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December 12, 2004

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santos

hey reid--looks good, esp. since i haven't had lunch yet. but raw potatoes? haven't tried that yet.

pieman

The food, the beach... Not jealous one little bit....

Clinton

Reid,

That's an unusual dish...wasabi steak? Kind of interesting but I can just imagine the taste of it. Oh, speaking of raw potatoes, the first time I've tried it was at Pietro's as a salad with their signature dressings. They have several to choose from but I had my favorite. The shredded raw potato salad sounded wierd at first but after tasting it, it kind of grows on you. The only thing about it was the price for that unusual salad. It's not a normal substitute for a simple green salad since it's quite overpriced. I've never seen that truck at Daiei before but then, I wasn't looking in the parking lot to buy something to eat.

MrsT

Hmmmm... looks spicy to me though..??!!?? so much wasabi..?

Reid

Hi Santos,

If you actually saw this, you would have thought it was shredded daikon, that's what I initially thought. The potatoes were very thinly grated and very crunchy. I think I'll go back next weekend and take pictures of the inside of the roll.

Hi pieman,

=)

Hi Clinton,

I haven't been to Pietro's in ages, and have never tried the salad that you speak of. I'm thinking of going there soon and will make sure to look out for it. The wagon at Daiei Kaheka hasn't been around for very long...maybe a couple of years at most. It's actually quite inconspicuous, especially if you come in from the Ewa entrance. You wouldn't think they were selling anything unless there was a line next to the truck. Maybe you can try it on your next trip here.

Hi MrsT,

It actually looks like a lot of wasabi, but it's very diluted. I'm not sure what they used to make the sauce, but the flavor of the wasabi was very mild.


MBS

Reid:

MAHALO for posting your trip to Taes! I'm going there as soon as I get off the plane.

anthony

Oh you champion. I was thinking - go the wasabi, go the wasabi. And you did.

That's a very minimalist truck design.

Reid

Hi MBS,

Tae's is great. Try to get there as early as possible so that you can get some greens with your ribeye steak roll. Let me know how you like it.

Hi Anthony,

I can't ever refuse wasabi anything. The only trouble with this was, the sauce. It seemed a bit watered down, with not much wasabi flavor. Maybe next time, I need to ask for wasabi on the side.

I think the truck is great. If I didn't have a life to live, I'd probably want to start a food business out of one of these myself. Actually, I've been toying with the idea for a while. I'd just need to find a good location and a marketable product. Couple of thoughts? Nasi lemak or bahn mi.

fish fish

Eww!! That's really quite an amount of wasabi sauce. Hmm... never had wasabi sauce before actually. Wat's the difference with normal grated wasabi? But I like the idea ponzu wasabi. Hee...

Reid

Hi fish fish,

It is a lot of sauce, but the sauce is very mild (you can barely taste the wasabi flavor). In fact, it's much milder than grated wasabi if you ask me. I like to dip pieces of the ribeye roll into the ponzu sauce before eating. Makes it taste yummier! =)

ST

Steak by the beach. Tempting even for me who don't eat beef :)

Julia

That's a really beautiful shot of the beach, Reid. You're so lucky to be able to enjoy your meals in such idyllic settings. :)

MBS

Ala Moana Beach Park, right! Magic Island in the background (right-hand side) and Waikiki, center.

That's one of the things I love about home--the beach is perhaps a mile from Daiei.

Reid

Hi ST,

It was actually quite nice and HOT! I got a little tan, which was noticed by all at work on Monday. They asked if I had gotten some sun. I told them that I had lunch at the beach. They were all surprised!

Hi Julia,

Thanks for the compliment on the photo. Yes, we are very lucky here in Hawaii. I'm especially lucky since the beach is only a 5 minute drive from home. I like to eat on the beach and people watch. It's quite interesting.

Hi MBS,

What a good eye you have. I was right there, past the first concession stand headed in the direction of McCoy Pavillion. It was a beautiful day with nice trades. Couldn't ask for anything more.

anthony

What about crepes and coffee? A rotisserie chicken van in Tokyo just went gangbusters. I wanted to buy a Bongo Van and sell coffee and call it Espresso Bongo but I think I'd be the only one getting it here.

Reid

Hi Anthony,

I've thought about coffee, but not crepes. If I had a truck, I'd like to do something different or unique. Crepes might be good, but they may take a while to cook. Besides, I was told that it's usually not a good idea to keep food that requires refrigeration.

Like the name for the truck, but I'm not sure that coffee would work here. We have a lot of Starbucks Coffee around.

jupiter

The wasabi sauce seems to be just wasabi powder and water. I don't really taste anything else in it. I liked the garlic more. I think next time I will try the spicy or the salt/pepper.

Reid

Hi jupiter,

I could't agree more. I actually liked the teriyaki flavor as well as the salt and pepper. This was the second time that I had eaten the wasabi flavor and the first time I had tried it, it was a bit better.

eric

the there is ono.

eric

oops sorry the food there is ono

Reid

Hi Eric,

Yes, the food here is definitely good. I would eat here more often if I could.

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