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New shabu shabu spot opens in Niu Valley

THE DOCK HAS BEEN FIXED. Kelly: AND IT SMELLS SO GOOD IN STUDIO. TODAY IS FOODIE FRIDAY. WE’RE FEATURING A BRAND NEW EATERY AT NIU VALLEY CENTER. CAFE ASIA OPENS A FEW WEEKS AGO.

WE’RE LEARNING THE DETAILS FROM COREEN MURAOKA, GENERAL MANAGER, AND CHEF CHEN PAN. GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING. Kelly: SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU.

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW RESTAURANT. THANK YOU. Kelly: FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW, WHEN DID YOU EACH? ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO FOR SOFT OPENING. WE’VE BEEN GRAND OPENED FOR ABOUT A WEEK.

Kelly: WHAT IS CAFE ASIA. A NEW RESTAURANT THAT OPENED IN NIU VALLEY. WE FEATURE FUSION, SHALL BE SHALL SHABU SHABU. WE HAVE A KEIKI MENU, PAU HANA HAPPY HOUR AND SENIOR DISCOUNTS. Kelly: WONDERFUL.

AND CHEF IS COOKING SOMETHING DELICIOUS.

WHAT ARE WE MAKING TODAY? CHEF IS MAKING OUR GRILLED BAR BOURBON BEEF TONGUE. IT’S SEASONED WITH BOURBON WHISKEY. Kelly: WHAT DID WE PUT IN?

GARLIC, MUSHROOM, BUTTER. WHILE CHEF IS MAKING THIS, IT IS A BOURBON SHABU SHABU PLACE. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO OPEN WHERE YOU DID? THERE’S NO SHABU SHABU PLACE IN THE AREA. WE THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT CONCEPT TO BRING TO EAST HONOLULU.

Kelly: DEFINITELY. I DID GET A CHANCE TO TEST IT OUT. I WENT IN A COUPLE WEEKS AGO FOR DATE NIGHT. IT WAS AMAZING. I LOVE SHABU SHABU.

SHABU SHABU, YOU DO COOK AT YOUR OWN TABLE. YES. THE WAY WE HAVE IT SET UP IS WE GO THROUGH THREE STEPS. FIRST STEP IS YOU CHOOSE YOUR BROTH. AND WE HAVE A LIST OF ABOUT NINE BROTHS.

AND YOU GET TO CHOOSES YOUR PROTEIN. WE HAVE ORGANIC CHICKEN BREAST, BIRKSHIR PORK. AND YOU CHOOSE YOUR CARBS. YOU HAVE YOUR CHOICE BETWEEN WHITE RICE OR MULTIGRAIN RICE. UDON OR RAMEN.

Kelly: THAT SOUNDS INCREDIBLE. CHEF, YOU ADDED THE MEAT. YES. Kelly: BEAUTIFUL. IT’S PRETTY QUICK TO COOK IT YEAH.

Kelly: I HEAR I’M GOING TO BE COOKING SOMETHING. WE BROUGHT YOU SHABU SHABU TO TRY. Kelly: IF YOU COULD SMELL THIS, IT SMELLS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. WHAT ARE THE TWO ONES WE HAVE. THIS IS OUR SPICY CRAB BROTH.

AND BUTTER MISO. Kelly: DELICIOUS. AND CHEF IS PLATING THAT BEEF TONGUE. YES. Kelly: OKAY.

I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING, YOU GUYS. IF YOU HAVE NEVER HAD TONGUE, IT IS THE MOST SOFT MEAT.

I’M STOKED TO TRY THIS. IT SMELL SO GOOD. WHILE THAT’S GOING TO BE COOLING OFF, I WILL TAKE A BIGHTED OF BITE OF THAT.

New shabu shabu spot opens in Niu Valley

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE DOING HERE? WE WANT TO START OFF WITH THE VEGETABLES. THEY TAKE ONE TO TWO MINUTES. WE CAN ADD IN THE MEAT AND SEAFOOD. THIS IS OUR SURF AND TURF PLATTER.

Kelly: LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL THAT IS. WHAT IS ON THIS? II CAN DO IT. Kelly: OYSTERS.

IS THERE AN ORDER I SHOULD BE DOING THIS?

NO. Kelly: THAT’S GOOD. SALMON. LOOK AT THIS. YOU’RE DOING GREAT.

Kelly: I WENT FOR A DATE NIGHT. TOM AND I DID NOT KNOW WHAT WE WERE DOING. AND WE PUT EVERYTHING IN AT ONE TIME. WE WERE TOLD LATER WE DID NOT DO IT PROPERLY. THE BEST RULES IS YOU CAN PUT ALL IN ONE TIME.

MEAT, BECAUSE THIS IS HIGH QUALITY MEAT, IT TAKES LESSES THAN 30 SECONDS TO COOK. YOU DON’T WANT TO OVERCOOK IT. Kelly: AS THIS IS GOING FOR 30 SECONDS, I’LL PASS THIS OVER TO YOU. YOU CAN SWIRL IT AROUND. YES.

Kelly: WHEN DO YOU KNOW IT’S DONE? BECAUSE IT’S BEEF, YOU DON’T HAVE TO COOK IT WELL DONE.

Kelly: THIS COULD BE DONE. YES. Kelly: I DO LIKE IT SOFT.

I’LL GOING TO PUT IT HERE. BEAUTIFUL. AND WELL BE SCOOPING — YOU KNOW I LOVE MUSHROOMS SO MUCH. WHILE THIS IS COOLING DOWN, REMIND US WHERE WE CAN FIND YOU. WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?

CAFE ASIA. WE’RE IN THE NIU VALLEY CENTER. WE’RE HOPE DAILY FOUR LUNCH AND DINNER. WE OPEN AT 11:00 FOR LUNCH AND REOPEN AT 4:00 FOR DINNER. Kelly: WONDERFUL.

YOU GUYS, LOOK AT HOW AMAZING THIS IS. SUCH GREAT DEALS. NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE GREAT SHABU SHABU BUT YOU HAVE A LOT OF APPETIZERS. I’M GOING TO TAKE A QUICK SIP. FIRST I’M GOING TO TAKE A SIP.

MM. SO GOOD. SAVORY. MY GOODNESS.

I’M EXCITE TO TRY — I LOVE MISO ANYTHING.

THIS IS SO GOOD. IT’S A RICH AND CREAMY BROTH. Kelly: I KNOW I’M GOING TO LOVE THIS MEAT. WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE? THESE ARE SOME APPETIZERS.

THIS IS OUR SIDE STREET CLAMS. ONE POUND OF CLAMS COOKED IN BUTTER AND A BLACK BEAN SAUCE. WE HAVE OUR BEEF SUMMER ROLLS, BEEF, MUSHROOMS, ONIONS WRAPPED IN RICE PAPER. Kelly: CAFE ASIA, BRAND NEW RESTAURANT AT NIU VALLEY HE WENT IS. SUCH A GREAT ADDITION TO THE.

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