On my way to work, I felt a bit hungry. Normally, I have some toast or some hot cereal for breakfast, but today, since I left a bit early, I decided to stop at Tanabe's Superette.
Tanabe's is a neighborhood convenience store, and as the sign states, has been around since 1917!
I couldn't tell you if it's been in this location all that time, but I do know that I've been here many times over the years. Here along with alcoholic beverages, juices and sodas, you'll find some pre-cooked food already packaged and ready to go.
That's a package of saba (mackerel) in front.
Here's some char siu (Chinese barbecued pork), roast pork, and tonkatsu (pork cutlet).
Some nigiri (hand-pressed), maki (thick rolled), and inari (cone) sushi.
Some musubi or onigiri (rice balls).
And for you healthy types, some pre-packaged cut fruits. Here we have some li hing pineapple (pineapple with Chinese preserved plum powder), as well as some "plain" pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon.
Besides the pre-packaged foods, you can also buy other items like chips and whole fruit. On the right hand side of the store, they also have a hot lunch counter that serves a variety of local foods.
This morning, I picked up a couple of musubi called the yokozuna (US$1.10) or was it the akebono....sorry, I'm not too sure. In haste, I ripped off the wrapping to eat them while they were still warm. They had goma shio furikake (seasoned seaweed with sesame seeds and salt) mixed into the rice and an umeboshi (pickled plum) in the center.
Warm and delicious, with just the right amount of seasoning, this was a perfect start to my day.
I've heard that the store sells upwards of 300 musubi per day, often selling out shortly after lunchtime (or 1:00 pm). They have a wide variety of grab-and-go foods that are perfect as in between meal snacks, or even as a make-shift bento (box lunch). In fact, many items sold here would be perfect to be eaten at a picnic on the beach. Great idea for those of you into last minute get togethers.
If you're looking for something more substantial, stop in for a Spam® musubi or one of their breakfast rolls, you won't be disappointed.
934 Keeaumoku Street