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…

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NEAT-OH!