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By Alana Folen Photos By Leah Friel
December 30, 2012

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Oxtail Soup ($11.95 small, $13.95 regular, $22.95 extra-large)

Oxtail Soup ($11.95 small, $13.95 regular, $22.95 extra-large)

Asahi Grill on Ward Avenue aspires to be your top choice when it comes to local, island-style fare. Pay a visit to the eatery on any given day and you’ll notice that the restaurant is always packed with kamaaina and visitors alike who come hungry — and for good reason. Asahi Grill’s Oxtail Soup has received rave reviews from diners, and Teriyaki Pork Chops ($9.75) top the list as well.

“Our Teriyaki Pork Chops are delicious and marinated in a special teriyaki sauce and topped with green onions, and served with two scoops of rice and your choice of mac or tossed salad,” says restaurant manager Victoria Sayno.

“But our Oxtail Soup has been our best-seller since the days of Kapiolani Coffee Shop, and then we brought it to Asahi Grill.”

Priced at $11.95 for a small bowl, $13.95 for a regular bowl and $22.95 for an extra-large bowl, Asahi Grill’s Oxtail Soup is made from an original Chinese recipe. According to Sayno, the soup is made fresh daily.

Teriyaki Pork Chops ($9.75)

Teriyaki Pork Chops ($9.75)

“We boil our oxtail for two to three hours in a clear broth with Chinese herbs — the meat just falls off the bone. The soup is garnished with Chinese parsley and green onion,” she says, adding that a side of rice (white/brown or fried rice) and grated ginger complete the meal.

For the ultimate oxtail experience, add a splash of shoyu to the ginger or Sriracha sauce to the soup to really warm you up during the winter months.

“I say we sell about 80 orders of Oxtail Soup on a daily basis,” Sayno notes.

Asahi Grill is your one-stop shop when comfort food served with a smile is just what you need.

Asahi Grill

515 Ward Ave., Honolulu
593.2800
Sunday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m