From Japan To HawaiiA La Carte Columns
July 3, 2016
Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
At Kozo Sushi, you’ll find a large assortment of nigiri, hosomaki, makimono and hand rolls, as well as a variety of non-sushi dishes, such as bentos, poke bowls, rice bowls, udon, soba and more.
Founded in 1972 in Japan, the Hawaii Kozo Sushi restaurants are locally owned and operated with many locations throughout Oahu, including Moiliili, Keeaumoku, Kahala Mall, Pearl City and Pearl-ridge. Customers can enjoy a unique menu of traditional sushi, along with original creations and some island-inspired items. The company prides itself on using the best ingredients available, resulting in fresh and tasty sushi in a convenient takeout setting.
“It’s a place where you can get good sushi at a good price, and good service,” says Madoka Osugi, assistant manager at the Moiliili location. “Also, we have our own sushi vinegar that comes from Japan, and we don’t use MSG in our vinegar, so I think our rice is really good. A lot of people compliment our rice.”
Among the best-sellers are Dynamite Maki, Tsunami Maki and the Teriyaki Chicken plate. There also is a party-platter menu that is especially popular for pot-lucks and parties.
NEWCOMERS TO KOZO’S MENU
Kozo Sushi recently added a new dish to its menu: Sweet Chili Chicken Plate ($8.99). It features a half-pound of deep-fried chicken in a homemade sweet chili, hot-and-sour sauce topped with sesame seeds and green onions, and served with furikake rice, tossed salad and two pieces of shinko (pickled radish) maki.
As for its longtime favorites, assistant manager Madoka Osugi recommends Ebi Fry Plate ($7.99), consisting of fried breaded shrimp drizzled with homemade katsu and teriyaki sauces, and served with rice with shredded nori, one piece cone sushi, two pieces shinko maki and tossed salad.
2334 S. King St., Moiliili (And Various Other Locations: Kahala, Keeaumoku, Pearlridge, Pearl City)
Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.