Ala Moana: Shirokiya

Stuck in a funky rut this weekend. Not sure if it’s the weather or something else. Maybe a little of both.

Just photos and a few words for today :)

The recently open Mochi Cream stand at Shirokiya, right across from Saint Germain. They came here do to a demo sometime last summer, and it was so popular that they decided to take over a small area downstairs and stay for good. My mom was quite happy about that.

I went back a few times during this trip, and there was always a steady stream of customers – never super busy, but consistent.

Clockwise from top left: Cafe au Lait, Kurogoma Kinako, and Chocolate-Banana.

Cafe au Lait

Kurogoma Kinako


I eat at Shirokiya for lunch pretty often, bentos, ramen and udon, sweets, sushi…anything!

(even spam musubis ^_^)

It’s the closest thing we have in Hawai’i to the basements of Tokyo deparment stores, and pretty spectacular…you won’t often find anything like this on the mainland.

Sushi “bentos” like this average around $12 – not a bad deal.

Inari sushi stuffed with mochi rice

There was a sweet potato & apple pie demo the other day…

pretty cute, huh?

Post-sushi, pre-mochi cream, dessert!

I always end Shirokiya “meals” with a stop over at Honolulu Coffee Co. on the other side of Ala Moana.

Just a quality cup of coffee is all it takes to make me happy :)


1450 Ala Moana Blvd # 2250

Honolulu, HI 96814

(808) 973-9234

  • caroline
    June 30, 2008

    Gorgeous photos – looks delicious! I’ve read all of your recent Hawaii posts and I love them all! :)

  • JacquelineC
    June 30, 2008

    Wah. Makes me miss Hawaii. My first visit back after we moved was to visit my Grandma. She made cheese sandwiches on white bread for her American granddaughter. I came back from Shirokiya with a freshly grilled mackerel – still hot. We shared a laugh and a great lunch.

  • anonymous
    June 30, 2008

    i love shirokiya!! so much good food there to pick up. I don’t live in hawaii either so I always pick up the shrimp tempura roll for the plane ride. So ono!!

  • K & S
    June 30, 2008

    I love a great cup of coffee :)

  • anonymous
    June 30, 2008

    I also really enjoy eating at Shirokiya! The last time I was there I finally tried those mochicreams. The green tea one was pretty good. :)

  • Darien
    June 30, 2008

    homesick!! hope you’re feeling better.

  • SicklyBug & Cassaendra
    June 30, 2008

    Hi Kathy!I swear Shirokiya will be the death of me. I used to eat there all the time when I lived in Waikiki. These days when I visit home, I stop by at least once to eat a bento, even though I’m stuffed having had breakfast, brunch, and lunch with family earlier in the day, and then plan on eating dinner and going out late night to eat more food with friends! *belly ache*Those mochi creams look good! The only ones we get around here are the fruity ones like strawberry, orange, etc. They’ve been sold around here for 5-6 years, but nowhere near the variety that you have shown! *envy* Maybe returning to NY is a good thing! ;)- Cassaendra

  • Ashley
    June 30, 2008

    Beautiful photos! I love going to Shirokiya! Its the closest thing in Hawaii to being in Japan. I just visited Japan, and I went to Shirokiya yesterday… it brought back great memories of shopping in the department store basements! The Mochi Creams are so yummy and your photos make me want one right now!

  • anonymous
    June 30, 2008

    Kathy, I missed the ice cream stand on my last visit home! I can’t believe it! I LOVE Shirokiya, and I wish I had someone who knew Japanese food to go through there with me and explain it all!

  • anonymous
    June 30, 2008

    Hope ya feel better today!Man, Hawaii looks like it rivals New York as a city with tasty goods. Maybe one of these days I have to make a trip over there. :)

  • anonymous
    June 30, 2008

    Hi Kathy!You do an awesome job with all your eloquently described posts! But I’m a bit disappointed! You forgot to get some of the best acai bowls on your visit! I’ll be sure to remind you next time :].Eat up!Lauren

  • KirkK
    July 1, 2008

    Hi Kathy – Another regular stop back-home! I think the heat is getting to me too.

  • Debinhawaii
    July 1, 2008

    I guess I haven’t been to Shirokiya in awhile–I had no idea the mochi stand was there. I am going to go this week! I am a big fan of your blog both the Hawaii and New York posts.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 1, 2008

    Hey Caroline!heheh, thank you! :)Hey Jacqueline!hahah, loved that story! oh man, yeah, when you get the grilled fish at shirokiya still hot – sooo tasty! :)Hey Island Girl!OOo I love the shrimp tempura roll! Sometimes I get two of those, and two azuki bean taiyaki’s for a meal :)Hey Kat!Nothing like coffee first thing in the morning, an afternoon treat, or to end the day! ^_^Hey Lori!Didn’t get to try the green tea ones this time – so many choices…I wish I could have one bit of everything ^_^Darien!thanks! i think its more the heat than anything else…makes you so sluggish. the salty cookies this weekend were so delicious! ^_^Hey Cassaendra!Quote of the week: “I swear Shirokiya will be the death of me”…that kept me laughing for a solid 10 minutes, lol. The irony is simply in how true that fact just may be!Hey Ashley!Ahhh I wish there was a Shirokiya in NYC – that’s definitely one of the places I miss most in Hawai’i. While Shirokiya doesn’t comes close to rivaling Tokyo dept store basements, it’s just perfect in Hawai’i ^_^Hey Madam Chow!Awww man, you need to go next time you’re back home! The only way I learn about all the foods at Shirokiya is just by looking and eating – no better way to learn than to taste it for yourself, heheh ^_^Danny!I’d say Hawai’i plays a pretty good rival, foodwise to NYC – our options are not as plenty, but there’s so much delicious regional food that you can’t find any where else in the world. NYC represents so many cultures in the world of food, but unusually enough, no one has been able to replicate Hawai’i elsewhere! :) A trip is necessary! Hey Lauren!So much food, not enough time – I shall make a return trip soon enough ^_^Hey Kirk!I wish the mainland had tradewinds ^_^Hey Deb!Thanks for the compliments! I only knew about the mochi creams cos my mom’s obsessed with them! hehe :)

  • anonymous
    July 2, 2008

    Oh man Kathy! I totally want to visit hawaii now!! :) how gorgeous.

  • "Steven" Lee
    October 10, 2008

    love your fact, i’m going to go tomorrow and enjoy those mochi creams : )

  • kumichan83
    November 20, 2008

    Man…. that looks really good. I wish I lived in Hawaii. No wonder why Japanese ppl. love Hawaii so much. You can still get good Japanese food and it’s a paradise.

  • anonymous
    December 9, 2008

    I work directly across from Shirokiya, staring straight at the mochi creams whenever I go outside on my break. I usually pick up a bento for dinner at work, and I can pretty much get something different every day! It rules!

  • anonymous
    December 12, 2008

    Mitsuwa in Edgewater, NJ has a nice Shirokiya, plus much more. Best Japanese supermarket on the mainland!

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