The okazuya is a testament to the Big Island’s unique take on Japanese cuisine. Whether you want a plate piled high with maki sushi and tempura or you want to feast on fried chicken, you’ll be sure to find a memorable, satisfying meal. The team at Kawamoto Store, based in Hilo, HI, share these lunch ideas inspired by okazuya classics.
5 Okazuya Ideas for Your Lunch
1. Cone Sushi
A satisfying combination of seasoned rice and carrots, cone sushi is notable for its fried bean curd wrapper, called abura-age—or inarizushi in Japanese. It’s a great option for vegan or vegetarian diners.
2. Maki Sushi
Maki sushi consists of rice and vegetables in a seaweed sheet, and the filling combinations are nearly endless. Try combining tuna, egg, pickled carrots, and celery, or keep it simple with cucumber and carrots; you can’t go wrong.
Crispy, salty tempura is the perfect complement to any meal. Pile your plate with a range of tempura vegetables, or just stick with battered shrimp.
You’ll find a range of chicken dishes at a okazuya, such as shoyu chicken, which consists of chicken simmered in a sweet-and-salty broth, or nori chicken, which is marinated chicken wrapped in sheets of nori.
Malasadas are Portuguese desserts that will add a final note of sweetness to your savory lunch. They’re served at Kawamoto Store on the first Wednesday of every month.
You should look forward to your lunch, which is what makes okazuya-inspired foods so delectable. With their perfect combination of sweet, salty, and spicy notes, you’ll feel full and satisfied. If you need to feed a crowd, the team at Kawamoto Store is happy to help with their full menu of authentic Asian cuisine. With over 70 years of experience, this catering company will work with your needs for gatherings large and small. To speak with a friendly representative, call (808) 935-8209, and visit them online to view their menu today.