Monday, September 10, 2012


Did you know it took us 3 tries to get a chance to try Mitsu-ken's?

The first time...we went on the day they were wonder we found parking on the street...ha!

The second time...we went on the day that they having construction done on the street in front and weren't gonna have any water, so they were!

The third time...we went after trying to order take out at another place, only to find out they didn't have what we wanted.

So we stood in Mitsu-ken's l-o-n-g line. The line is long because there really is no "shop" to go into, just a cart with hot foods pushed in front of the doorway "creating" an order window.

We ordered their Mitsu-ken bento...US$6.25 + tax.

3 generous pieces of their garlic chicken, teri beef, a shoyu weiner and shoyu spam, lots of rice and an egg omlet (that's how it is spelled).

A ton of food but their garlic chicken is delicious. Very crispy. Driving home, the garlic smell was strong, but not so overpowering while eating it.

Their teri beef was gristly, a bit on the tough side but well soaked.

There is no parking unless you find some on the street, but I'm glad we got to try this place.

We'll be back.

Mitsu-ken (UPDATE: as of 2013, they have moved to a new location)
1223 North School Street
Kalihi, Hawaii
Phone: 808.848.5573
Open Tuesdays-Saturdays 5:00-13:00


Dennis K. said...

Wow looks great! Is that a tamago tucked in the corner? Everything looks good.

Su-Lin said...

I love seeing all the bentos and plate lunches you're having. Not sure why but I have a minor obsession with plate lunches - I need to visit Hawaii!

K and S said...

yup tamago (egg omelet as they call it), Dennis :)

I hope you get a chance to visit soon, Su-Lin :)

Take care you two.

KirkK said...

Hey, you finally made it! I haven't been back there in years....I gotta get back so I can compare with Sugoi.

K and S said...

we liked the crunchy skin too Kirk, haven't tried Sugoi, will wait until your comparison :)

Take care.

Rowena said...

What's that saying? Third time's a charm? A good thing that they did not disappoint!

K and S said...

indeed Rowena!

Take care.

jalna said...

This is my absolute favorite bento . . . above all.

K said...

I'm glad you were able to try it- the variety in that one container, wow!

K and S said...

can see why Jalna :)

indeed a lot of variety, K!

Take care.