Food Review: Sukiyaki Hotpot

A Hawai’ian Specialty Located in Shirokiya Japan Village Walk, Oahu

Rating: 5 out of 5

Welcome to the Only In Hawaii Food Review! Being home for the Holidays, I was wondering how I would approach this article and so began the exclusive idea of doing a review of something that can only be found at its highest quality in my home state of Hawai’i. Hawai’i is a very diverse state having a blooming population of Asians and native Hawaiians alike as well as the circulating populace of mainlanders (those who come from the contiguous 48 states). Being that I am from Hawai’i, I get to eat this food every so often once I am back home. Today, we will be talking about Sukiyaki, the comfort food on cold days for asian households.

Similar to Shabu Shabu, this dish takes the idea of not using broth to cook a variety of toppings and instead changes it to become specific to one ingredient.  Sukiyaki takes the idea of creating a Shoyu (called Soy sauce in the mainland). Recipes made for this type of food are typically used for cozying up at a get-together with friends and family with this homemade Japanese sukiyaki recipe, served with seared marbled beef and a variety of vegetables cooked in a soy sauce broth. Typically the meat goes from regular thinly sliced beef strips to the very high-quality, widely regarded as the most expensive beef in the world, Wagyu steak. There are generally two ways it is cooked, Kansai and Kanto. One way to is to sear the meat and season with sugar, soy sauce, and sake.  Then we enjoy some of the meat first before the rest of the ingredients are added to the pot. The other way is to enjoy all the ingredients at once. Typical accompaniments to the thinly sliced beef is carrots chopped in unique shapes such as flowers or hearts, homemade/store bought tofu, Shirataki yam noodles, enoki mushrooms (way better tasting than ones used in American dishes) and a variety of greens that are to a customer’s taste! 

Even with the salty ingredients, the delicious sauce acts like a shabu shabu broth and makes a very smooth and sweet flavor with the added saltiness of the shoyu. The mirin and the sake added into the broth is burned into the sauce where it makes it really tame. Long story short, this dish is best enjoyed with two people or with a group of four! Shirokiya’s Japan Walk brings on the ambience of being in Japan while visiting Hawai’i, the closest state to the beautiful country. The decorations of the place is filled with a variety of vendors adds to the atmosphere of eating this delicious dish amongst friends, family, or loved ones.

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