Last Sunday I headed out to Waimanalo, a.k.a. “God’s Country” and paid a visit to OK Poultry, formerly known as KK Poultry Farm. Still sporting their old K Kaneshiro Poultry sign in front, OK Poultry LLC, a Japanese company purchased the ‘Nalo poultry farm business from original owners Roy and Carolyn Kaneshiro recently in September of 2015.
So what’s with the name “KK Poultry”? Well, that stands for Kishuin and Kikue. Interestingly, Carolyn tells me their poultry farm was originally located in the Waialae area, moving to Waimanalo in the 1950s. And yes, Carolyn, Roy and their daughter Wendy still work at the farm under the new ownership.
Had you known more about it, since day one you could always use Kaneshiro’s locally-raised eggs for the popular Japanese raw egg and rice breakfast dish called Tamago Kake Gohan. Yet it wasn’t until OK Poultry purchased the business, did they aggressively market their eggs for that use under the brand Waimana TKG, clearly being an abbreviation of “Waimanalo Tamago Kake Gohan”.
As of this writing, Don Quijote and Nijiya Market on Oahu, who both specialize in imported Japanese groceries, are the only retailers carrying these precious, LOCALLY-RAISED eggs under said Waimana TKG brand. There you can purchase their best quality GRADE A large eggs for about $7 per dozen carton. Kaila Cafe, a trendy breakfast joint in Market City Shopping Center also started featuring Waimana TKG eggs on their menu.
OK Poultry Farm Direct Island Fresh Eggs (prices current as of April 2016, per Carolyn Kaneshiro):
- Small B: $6.75/tray or $3.15/dozen
- Medium B: $8.25/tray or $3.50/dozen
- Large B: $9.25/tray or $3.80/dozen
- X Large B: $9.50/tray or $3.80/dozen
- XX Large B: $9.75/tray or $3.95/dozen
- Jumbo B: $10.50/tray
- Chex: $5.50/tray (mixed sizes; some cracked; 2 week expiration date; ideal for baking)
- Crack: $4.00/tray
In case you don’t know, 1 tray = 30 eggs. Also to note, while before you could call in to reserve the Large and X Large eggs, due to popular demand right there at their country store, they no longer take phone orders. Strictly first come, first served.
Regarding the grade, Carolyn explained that all the eggs they sell direct at the farm are Grade B, being they reserve the higher Grade A eggs for the supermarkets under the Waimana TKG brand. The main difference between A and B grade being the thickness of the shell, with obviously the A grade being thicker. However trust me, farm-fresh direct B grade egg shells are still far thicker than any of those cheap mainland eggs you get. So much so, it takes a good “whack” on the corner of the counter to get one to crack. If you just tap it on a flat surface, nope, it’ll laugh at you. She also notes the Grade A eggs come from younger chickens.
As for the deep orange’ish yellow color of the yolk, that comes from the feed they give their chickens. Which get this: PAPRIKA is added to the feed, giving the yolk that intense hue that is so desireable, especially in Japanese culinary applications.
They don’t have any type of farm tours currently available, so I can’t show you any fascinating behind-the-scenes production content. However just a visit to their country store at their Waimanalo farm is enough to put you in a time warp, and how it must have been when our great grandparents went shopping for eggs, way before the likes of Foodland and Costco.
Following are photos taken at the old K Kaneshiro Poultry Store (OK Poultry) in Waimanalo. Enjoy. ;-)
Wow, it’s half plantation home style museum, half country egg store!
Again, it’s important to stress, Carolyn says, that “TKG” isn’t a brand or type per se that refers to eggs that are safely eaten raw. It’s simply the FRESHNESS of the egg, along with the care and cleanliness that went into the production process.
Note that the “Best by” date is key, as that’s 14 days from the time the egg was laid, and is considered safe to eat raw. After that of course the eggs are certainly still good to eat IF COOKED until the “Use by” date, which can extend on up to 6 weeks.
My Sunday “harvest” from K Kaneshiro Poultry, a.k.a. OK Poultry…
Since purchasing it about 10 days clocked into its “Best by” date for use eaten raw, next I plan on doing the frozen version. In that state, where you can yank out the semi-soft raw yolk with hashi, let it marinate in Kawanaka Shoyu, then enjoy stuffed in an omusubi, atop noodles or Konnyaku like this!…
OMG, oishiso yo!
OK Poultry (Formerly known as KK Poultry)
“Home of Waimana TKG Eggs”
41-656 Kakaina St.
Waimanalo, Hawaii 96795
Tel. (808) 259-7832
The Tasty Island rating:
5 Tamago no SPAM Musubi!