Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hawaii Restaurants~Imanas Tei

*This is the beginning of all my Hawaii restaurant posts. *

Alan from Makiki suggested that I try the nabe at Imanas Tei. Mike and I visited this place with his aunty. Mike and I shared the two-person chanko nabe pot.

When our dishes came out, Mike and I both eyed out his aunty’s ahi belly. Oh it looked so flavorful and we were both regretting ordering the nabe. But then our nabe came out and was loaded with seafood, vegetables, and everything else. Look at all the seafood! There was crab legs in this nabe.
Here are the main differences I noticed between the Ichiriki’s and Imanas Tei nabes:

*The broth is spicy and more flavorful. We haven’t tried all the broths at Ichiriki, but take our advice and order the spicy broth (Kei's Pirikara) with the original nabe ingredients. See our previous post about Ichiriki.

*You have a choice between udon or saimin noodles for the leftover broth.

Imanas Tei
*A bland broth which made us feel like we were primarily using the broth to cook the raw ingredients rather than a complimentary soup.

*King Crab, Korean rice cake (duk) are included in the ingredients When the broth is left, you have the choice of noodles, or a scrambled egg to be cooked in the remaining broth. Mike's aunty really enjoyed the egg and broth.

So all in all, both are excellent restaurants with great service, but Mike and I both agreed that the broth tastes much better at Ichiriki, so we’d prefer to eat the chanko nabe at Imanas Tei. But Mike and I will definitely back to Imanas Tei to order other dishes off their menu!

Imanas Tei
2626 S King St
Honolulu, HI 96826

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