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Kokonut Wireless: Zunda Saryo, Italian “Food Bank”, Nanding’s & Alicia’s


~Nutritious and healthy sweets ”Zunda”, made with Edamame, launches in Hawai’i~ at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk in Ala Moana Center

Zunda Saryo, a cafe offering Zunda Mochi and other Zunda-based sweets opened last Saturday, July 30th, 2016 in the new Shirokiya Japan Village Walk in Ala Moana Center, Hawaii. This is the first United States location and the second location outside of Japan (the first is in Bangkok, Thailand) of the popular shop owned by Kasho Sanzen based in Sendai City. Kasho Sanzen was established in 1947 and is known in Japan as a manufacturer of quality sweets. Zunda Saryo specializes in Zunda which are traditional foods made from edamame and are much loved in Sendai City.  The first location in Sendai Station opened in 2001; there are now 10 locations throughout Japan.

Edamame, young soybeans before they mature and yellow, is known as a healthy food that is a treasure trove of vegetable protein and rich in Vitamins A and C. Zunda Saryo uses carefully selected and blended edamame to create a sophisticated and rich flavor. Freshly harvested edamame are boiled and mashed, then mixed with a minimal amount of sugar to create “zunda bean paste” thereby attracting health conscious people who want a guilt-free indulgence. In Japan, their “Zunda Shake” is extremely popular and has created much excitement.

The popular Zunda Shake, Zunda Shake Excella, topped with whipped cream and zunda sauce, and Zunda Mochi Petit are being offered. In addition, Zunda Kakigori (shave ice) has been especially arranged only for this Hawai’i location.


ZUNDA SHAKE (12oz $5.50 / 16oz $6.50)
Very popular in Japan. This is a new way to enjoy zunda created by Zunda Saryo. We blend a special “zunda,” adding an enjoyable texture, with a vanilla shake made using carefully selected milk.

ZUNDA SHAKE EXCELLA (12oz $6.50 / 16oz $7.50)
A deluxe version of our original Zunda Saryo “Zunda Shake,” topped with whipped cream and zunda sauce. This shake offers a luxurious flavor to be enjoyed like a parfait.

Enjoy the flavors of freshly made “zunda mochi” as is. “Zunda bean paste,” made with freshly harvested edamame, is mixed together with small, freshly made mochi. This is the perfect size for a light meal, snack, or dessert.

A carefully made kakigori (shave ice) that features plenty of our special “zunda bean paste” over ice that melts in your mouth like fine snow. Enjoy the traditional cool and delicate flavors of this Zunda Kakigori.


Zunda Saryo Hawai’i is located in the food court of Shirokiya Japan Village Walk at the Ewa end of Ala Moana Center. Renowned interior designer Yukio Hashimoto of Hashimoto Yukio Design Studio Inc. designed the shop to reflect the colors and freshness of edamame beans.

Who:Zunda Saryo
Where:Shirokiya Japan Village Walk,  Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd.,  #1360, Honolulu
When:Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas


This press release was sent to me by Bonnie Friedman of Grapevine Productions out of Pukalani, Maui. Along with that, Bonnie so kindly invited me to a private media tasting at Zunda Saryo at Japan Village Walk in Ala Moana Center the evening before their grand opening the next day. While I couldn’t make it due to time constraints revolving around work, that said, I will definitely make it a point to go there soon and try Zunda Sanryo’s sweet edamame treats. Omoshiroso desu yo!


Italy adopted new laws recently to cut down drastically on food waste — the second such law in Europe, joining France’s. So what’s the United States doing to reclaim the 30 percent of its food that’s simply thrown away?

Read the full article here


One of my biggest pet peeves is WASTING FOOD, something my folks instilled in me ever since I was a little boy.

That said, this article comes somewhat as an irony for me, as just a few weeks ago before reading this, I overheard someone talking about how their boss makes them throw away perfectly good food at the restaurant they work at, only because it’s “protocol” (Iiability, internal theft, and all the other red tape stuff).

