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Uber Factory takes top honors in Rice Fest 'Riceipe' contest

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September 29th, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

The team of chef Andy Dalan of Uber Factory and KITV4's Brandi Higa took top honors during the Riceipe cooking competition that was part of the 7th annual Rice Festival that took place Sept. 25.

Chef Andy Dalan of Wahiawa's Uber Factory dessert shop successfully defended his Riceipe champ title, taking home first place honors for a second consecutive year during the 7th annual Rice Festival's Riceipe cooking contest that took place Sept. 25 on Auahi Street fronting Ward Centre.

Dalan, also a chef consultant at Waimea Valley, was teamed with KITV4's Brandi Higa for the task.

Chef Andy Dalan's winning dish of pineapple and rice crème brulée. As good to eat as to look at.

The event featured four chef/TV celebrity teams vying for the top spot, with recipes judged on criteria of taste, creativity, simplicity of preparation and visual appeal. The other teams were Johnny Kai (Treetops Restaurant) and Hawaii News Now's Lacy Deniz, Maile Sengoura (Maile's Thai Bistro) with KHON2's Kelly Simek, and Robbie "Rbz" Acoba (Side Street Inn on Da Strip) with OC16's Tiny Tadani. All three presented variations of fried rice.

Dalan differentiated himself from the pack by presenting a surprising pineapple and rice crème brulée tart. Rice is used as a basis for dessert throughout the world, but not so much in the U.S., so it did get curious audience members coming up to the stage area to see just how good a rice brulée could be.

And that's the whole point of the fest, to see this food staple in a new light, look beyond the basics and appreciate rice in all its forms.

Spam Musubi Man was there, soaking up the love we have for the Spam and rice combo.

Chef/restaurateur Maile Sengoura cooks up a meaty fried rice with KHON2's Kelly Simek.

Sengoura's beautifully plated fried rice.

OC16's Tiny Tadani was teamed with Side Street Inn on Da Strip's chef Robbie Acoba, to create the second place "Japa-Pino Pride" rice dish below, notable for the sweetness of corn and flourishes of nori and bonito.

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Hawaii News Now's Lacy Deniz sautés onions while helping Johnny Kai with his fried rice dish, below.

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Among dishes being offered by vendors were arancini from Mega-Load burgers.

Da Bolalohan and BBQ Grill was featuring dishes such as a beef brisket fried rice loco moco and a spicy grilled pork rice bowl.

There was a line for Sweet Creams genmaicha roasted rice ice cream rolls and below, strawberry rolls that were later topped with Rice Krispies, strawberry mochi and a fresh strawberry.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday's Crave section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Juic'd Life opens in Kaka'ako

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June 10th, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Mother and son Shannon Benedict and Jaguar Clement have opened Juic'd Life upstairs at SALT, Kaka'ako.

SALT at Our Kaka‘ako is quickly shaping up to be a new dining center. In addition to early tenants such as Hank's Haute Dogs, Highway Inn, Starbucks and Jamba Juice, the latest to open is another refreshment oases, Tea Cafe.

With no relief from hot, sunny days, I'm also looking forward to the opening of Juic'd Life, a raw whole food juice bar that will be offering 12 flavors of cold-pressed juices formulated to help people re-energize, rebuild, repair and maintain their bodies. Each 16-ounce bottle holds the nutrition equivalent of 2 to 4 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The top seller, "Boost," is made with kale, spinach, pineapple, apple and mint. "Absorb" blends carrots, apples, and ginger. One of my new favorites is the "Detox Flush" with apple, ginger, lemon, turmeric, burdock and the spice of cayenne.

Juic’d Life also offers three-, five and seven-day cleanses to help detoxify your body, as well as made to order salads, made to order juices, and four types of made-to-order acai bowls, plus energy bars, protein cookies, bagged granola, fruit and nuts.

Among Juic'd signature blends are Refresh (lemon, strawberry, pineapple, apple and mint), Purify (spinach, kale, cucumber, apple, celery, romaine, ginger and lemon) and Detox Flush (described above).


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Juic’d Life is at at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, 685 Auahi St., Unit 218.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday's Crave section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

First course: Kaiseki returns to Hiroshi

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February 5th, 2014



hitakoBraised island tako was the second course served up during the inaugural New Age Kaiseki dinner at Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas. — Nadine Kam photos

The kaiseki dinner has long been a draw at Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, but the concept was put on hold after namesake chef Hiroshi Fukui's departure last August.

