As I mentioned before the Missus' cousin Long Hui is quite a character, she lives life in a carefree way, loves bright colors, wears high heels to the beach, and basically keeps the Missus in stitches. Even though she doesn't speak much English (though it's better than my Mandarin), what little she says still cracks me up. Whenever I take a photo of her, she'll assume a faux glamorous pose, one hand on her hip the other raised behind her slightly tilted head, eyes looking off in the distance. Once the photo is snapped, she'll tell me "YES or No, yes or no!" Basically, she needs to give her approval before the photographic evidence lives in perpetuity. Oh, she also loves to eat....and as I found out, really loves Jia Ji....fried chicken.
So here's her rating of the three different fried chicken she had during her stay:
1 - Tanioka's Seafoods & Catering
During our stop directly from the airport we picked up some of Tanioka's boneless fried chicken. Little did we know how much Long Hui loves her chicken........
Man, did she love this...... Not sure why, I'll have to have some on my next trip. Long Hui is not sure either telling the Missus maybe it's because this was the first she had.
Tanioka's Seafoods & Catering
94-903 Farrington Hwy
Waipahu, HI 96797
2 - Fukuya Delicatessen
One early morning, I went for a visit to my Mother's gravesite. I stopped by Fukuya one of my favorite, albeit expensive okazuya's. My Mom loved their fried chicken so much that I ended up using them to cater her wake.
Love that Fukuya has the old-fashioned okazuya hours - open at 6am (or earlier). The place has been around way longer than I have (founded in 1939) and will probably be going strong long after I'm gone.
In the typical local-style, it's all thighs, all the time. Temptingly salty, this is really good stuff....not sure why it didn't make numba' one though.....
Fukuya Deli & Catering
2710 South King Street
Open Wed - Sunday 6am - 2pm
I did leave a piece for mom..........
3 - Zippy's
The stuff we picked up from Zippy's in Ewa Beach just didn't measure up. But Long Hui wasn't complaining......
After all, someone had to finish last......
The Missus tells me that Long Hui is very witty, using puns and rhymes skillfully. It almost makes me wish I understood Mandarin. I'm hoping she'll visit again....this time we know she loves fried chicken, we'll be better prepared.
To quote cousin Long Hui: "we are all middle aged, too old to care, we should just relax, have fun, and eat!"