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Sugar-Free Sushi Rice And How Mom Learned To Make It

Mom's sushi rice has gone through an evolution since I was a kid. One of her first jobs in Hawaii was as a waitress...

No MSG Takuan

Ah, takuan - those teeny, tiny, delightfully crunchy pieces of bright yellow radish that we can never get enough of in a Japanese bento....

Oyako Don With Chicken Katsu

When I lived in Japan, I ate a lot of donburi - Japanese rice bowls topped with meat and vegetables. But when you think...

Cold Somen Noodles

It's summer in Hawaii (yes, we have a summer) and it's getting hot and humid these days! The trade winds have skipped town and...

Sugar-Free Namasu

My family (and extended family) love to eat namasu. It's a pretty healthy side dish that's both pleasing to the eye and matches well...

Tempura Batter-Fried Fish

We had a whole bag of frozen Pacific cod in the freezer so Mom brought out the tempura flour and she went all out...

Chicken Katsu

Chicken katsu is originally a dish from Japan, but it's also commonly found in local restaurants in Hawaii. The usual chicken katsu recipe you...

Pickled Cucumbers And Sweet Onions

It's been raining a lot here in Hawaii, which means the farm has been exploding with cucumbers. With the excess of cucumbers arriving at...

Nishime

Among Japanese families in Hawaii, you'll often find nishime being served at a New Year's family party. It's a once-a-year holiday treat for me!...

Tag: Japanese Cuisine

Where To Swim With Turtles In Hawaii And How To Find Them

Swimming with turtles in Hawaii is amazing! My heartbeat kicks up but at the same time I feel so calm. There's a sense of peace in me when I see them drift from rock to rock, relying on the...

The Best Things To Do In Maui: 30+ Activities In Maui For Families

Family activities in Maui are not difficult to find. There are so many things to do in Maui that are family and kid-friendly, you'll run out of time before you finish your Maui bucketlist. The reason why Maui is so...

A Guide To Snorkeling in Maui And The Best Snorkeling Spots

If you're looking to snorkel in Maui, you've chosen the right island. Maui has some of the best snorkel spots in Maui packed with turtles, fish, and coral. Below I've listed some of my favorite snorkel spots in Maui...

The Best Places To Visit In Maui: 20+ Bucketlist Locations

Maui is a magical place filled with small and lively towns, waterfalls, hikes, and excellent snorkeling opportunities. You won't run out of things to do in Maui, but there are some places that you should not miss. Here's a...

Most Popular Things To Do In Oahu

People flying into Oahu are always asking me what they should do, see, and eat here. While you can't go wrong with aimlessly exploring, it is good to have at least a few spots set in your agenda. Here's...