Well, if this law gets passed in the United States, after reading that article and hearing that story about restaurant food waste right here in Hawaii, my idea is to have the taxi and new online transport services such as Uber and Lyft take part in the program; the latter of which already has a program of sort like that in place. Have the cab, Uber and Lyft companies participate in the program, where they charge their riders an additional 50 cents on the total cab fare (or additional 10 cents per mile), which goes into a “pot” that pays for the drivers additional time and fuel it takes to pick-up food from participating restaurants who are donating food to “the cause” of helping those in need. Along with that, provide state and/or federal tax incentives for the drivers and/or cab company they drive for, along with the participating restaurants, who would all have to document everything via a mobile app.

The drivers could pick-up up food and deliver it to the shelters or place in need ether while having a fare onboard, or between fares during down time. Think of it as the ultimate “meals on wheels”. That 50 cent added-on fare can either be optional to the customers or automatic, depending on what works best for the system, based on an initial trial.

So say every night when say, the neighborhood fried chicken fast food joint closes, instead of throwing out all the cooked food, they would be required by law to store it in their refrigerator or freezer for up to 24 hours. The next day, everyday, an Uber, Lyft or taxi driver would show up to pick-up yesterday’s prepared food and deliver it to the needful recipient they’re dispatched to take it to. Simple as that.

I really think it’s a total WIN-WIN DEAL!


Nanding’s Bakery opened their 3rd location this past week, right behind Zippy’s at the corner of Kapahulu and Campbell Avenue. If the building looks familiar, it used to be Domino’s Pizza. Nanding’s original location is still there on Gulick Avenue, while their second location is in WaipaHU!.

Nanding’s Bakery famous (very buttery!) Spanish Rolls

For those of you not in the know, Nanding’s is a Filipino bakery, specializing in their famous super buttery Spanish Rolls, along with Ensymadas, Hopia and more. That said, thankfully the new Kapahulu location retains the same prices as their Kalihi and WaipaHU!, with the Spanish Rolls still just 3 for $1!

Nanding’s Bakery Kapahulu menu as of 7/27/16. Image source: Sonia S./Yelp

Nanding’s Bakery is owned by Fernando Paez and three other partners.


I find the Kapahulu area an “interesting” demographic for Nanding’s Bakery, being I frequent this area A LOT, and honestly don’t see many local Filipinos around there. Mostly Haole and orientals live in this area and “mixed” locals, but nowhere will you find as many Filipino folks like where you’d find in WaipaHU! or KaliHI!. lol

It must also be noted that Kapahulu avenue is home to Leonard’s Bakery, home of the Malasada. Also, before they moved to Middle Street in 1990, Kapahulu was once the location of Love’s Bakery’s main production facility, where what is now the Kapahulu Safeway.

Check out Nanding’s Bakery’s new Kapahulu location Yelp reviews here


Alicia Kam of Alicia’s Market. Image source: FluxHawaii.com

Speaking of Kalihi, In case you haven’t heard, Alicia Kam, the co-founder and matriarch of the GREAT Alicia’s Market passed away a couple weeks ago, where the store closed in observance of her passing for about a week during that time. There’s a wonderful story about Alicia in her Star Advertiser obituary here.


Alicia’s Market has been featured on this blog numerous times, including here, here, here and here. As originally introduced, I said, “By the location and look of its exterior appearance, the casual observer might assume Alicia’s Market is just another cramped and stuffy, over-the-hill mom ‘n pop shop, offering little more than dusty old grocery goods, candy, booze and cigarettes. Yet once you walk through the front door, you’ll find the place full of energy and amazed by the variety of hot meals, fresh seafood and specialties Alicia’s has to offer!” Seriously, if you’ve never been to Alicia’s Market, make it a MUST DO! You’ll be in for a WONDERFUL FOODIE SURPRISE that belies its industrial location and unassuming storefront at the bottom of an old apartment building that’s actually owned by the Kam family.”

That said, in honor of beloved Alicia, gots da’ hit there soon for some of their ono ‘kine roast meat, pasteles, Hawaiian grindz and Poke!

Alicia’s Market “mini plate”, including Chinese style Roast Turkey Tails, Roast Pork, Kim Chee and Rice

Alicia’s Market Ahi Sashimi and Tofu Poke

Check out Alicia’s Market’s Yelp reviews here

8 thoughts on “Kokonut Wireless: Zunda Saryo, Italian “Food Bank”, Nanding’s & Alicia’s

  • August 6, 2016 at 4:28 am

    The big question is whether or not Zunda Saryo is using US soybeans or bringing them in from Japan. The ones grown in the US have been bred to have really high levels of estrogen since it acts as a natural pesticide.

