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The Pig & the Lady

We went to a special Natto Dinner. All dishes are made with NATTO!!!!!????? This incredible event was put on by Chef Le and his family (and good friends!).  We’re pretty traditional when it comes to natto, eating it with egg, green onions and shoyu on hot rice so we really weren’t sure what to expect.  The pop-up restaurant concept certainly works well when introducing new, exploratory cuisine and this was no different.  Please take a look at the dishes we were able to enjoy and experience!  You might want to try making some of these yourself!  As we ate, I jotted down some notes about the different dishes.  Does it make you want to eat natto?

1. Natto Vichyssoise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hint of Natto, sweet, like melted ice cream, different layers of flavor- crunchy Natto bits…

2. Oyster – Natto froth, green apple, guava kombucha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very light flavor that played with the oyster well!

3. Burny Shallots, tofu, black garlic, duck fat, tarragon, Natto jus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting combination – slightly sweet, salty, mellow flavored – shallots were a wonderful compliment

4. Caramelized Pork Belly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So many different textures and flavors! Crunchy, sweet, tender, smooth!

5. Confit Egg Yolk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never tried a gouda mousseline before!  Great combi with the egg yolk and Natto/seaweed brioche!

6. Mango-Natto granite, yogurt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That,,,Was,,, different. Interestingly enough, however, all the components worked well!

7. Natto Andagi - Guiness anglaise, fig, Natto brittle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good combination for the Irish/Okinawans out there!  TIL natto can be made into a dessert!

A sincere MAHALO to Chef Andrew Le and his brother, Alex, for inviting us to the special meal!  We certainly wish them the best of luck as they share their passion for culinary creativity with more people in Hawaii!

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Aloha Tofu Mousse at Sheraton Moana Surfrider

This week, Aloha Tofu Mousse began selling at the Sheraton Moana Surfrider!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have Aloha Tofu’s Chocolate Cheesecake Tofu Mousse, Strawberry Tofu Mousse & Oboro Tofu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I visited Lawson at the Sheraton Waikiki too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To find it, just walk toward Waikiki Beach from the main entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheesecake Tofu Mousse & Pineapple Tofu Mousse will be delivered tomorrow!

Please check them out!

 

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Welcome! St. Francis Japanese Class Students!

11 Students from Ms. Tokuda’s Japanese class toured Aloha Tofu Factory.  They learned about Tofu manufacturing and the company’s history.  Of course, they enjoyed sampling our products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of their Japanese class assignment, Ms. Tokuda instructed them to describe tofu in Japanese.  (i.e. “Tofu is white and soft” or ” Tofu is delicious and cube-shaped.”)  They tried to speak in Japanese and all were very positive and cheerful.  We hope to see them again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They sent us wonderful thank you cards!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Lawson at Sheraton Waikiki

If you were born in Japan, you probably shopped at Lawson, the famous convenience store in Japan.

This is Lawson at the Sheraton Waikiki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can buy delicious Japanese foods…such as Musubi, Sushi, Sandwiches, and more!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found our good friend Sun Noodle’s cold Udon & Soba too!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweets from Panya!!!

And then… Of course….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALOHA TOFU MOUSSE!!!

Today was the debut of our Mousse in Waikiki!

Please check them out!

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Visiting the Children House in Pearl City

We went to the Children’s House on Friday, April 19, 2013 and taught the kids about Tofu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul, a former Preschool teacher, shared his hand-made story boards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After listening to Paul talk about Tofu, the children sampled Yudofu, Soy Milk, and Strawberry Tofu Mousse.

…of course they like the mousse the best!!!

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Blueberry Tofu Mousse

Our newest flavor…Blueberry Tofu Mousse.  Call the factory at 845-2669 for availability.  Or stop by and try our other tofu mousse flavors – Chocolate, Cheesecake, Strawberry, Coffee Caramel, Green Tea and Pineapple!

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A Cage of Fireflies Revisited

A CAGE OF FIREFLIES closed Sunday, March 3rd after an extended run of entirely sold-out performances. Congratulations to playwright Daniel Akiyama, director Phyllis Look, props team Monica Cho Coldwell and Squire Coldwell (who initially contacted Aloha Tofu), and the entire company.  Many thanks to everyone at Kumu Kahua Theatre and a Cage of Fireflies for using our humble product as a prop in your production.  We appreciate your support.

 Above is a photo of the company, plus State House Rep. Marcus Oshiro, whose family was also a benefactor for the production. (Monica and Squire are at far left, front and back row.)

 Above is a photo from a scene in the play of the tofu (in box) about to be made into champuru!

 

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Something a little different…

Aloha everyone and thanks for visiting this blog from time to time!

This entry is a little different from our regular blurbs, but it is so important to me that I hope you will take the time to read…My eldest son has had the good fortune for the past 4 years to be a part of Kalani High School’s soccer team. The four years of hard work by all the members of that team and coaching staff (and alumni!) culminated in the first State Soccer Championship for the Falcons ever (you can actually watch the replay of that exciting game here!).

By now many of you have heard about the heartbreaking story of Leo Klink, Kalani’s top attacker, and his mother, Hiroyo.  A simple Google search of “Leo Klink” will bring up the many links to this tragic story.

In many ways, Hiroyo Klink was representative of the ultimate “soccer mom” (as many of you are). Our family was lucky enough to know her and the wonderful son she raised with her husband, Paul. She was a kind, gracious and sincere person.  Always outwardly calm, she was also nervous before the start of any Kalani game, perhaps because she knew how much the team depended on her outstanding son.

A fund has been opened on behalf of Leo to help him continue his education at Bank of Hawaii.  Contributions can be made at any branch. I hope you will consider a donation to help fulfill a mother’s wish.

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5th Annual Ukulele Picnic at Kakaako Water Front Park

Aloha Tofu participated the 5th annual Ukulele Picnic. We sold Oboro Tofu with Kawanaka Shoyu, 3 flavors of Tofu Mousse (Green Tea, Pineapple, and Strawberry), Tofu Donuts, Tofu Towel, and Tofu Cookbook. We sold out all the food item!

Kai, one of our staff member (left) With Jody Kamisato, the president of Ukulele Hale.

Mr. Seiji Katsu, one of the performers and also the former member of Kodomo Band.

Paul & Mr. Kanaya, representative of Kawanaka Shoyu

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Aloha Tofu was introduced at Hiroshima FM Broadcasting

I visited Hiroshima FM Broadcasting and shared the history of Aloha Tofu and gave Main Personality, Mr. Takeaki Kashimura, and Ms. Shiho Kondo Tofu Towels in the Aloha Tofu Container.

 

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