Friday, December 22, 2006 3comments No tags Permalink 0

I’ve been spending way more time than necessary at Ala Moana in a rash and unsuccessful attempt to finish Christmas shopping. I go with the best intentions but end up getting distracted by food, people watching, and book reading at Barnes & Nobles. So I never get anything done. Sigh. Some things never change. My favorite part about shopping is making stops at Shirokiya, a Japanese oasis of food, books, electronics and baked goods (at Saint Germain). The other day I tried a new item, the “Dry Curry Roll” ($2.80). It’s your basic California roll with avocado and crab, only this time, the entire outside is rolled in yellow curry powder. And ta-dah! It becomes a Curry Roll! Fascinating, isn’t it? It was a nice change from the ordinary, though I don’t think I’ve become an immediate fan. Perhaps when I’m back at school and short on food and money, I think curry powder and rice would make a good meal! :)

Today I had the Butterfish Bento ($7.20) which includes a local sized portion of rice, grilled butterfish, pickles, mushrooms, fishcake, a black seaweed (of which I do not know the name, but love to eat), two pieces of fried shrimp and a square of fried chicken (in front of the fish). The chicken really threw me off, it was a small tough square, very chewy and reminded me of a thick hunk of deep fried beef jerky. Perhaps this is a common Japanese item which I am unfamiliar with? But the butterfish was yummy as always. Smooth and savory, flaky to the touch, man, I love butterfish!

Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. #2250
Honolulu, HI 95814
(808) 873-9111

  • Kat
    December 22, 2006

    Oh, Kathy! You totally remind me of … Mee! I always make a beeline towards Shirokiya first thing after parking (usually on Sear’s side). I love just looking at the vast variety of foods and of the food being prepared right before your eyes! Some of the specialties from Japan you may have missed this year were okonimiyaki, takoyaki (not too good :P), fresh croquettes in over 5 varieties (soooooo ONO), kinako mochi, fresh crab bento and so many other goodies! Sorry don’t want to rub it in. Hope they’ll have more goodies on their way during the holidays!Anyway, if you hadn’t tried them yet, honolulu cookie company has a kiosk downstairs in the food court. They have free samples and their cookies are soo good! I especially like the coffee flavored shortbread dipped in white chocolate and the mango lilikoi flavored shortbread!(sorry the first deleted comment was me but it didn’t have my blogger identity)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 23, 2006

    Hey Kat!Merry Christmas!Lol, you must get a good workout going from Sears to Shirokiya! I wish I was there for the crab bentos – that sounds so good. I saw this new Japanese place down in the food court (right next to thirst aid station) that makes okonomiyaki, yakisoba and a buger that’s made with grilled rice instead of buns (I think). Ala Moana is SO INSANELY CROWDED! I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack every time I go there. All in the Christmas spirit, I guess! :)

  • Chubbypanda
    December 23, 2006

    It’s a common, badly cooked Japanese item you’re not familiar with. =D I *think* it’s supposed to be chicken kara-age, bento style.- Chubbypanda

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