Shrimp and vegetable tempura and gyoza – Barracuda Sushi

Shrimp and vegetable tempura and gyoza - Barracuda Sushi
Served with jalapeno ponzu and sweet daikon ponzu sauce. Pre fixe dinner
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love fried Japanese appetizers especially dipped in salty ponzu. The problem is that they’re usually on the small side and there’s never enough. Feed my belly! 🙂

Miso soup - Barracuda Sushi
Miso soup.

Japanese plate – DADS Kamayan Saisaki

Japanese plate - DADS Kamayan Saisaki
California roll, gyoza, salmon croquette, shrimp tempura, eggplant tempura, sweet potato tempura. Buffet
DADS Kamayan Saisaki, Manila PHILIPPINES

I wasn’t all that hungry after the Filipino plate, but I figured it was a buffet and I should eat my money’s worth (stupid American mentality!). Lol! The items on this plate weren’t as satisfying though. Tempura is not the best item to choose in a buffet because the batter gets either really soggy or rock hard after sitting out for a while. Maybe the Japanese section isn’t as popular in this restaurant because everything tasted a little dry and old to me. 😦

Miso soup - DADS Kamayan Saisaki
Miso soup.

Intramuros
Exploring the Intramuros.

Deluxe udon – Wakaba Sushi & Noodle

Deluxe udon - Wakaba Sushi & Noodle
Beef, tofu, shrimp tempura, seaweed, udon noodles, scallions. $13.95
Wakaba Sushi and Noodle, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

This udon noodle soup was pretty good for airport food, but then most of the restaurants in Terminal 2 are better than most. The bowl looks small but there was surprisingly a lot of good! 🙂

Miso soup - Wakaba Sushi & Noodle
Miso soup. $2.45

Diet Coke - Wakaba Sushi & Noodle

Diet Coke.

Chopsticks cover - Wakaba Sushi & Noodle
Chopsticks cover.

Ling cod tartare – The Walrus and the Carpenter

Ling cod tartare - The Walrus and the Carpenter
Scallion, ginger, miso, egg yolk, asparagus. $10
The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle WA

I’ve never had ling cod tartare before so this was a new experience. I’m glad I tried it, but I’m not sure I would order it again. It tasted fine, but there were a slimey textural element that I wasn’t fond of. I don’t know if it was from the ling cod or the egg and miso combination. Honestly, I’m not sure what the texture of raw ling cod is supposed to be in the first place. 🙂

Moss clumps
Moss clumps, Renton.

Kona kampachi miso macnut brulee – Don the Beachcomber

Kona kampachi miso macnut brulee - Don the Beachcomber
Kona kampachi slices, miso glaze, macnut, scallions, and ogo (seaweed). $12.95
Don the Beachcomber, Kailua-Kona HI

This wasn’t my favorite dish. The miso glaze was really a thick miso sauce and there was A LOT of it. When it was combined with the seaweed, the resulting texture and flavor wasn’t appetizing. It was a salty, briney mess! I ordered this dish because I’d never had kampachi before, but it was nearly impossible to taste it because of all the crap on top. Too bad, perhaps next time…

Kailua Bay
Kailua Bay.

Garlic kimukatsu set – Kimukatsu

Garlic kimukatsu set - Kimukatsu
With cabbage salad, rice, miso soup, Japanese pickle, and choice of special sauce. $19
Kimukatsu, Honolulu HI

This kimukatsu flavor was pretty good, but a little greasy again. I really enjoyed the dipping sauce and the Japanese pickles were delicious and totally assuaged my salt cravings. The miso soup also had strips of fried tofu in it which was tasty!

Cabbage salad - Kimukatsu
Cabbage salad.

Steamed rice - Kimukatsu
Steamed rice.

Miso soup - Kimukatsu
Miso soup.

Japanese pickles - Kimukatsu
Japanese pickles.

Salt and spring onion sauce - Kimukatsu
Salt and spring onion sauce.

Tea - Kimukatsu

Tea. Complimentary

Lollipop plant (Pachystachys lutea, Acanthaceae)
Lollipop plant or golden shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea, Acanthaceae), Ainahau Triangle Park.

Black pepper kimukatsu set – Kimukatsu

Black pepper kimukatsu - Kimukatsu
With cabbage salad, rice, miso soup, Japanese pickle, and choice of special sauce. $19
Kimukatsu, Honolulu HI

This was the first time I’d ever tried kimukatsu, and it was very tasty! It’s made with thinly sliced pork cutlet stacked into 25 layers, covered in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried for 8 minutes. It sounded intriguing so I had to try it. It thought it was really flavorful and tender, but it was a little on the greasy side probably because they fry it on a low temperature. The set is quite large so I was definitely full afterward.

Cabbage salad - Kimukatsu
Large bowl of cabbage salad for the table.

Steamed rice - Kimukatsu
Steamed rice.

Miso soup - Kimukatsu
Miso soup.

Japanese pickles - Kimukatsu
Japanese pickles.

Ume shiso ponzu - Kimukatsu
Ume shiso ponzu sauce.

Asahi beer - Kimukatsu

Asahi draft. $5.50

Tahitian dancers
Tahitian dancers, Canoe Pageant, Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie.

Miso ramen combo – Ezogiku

Miso ramen combo - Ezogiku
Ezogiku’s signature and most popular ramen. Topped with charsiu pork, fishcake, and green onion. $8.75
Ezogiku, Honolulu HI

Mmm, this totally hit the spot! I was craving carbs and salt and this delivered on both. The restaurant was packed during lunch so we had to wait for a counter seat to open up. Glad we did because the ramen was pretty good!

Gyoza - Ezogiku
Combo with gyoza. $2.25

Aloha Welcome to Hawaii
“Aloha Welcome to Hawaii” sign at Honolulu International Airport.