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November 20 - 26, 2011

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It’s all in the sauce. Fresh Catch in Kaimuki and Kaneohe is known for its tatsy poke, seafood, meats and plate lunches, and now you also can make dishes like owner/chef Reno Henriques with the help of his new Fresh Catch Hawaii bottled sauces.

  • FC Sauces co-owners Reno Henriques and Ona Souza
  • Soybeans ($5.99), Shoyu Ahi Poke ($12.99), Spicy Ahi Poke ($12.99) and Furikake Salmon Poke ($13.99)
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In response to numerous requests from customers, Fresh Catch started offering the bottled sauces about seven months ago with the first delivery to Longs Drugs store. It sold out quickly, as did the second shipment. So, it’s no surprise that in such a short time, the selection has grown to eight different types of sauces, and in addition to Longs, the list of retailers carrying it includes Times, Foodland, Walgreens and Tamura’s. Also, just in time for the holidays, a special four-bottle gift pack is available at Fresh Catch, a three-bottle gift pack at Sam’s Club, and soon-to-be available in Costco as well.

Sauces available are Chef Reno’s Hawaiian Asian Blend, Saute Sauce & Spread, Smokin’ Hawaiian BBQ Sauce, Spicy Hawaiian, Original Savory Sauce, Black Magic, Tasty Poke Marinade and Creamy Salad Dressing.

“We have so many different flavors and it’s simple — everything is in the sauce,” says Henriques, who co-owns FC Sauces with brother-in-law Ona Souza. “You can cook with it or use it as a dipping sauce for already cooked foods, sandwiches, baked fish, fried foods and more. It’s a good gift for Christmas, especially for people on the Mainland because you can’t buy poke on the Mainland, so you buy the poke sauce and all they need is the fish.”

At Fresh Catch, the popular Shoyu Ahi Poke, which is the store’s No. 1 seller, is made with the Tasty Poke Marinade. To make it at home, all you need to do is buy the ahi, cut it into cubes, add round onion and green onion (optional) and mix in the sauce. “All the hard work is in the bottle,” says Henriques. “For our Spicy Ahi Poke, we use the Spicy Hawaiian sauce, for the Soybeans it’s the Hawaiian Asian Blend sauce and on our Salmon Poke it’s the Black Magic sauce. Our poke sauces are very unique because they have their own flavors. For the Spicy Hawaiian, we use fresh Hawaiian chili peppers where most people use Sriracha. And our Original Savory Sauce is used on the Ahi Katsu ($10.25), but we also put it on our Teri Furikake Baked Salmon ($10.50) and Crab Stuffed Ahi Roll ($11.50). It’s that teri-mayonnaise flavor and everybody loves mayonnaise. We also have a new Doritos Salad ($3.25) that’s made with the Creamy Salad Dressing.”

The sauces are $5.99 per bottle at Fresh Catch (prices vary at supermarkets). The special four-bottle Dipping Sauce Gift Pack or Poke Sauce Gift Pack available only at Fresh Catch is $25 (on sale for $20 from now through the end of the year).

Fresh Catch

  • Where
    • 3109 Waialae Ave.
    • Honolulu, HI 96816
  • Call
    • (808) 735-7653
  • Where
    • 45-1118 Kamehameha Hwy.
    • Kaneohe, HI 96744
  • Call
    • (808) 235-7653
  • Hours
    • Monday-Friday
    • 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday
    • 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday
    • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.