Food La La: New eats at Shirokiya

Jan. 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Shirokiya is constantly expanding their food offerings with delicious and authentic food straight from Japan. Two new eateries, Kitanoya and Matsuzaka Tei, are both celebrating grand openings today, Jan. 22, with special discounts!

Kitanoya’s specialty is snow crab imported straight from Hokkaido. Hokkaido is known for their seafood, so I am especially excited to learn their bentos contain both crab and ikura. Their giant crab reminds me of the amazing time I had in Hokkaido last year and all the delicious food I ate while I was there.

Photo by Mona Wood-Sword

The author at the Kitanoya kiosk inside Shirokiya Ala Moana. (Courtesy Mona Wood)

This is the bento ($9.85) which contains both crab and ikura. Only 50 are made each day.

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The bentos have big pieces of juicy crab meat.

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The crab futomaki contains snow crab, mayonnaise, shiitake mushrooms and egg.

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For their grand opening, Kitanoya will offer a 10 percent discount on all bentos.

NEXT DOOR to Kitanoya is Matsuzaka Tei, which specializes in sukiyaki (aka gyu don) bowls. The bowls are considered comfort food in Japan and are very affordable. For their grand opening, all bowls are just $4.90.

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This is what the small sukiyaki bowl looks like. The meat is flavorful and tender and comes with a bowl of miso soup.

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Additional toppings can be added for $1 each. Available items include ontama (half boiled egg), kimchi, cheese and even natto!

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The small and large bowls.

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Of course, no meal is complete without dessert! Right across Kitanoya and Matsuzaka is a cute dessert shop called 5&2 that serves yogurt, Korean-style shave ice, smoothies and coffee. It is owned by Sun Edwards, who has operated the business for the last three years.

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A variety of fruits and jellies toppings.

A selection of nuts, granola and candy toppings.

The yogurt is self-serve, with eight different flavors to choose from.

The yogurt is self serve with 8 different flavors to choose from.

I created a mix of green tea (my favorite flavor!) and plain yogurt topped with kiwis, strawberries, almonds and coconut shavings. The yogurt here tastes fresh, creamy and natural. It doesn’t have an artificial taste like some other yogurt shops.

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Edwards insisted we try the Korean shave ice, called patbingsu. This is actually one of my favorite places to eat patbingsu because the ice is very soft and they don’t skimp on toppings! There’s tons of mochi, azuki bean and fruit.

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Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at foodlalablog@gmail.com.

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