With the new year, the kaiseki dinner returned on Jan. 28, now showcasing the work of executive chef John Iha, exec sous chef Axelrod Colobang, and pastry chef Cherie Pascua, a former James Beard nominee.

The trio honed their skills in Hiroshi’s kitchen, and are moving beyond “Eurasion”— a fusion of European and Asian aesthetic, opening the menu to a world of flavors and ingredients. Even so, the menu is rooted in local meat, seafood and produce in the belief that helping local producers enriches the entire community in terms of sustainability and livelihood.

The nine-course "New Age Kaiseki" dinner was priced at $75 per person, with six-course wine pairing set at $25.

To get on the mailing list for future dinners, email cgomez@dkresturants.com.

Here's what was on the inaugural menu:

carpaccioFirst course: Mekajiki carpaccio with sesame oil-chive relish, chili pepper water vinaigrette, micro greens and truffle oil. Accompanied by Birichino Malvasia Bianca. (more…)

The earlybirds got the ramen burger

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January 15th, 2014



keizoKeizo Shimamoto behind the grill at Taste Table, where he's cooking up his famous ramen burger.Nadine Kam photos

People started lining up at 8:30 a.m. this morning for a taste of Keizo Shimamoto's famous ramen burger, which caught national attention when it debuted at Brooklyn's Smorgasburg last fall.

All of a sudden, my New York friends were emailing me stories about this new food phenom created by Shimamoto, a ramen aficionado who started his Go Ramen blog to document his tasting and cooking adventures. In fact, one of these friends just found out about the Honolulu event and reports that the ramen burger still has the longest lines at Smorgasburg, which is why she hasn't been able to try it, even though she's in a condo that overlooks the event!


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Five months later, Keizo is here in Honolulu, where he has family, to cook up 700 burgers for those who might never be able to travel to NYC.

Of course, Hawaii diners (and shoppers) seem to have no problem with lines, and this one stretched around the corner from Taste Table, past Cocina, down to Ala Moana Boulevard.

Sadly, with about 400 people in line, and a three-burger per person limit, at $10 per burger—with many expressing the desire to pick up the maximum—not everyone will be able to get a bite, which is pretty much as you'd expect.

What's funny is that the first two women in line—Jean and Jane—both said they dreamed about the burger after learning about the special event, and when I asked Jane to describe her dream, she said she imagined soft cake noodles around a juicy burger, which is exactly what it is.

As an added treat, TT's Mark "Gooch" Noguchi added his own mashup of pork with gravy slaw on a ramen bun. Unfortunately, I didn't get to try this one. I was hoping to try it this morning, but after one look at the line, decided to go around the corner to Hank's Haute Dogs.

ralineThe line for the ramen burger stretches to Ala Moana Boulevard, about 400 people for 700 available burgers, and three burger limit per person. You do the math.

kraKeizo with his OG ramen burger, with noodle bun, grass-fed Kulana beef patty, shoyu glaze, green onions and arugula.

ra1Got a chance to try the burger last night, which tastes exactly what it sounds like, hamburger between soft, toothy cake noodles.

rabunsUnpacking the Sun Noodle ramen "buns."

Keizo Shimamoto brings his famed ramen burger to Taste

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January 13th, 2014



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Keizo Shimamoto's famed ramen burger is coming to town.

The creation of the blogger-turned-chef became an instant hit when it debuted at Brooklyn's Smorgasburg last August.

In the beginning, 300 people lined up for one of his 150 ramen burgers. These days, he can sell 700 burgers in four hours.

You'll be able to get a taste at Taste Table in Kakaako, beginning 11 a.m. Jan. 15, until 700 burgers—at $10 a pop—are gone.

In a press release statement, Shimamoto said, "My grandfather was born in Hawai’i and many of my relatives from the Shimamoto family tree still live there, so it was only natural that I take the Ramen Burger to Honolulu."

The ramen burger comprises a burger patty sandwiched between fried Sun Noodle ramen noodles, with a secret shoyu-based sauce and spiced arugula.

Shimamoto, who's second-generation Japanese, began exploring his culinary roots by sampling ramen everywhere he went, and writing about it on his Go Ramen blog.

When the subprime mortgage crisis hit, he quit his mortgage company job and moved to Japan, where he worked at noodle shops and saw people eating a ramen sandwich with chashu pork, fueling his idea for a Japanese take on an all-American classic.

Can't wait to try it!
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Taste Table is at 667 Auahi St.

 

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