Food La La: Aloha Tofu Town opens in Iwilei
BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Aloha Tofu Town recently opened a lunch spot at 735 Iwilei Road in the same building as the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 theaters. Of course, their dishes all contain either tofu or soy. The menu selection is limited with just one kind of plate lunch per day. However, they serve other items like sandwiches, musubi and desserts daily.
There are only a few tables available inside, but I noticed most people who came by worked in the area and were coming to pick up their lunch to take back to their offices. The cashier station is actually an old tofu packing and sealing machine.
There is also a retail section with T-shirts, cook books, and other merchandise with the Aloha Tofu mascot.
I didn’t know tofu could be so cute!
The Mame Gohan was one my favorites. It was flavorful and made with mochi rice, sesame seeds, sesame seed oil, sake, shoyu, mirin, dashi and pieces of soybean.
The Tofu Poke ($3.00) is made with Yakidofu fish cake, sesame seeds, green onions, ginger, red chili pepper and crunchy seaweed. You add the shoyu separately.
Aloha Shrimp Tofu with chili sauce is the special of the day on Thursdays. You can either get a regular size for $8 or small for $5.50. This is the regular size. The chili sauce is more on the sweeter side than spicy. It also comes with a salad and potato salad with tuna and onions in it.
I really enjoyed the salmon and imitation crab sandwich ($6.80) with spinach bread. The filling is made with soft tofu and cream cheese.
For the dessert, I really like the tofu mousse ($2.80)! I tried the strawberry flavor. The texture is very smooth and creamy. They also have chocolate and a caramel coffee flavor.
The highlight of lunch was the Okara Cream Puffs ($4.00). Okara is soy pulp that remains after pureed soybeans are filtered during the production of tofu. It’s mixed into the flour of the cream puffs which gives them a light and flaky texture. I would go back just to eat these again!
Aloha Tofu Town is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (808) 845-2669 or visit http://alohatofu.com.
Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.