Me and my fish cravings. In early December, I made a return trip to Tanioka's in Waipahu, Hawaii (on Farrington Highway).
A bit of background info: Tanioka's is a family-run business founded in 1978. They are famous for their poke (a raw fish salad in Hawaiian cuisine, for those not in the know), fish patties, cone sushi, maki sushi, spicy ahi bentos, and fried chicken. Nowadays, the lines can get pretty long, especially if you go at the peak lunch rush.
|Fish and salmon patties|
|Shrump tempura and lumpia|
|Poi Mochi and Poi Andagi|
|Various types of musubi|
First up, a fish patty and a salmon patty ($1.95 each). Each were juicy and seasoned well. In fact, the fish patty is a recipe handed down from the owner's mother. The patties are kept at room temperature, cooking them to order and eating a fresh, temperature-hot patty would be the only thing making this one better.
|Fish patty (left) and salmon patty|
The sampler bento ($5.95) has small helpings of minced tako (octopus), tuna, and marlin on a bed of sushi rice. A wonderful choice here to try three of Tanioka's finest offerings. Perfectly cooked sushi rice, on the sweet-tangy side. It is kept chilled on refrigerated shelves.
|Sampler Bento (Tanioka's)|
|Half-pound of Wasabi-Miso Tako|