This week on Dining on a Dime: Hawaii, host Lucas Peterson continues his exploration of Oahu’s culinary scene with dollar beers and a veritable feast of Japanese street food, all under the same roof. The Shirokiya Japan Village Walk in the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu is the sprawling home to nearly three dozen food and drink vendors, offering everything from umeboshi onigiri to Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (a grilled cabbage pancake dish layered with pork, egg, and yakisoba noodles).
Originally debuting on Oahu as a department store in the 1950s (though the brand has existed in Japan since the 1600s), Shirokiya moved locations and reopened as a 40,000-square-foot, multimillion-dollar food hall in the summer of 2016. Peterson strolls the bustling walkways gathering the most enticing plates from each stall, and ends up with a table full of fried, grilled, seaweed-studded, and bonito-topped dishes. True to the series name, everything is inexpensive — not to mention quick out of the kitchen.