    • August 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm


      US soybeans have high levels of estrogen? Well that explains all the “issues” I’ve been having lately! I’m moody for an entire week every month, while during that time for some odd reason, crave dark chocolate. My voice is getting higher (think Tiny Tim; see video below). My facial hair stopped growing, I’m growing “moobs”, and I just bought a yearly subscription to Cosmopolitan magazine. Ack! LOL!

      Seriously, when I make it to Zunda Saryo (maybe tomorrow), if the manager is there, I’ll throw your question at ’em.

      I will say this: premium grade (sushi) rice imported from Japan is VERY expensive here (Marukai to be specific). Like $60 for a small 5 lb. bag. Ouch!

      • August 9, 2016 at 7:42 am

        There’s a reason we wait for Marukai to have a sale before we buy the “good stuff”! Then again, you should see the prices for lau lau at the local Japanese market. It’s almost worth a trip to Hawaii to get it myself, since I feel like I’m paying its airfare when I buy it locally.

  • August 9, 2016 at 7:28 am

    I’ll be coming over next month for the Okinawa Festival … Zunda Saryo may well be my first stop!  (Gotta check out the new Shirokiya, anyway!)

  • August 9, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Soybeans do not actually have estrogen. They have a couple of compounds that tend to mimic estrogen hormonal release. That in turn dampens the effect of natural estrogen causing an apparent lack of the same. I have never heard of estrogen having any insecticidal properties. This may be a confusion with certain manufactured insecticides that disrupt male hormones.

  • August 10, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    That is an excellent and creative idea to utilize uber drivers to transport food destined to the bin to needy people. When I was visiting frined in Long Beach, I suggested dropping left over food that they had from a Christmas party to the local shelter. They informed me that it was illegal because the food wasn’t inspected. Something is wrong in the US when 30-40% of food is wasted. There are stories of employees at Walmart that are healthy food deprived due to low wages having to throw out fresh, healthy food. Other then these idiotic ideas of  selling only “perfect looking” produce,  I can’t imagine the stress on this planet’s precious resources. I really hope your very creative and smart idea of transporting food to needy people is seriously considered.

  • August 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    In our community, COSTCO donates old produce to several food banks and distribution centers. It is a huge amount and appreciated. We have elderly who now know how to eat and like artichokes. The many who could never afford the colored bell peppers consider the milder flavored “ripe” colored ones a treat and worthy of company in traditional dishes like beef tomato.
    The stuff too moldy is also distributed to farmers for stock.
    I had a friend with a a couple restaurants. He was paying for slop removal by the trash company. I said no one does that, it is valuable. Get word out you would like to talk to a pig farmer.
    Short story. He passed word at the bar and within days had a couple lined up. The farmers arranged for the proper cans (metal with lids), segregation by can (greens, bread, wet slop), pickup schedule (food must be fresh). They do all the rest. Every day pickup.
    Saves a ton of money annually and never smell because the farmer wants it safe for animals and family so picks up every early morning.

  • August 17, 2016 at 6:30 am

    @ pat – Well if COSTCO is doing that in Kauai, I’m curious whether they practice that statewide, if not nationwide. Next time I’m in a Costco here on Oahu, I’ll ask a supervisor or manager.

    In light of that, Walmart is now selling dinged and bruised (less than perfect) “I’m Perfect” Washington Apples, starting with the Florida market. This, in an attempt from the consumer side to reduce landfill waste, not to mention waste of the produce itself for human consumption, which would otherwise be used as byproducts.

    Regarding naturally-occurring estrogen NOT being soybeans, yet having “chemicals” that mimic it, I wounder if there’s any health benefits to men by that, such as treating enlarged prostate and hair loss (DHT blocker).

    @ L – Yup, food inspection is the “red tape” of donating and giving away food (even to employees), and the latest headlines on foodborne illnesses to due Hepatitis and E. Coli viruses makes that all the more challenging. Ultimately, a more widespread food donation program — however the food gets there and from where — would require authorized food inspectors to go through the donated food somewhere along the chain. At least., that’s the way the legal system probably views it. Too PC, when perhaps the “Darwin Theory” should be applied here.


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