Mana Bu’s brings a welcome healthy twist to an island and personal favorite, Musubi. Monday thru Friday they open at the crack of dawn(6:30am) to start preparing different kinds of rice balls (musubi) and a small assortment of okazu ( veggie side dishes). Twelve varieties are made in the first round with white rice and classic ingredients like kombu (sea vegetable) and ume (pickled plum). The owner is from Japan and only indulges the Hawaiian yen for Spam musubi with a “Lite” version because he believes in real, whole food ingredients.
At 7:30am, Mana Bu’s starts to offer the brown rice and 10-grain musubis. There will soon be 29 different varieties to choose from! Fresh, high quality ingredients are featured on a little card displaying the origin of each ingredient used to prepare the food.
Weekdays at 8:00am, the full assortment of 35 kinds of musubi ( including organic rice), veggie okazu and desserts are ready. On Saturdays, they open at 9:00am and everything is available at that time. But get there early, weekday or weekend! There is a line before the store opens and since people buy at least a dozen or more at a time, they sell out quick. Closing time is 1:00pm but your favorites will be long gone before that.
Veggie Okazu and dessert offerings: green bean salad, gobo, broccoli corn salad and strawberry mochi
I tried the hijiki, ume, kombu, veggie curry, 10 grain and they were all oishii! If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be the veggie curry…with the hijiki as a close second. Musubi are great to take along on picnics, to the beach, on airplanes because they don’t require refrigeration ,rice fills you up and they’re cheap – $1.40-$1.70 each. Paired with a side veggie and a beverage, it’s the perfect take along meal.
1618 S.King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
ph: (808) 358-0287
Mon-Fri 6:30a-1:00p/ Sat 9:00a-1:00p/CLOSED Sun,Holidays except for special orders
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