Since we've been hitting most of Satoshi's favorite spots, we went to Rocky's in Waipahu for breakfast one morning.
The weather has been miserably humid and this particular morning it was raining (which actually made it a little cooler). But, the rain caused traffic to be hideous paired with some schools & UH (University of Hawaii) starting.
It was nice sitting in Rocky's with pretty much the place to ourselves.
Satoshi had a loco moco, it looked quite teeny, but there were 2 hamburger patties in there!
I ordered the 2 over easy eggs, corned beef hash with hash browns...I was super disappointed when tater tots came out posing as hash browns...
Other than that, I'm glad we got to revisit this place.
Lunch was with one of Satoshi's friends. We met near his workplace then walked to Golden Pork which is in the spot of Mediterraneo, which is a couple doors down from Tacos Zarate.
This restaurant is apparently from Japan and they do tonkotsu (pork bone broth) soup, which I am not really a fan of. The soup can be quite "heavy" in terms of oil and "porky smells".
Because rain stopped, the weather went from cool to miserably humid, so I ordered their tsukemen.
I didn't quite like that the noodles (which were too thick) were served still "wet" from being cooked then rinsed and that the soup seemed "gritty".
Satoshi and his friend had their black garlic ramen (no photo), this had a thinner noodle.
The gyoza was okay with the crispy outsides, though the filling seemed to be bland.
I think having lived in Japan for so long, I have secretly and scarily turned into a "ramen snob"...gasp!
This place is pricey with bowls starting from $10.50...
It was nice to see Satoshi's friend and great to try a new place (this shop opened in March 2015), dunno that I would come all the way to Hawaii to have a bowl of ramen though.
On the up side, how nice was this mural that I saw on the way to the restaurant?!
I've seen a similar one on Kapahulu, I hope to get a picture of it soon!
The weather doesn't sound like it will be letting up, as there is another tropical depression on the radar.
It seems like I ran away from Japan's miserable weather, only to be hit with Hawaii's miserable weather.
Oh well, c'est la vie.
Dinner that night was an assortment of poke (po-kay) from Foodland and some craft beers made by Rheinlander called Shore Break.
We tried their IPA and Hefeweizen. We couldn't believe Foodland was selling them $1.49 a can! Both seemed fruity with a little bitterness.
Poke in Hawaii is always fresh and delicious, and there are so many variations, I can't wait to re-create some of these at home!
I still have a few more days before my vacation comes to an end, hope you aren't getting bored with these posts...
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