I’m really attempting to get these Hawaii posts done. I think I have maybe 2-3 more to go. This post will be about the store formerly known as Daiei, which is now Don Quijote.
Daiei was a Japanese chain. When I left the island, it was still Daiei. To my surprise that was not the case when I returned. Not sure what happened. But now it’s Don Quijote. Still the same layout, still the same products, pretty much looks like the same store. Just has a different name. During our stay we frequented this store quite a bit. (Not sure why)lol Since my family lives in Waipahu, we were at the Waipahu location a lot. We also visited the Pearl City location once. I just wanted to share some of the things we got there, and some of the things we saw.
Don Quijote carries a lot of Asian products, produce, and food items. They also have a lot of local items and treats. They even have a food court. To me it’s like an Asian Wal Mart. If that makes sense. I picked up Da Braddahs and Friends DVD from there(local comedy). JP picked up some ear buds. I even picked up some Make-up(I’m an addict). JP even got me a cute Hello Kitty necklace charm. Awwww 🙂
One trip there I picked up some Tako and Imitation Kimchi Crab Poke. Tako is the Japanese word for Octopus. Tako Poke (Po-keh) is Octopus with green onion, Hawaiian Salt and Sesame Seed Oil. I believe sometimes they put Limu (seaweed) in there. I love the stuff. The Imitation Crab Poke is made the same way, except this one has Kimchi seasoning on it. So that version is pretty spicy. You could also get it plain poke style, which is equally good. I probably should have gotten these two from Taniokas, but I was at the store and had a craving.
I purchased 1/2 lb. At $3.18 I think it was pretty reasonable. This Tako was actually pretty tasty. I liked it. You can see there were some good sized pieces in there. The texture was perfect and the flavor was pretty good.
This on the other hand, was not good. I did not care for this one bit. I wished I had gotten it somewhere else. It was pretty cheap, and it tasted cheap. Oh well, that’s what I get. lol It was to salty. I could barely taste any spice, because the salt was so overpowering. The texture wasn’t that good either. It was kind of mushy. You can tell from the picture. I probably only took two bites from this container.
The only thing I dug from here was the Tako. If you want to try any of these local treats, I highly suggest getting them from a reputable fish market. This is not the place to purchase these items. 😦 Sorry.
Check out these different types of Octopus we spotted at Don’s. One was deep fried. I think the second one was just fresh raw Octopus. Yum!
Another thing we had there, which I did not photograph was Andagi. Andagi is like a Japanese fried donut. Specifically Okinawan. You can have it plain, with sugar, or cinnamon and sugar. These are pretty tasty. There is a man that is set up outside the store. You can get two for $1, not bad.
Don Q’s, to me is a cool place. Even if you don’t buy anything. They have all kinds of interesting things you probably won’t find anywhere in the states. They have a few locations all over the island. I love the place! Check them out if your in town.