It’s like, “Honey, are you going to install the new surfboard rack on the car I got you this Christmas?” Hubby replies, “Babe, with the new board I just got from that gift card you also gave me, believe me, safe to say you can return those surfboard racks…” *chuckles* LOL!!!!!
In the in situ photo above, you can see to scale in relation to those pedestrians, just how MASSIVE that “wave board” is. I’m just thinking “Fred Flintstone Ribs” when I see this. LOL!!!
Still not convinced? How’s about 5 people on it at the same time!!!
I swear, I so want to get on one of these with a bunch of friends and ride some waves. Must be a BLAST!!! There’s an interesting story about the C4 Waterman here.
All we need next is the “C-5 Noah’s Ark”, which would essentially be a surfboard as long and wide as a C-5 Galaxy military cargo aircraft. Wow!