Honolulu, Hawai’i: Hosojin Japanese Lamb BBQ

Friday, March 9, 2012 2comments No tags Permalink 0

[Closed as of June 2012] 

Lamb for lunch? Yes please.

Hosojin recently opened on Keeamoku Street and they serve one type of meat (lamb) prepared in one style (grilled).

You do however, get to choose the seasoning:
– marinated (think shoyu/teriyaki flavors)
– plain (no seasoning, the sliced Australian lamb is served plain)
– herb (rosemary, served with lemon juice and salt for dipping)

Ready? Ok first you get a little salad with ponzu dressing. Ponzu is the default salad dressing of Honolulu, sort of how balsamic + olive oil is in NYC.

And then a cube of super creamy tofu with an equally creamy sesame-miso sauce. Bonito flakes to top.

Can’t forget the kimchee…

…or hot rice and miso soup!

Melted lard to prepare the grill. This type of cooking is called jingisukan (aka “Genghis Khan”), and it’s the Japanese version of Mongolian BBQ.

Mom and I ordered the marinated and herb lamb. Portions are fair…$13.99 for the set at lunch and $17.99 at dinner (you get a larger portion at dinner).

The waitress gets the grill started. First she arrange all the vegetables along the rim of the grill. Think kabocha slices, bean sprouts, carrots, onions, and green peppers.

Then she pours in the housemade steaming broth – a shoyu-based sauce with apples, ginger, garlic, and sugar. The rim of the grill is sunken so that vegetables steam while the lamb grills. Pretty neat right?

Almost ready to eat! Be warned, lamb cooks fast. We like it rare. The marinated version was our favorite of the two options, tender, so juicy (it’s marinated for 24 hours), and the slightest bit gamey.

Also, it’s BYOB until they get their liquor license ^_^

Hosojin Japanese Lamb BBQ
661 Keeamoku Street
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96814
(808) 691-9458

  • anonymous
    March 9, 2012

    Haaa, the salad looks so fresh! I wonder how one makes ponzu sauce… hehehe thanks for the post! I've been reading your blog for years, but this is my first time commenting ^w^~

  • Kathy YL Chan
    March 12, 2012

    Nknt – Thanks for commenting! Do a quick search for "ponzu salad dressing" and you can pull up many variations. So basic and super delicious :)

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