Hello, Barbecue SeasonA La Carte Columns
April 30, 2017
Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
As the summer months approach, J-Shop reminds patrons, to start thinking about the phrase “dining out” in a different way.
“We wanted to give it a little twist to the meaning ‘dining out’ and literally take (food) outside of your home to cook,” J-Shop chef Toru Mitake says.
And the Japanese grocery store, which also has a bento eatery, has all the meat you need for your next barbecue.
J-Shop is stocked with wagyu beef, from Shizuoka and Nagasaki in Japan, in a range of cuts. You can find, for instance, selections that include Brisket Yakiniku (prices vary based on weight; packaging pictured here ranges from about $6 to $7) and Boneless Kalbi (prices vary based on weight; packaging pictured here ranges from about $12 to $15).
“Brisket is generally a tough meat, but Japanese wagyu brisket is really soft,” explains Mitake.
“Kalbi is very flavorful,” he adds. “There’s a very mild, almost sweet taste to the meat.”
Some of J-Shop’s most prized take-home meat offerings include Ribeye (prices vary based on weight; packaging pictured here ranges from about $18 to $21) and Sirloin Steak (prices vary based on weight; packaging pictured is about $60). The Ribeye cut, J-Shop chef Toru Mitake explains, is one of the business’ top sellers. This week, starting tomorrow, J-Shop is offering 20 percent off on all of its wagyu beef selections.
1513 Young St., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sundays