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Comfort Eats: Corned Beef Hash Patties from Local Okazuyas

Coping with crisis through pillowy patties.


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This year St. Patrick’s Day came and went without the usual fanfare, but that didn’t stop hash hoarder and senior fashion editor Stacey Makiya from hunting down her favorite local comfort food for our sister site Frolic Hawai‘i. We’ve updated the list below with who’s still selling.


 

I gave up meat this year, which wasn’t bad for me since my usual diet is often compared to rabbit food. However, I have a kryptonite—corned beef hash patties. The smell alone makes me weak at the knees and drool instantly. Only one other thing has this effect on me: Penn Badgley.

 

The pantry staple was the main event at a lot of my birthday and Valentine’s Day dinners. Not one but three ex-boyfriends have made me heart-shaped corned beef hash patties. Honestly, I may have loved the meals more than the boys who made them.

 

These days, I need my favorite comfort food to feed my soul. And a fresh batch of crispy on the outside, pillowy on the inside, full of meat, homemade hash patties served with warm white rice and a dollop of ketchup was the big hug I needed. My plate is usually licked clean within minutes, but this time I decided to savor each bite. Taking a moment to appreciate the small things is something I’m relearning to do.

 

And thankfully, plenty of my favorite okazuyas remain open. Gulick is known for over-sizing, and over-flavoring, everything. Its patties are no exception and one could feed me for two days. Fukuya’s puck-size version reminds me of how my grandma used to make it: a little more potato than meat with a perfect sear on the outside. But my ultimate favorite is Zippy’s rendition. Zippy’s forgoes the can, uses fresh meat and the perfect savory, fatty, crispy edges are, I’m assuming, a result of time spent on a flattop grill. Hold on while I wipe my drool.

 

As I head into the third month of self-quarantining, I’m tempted to brave the broken world and race around to all the okazuyas and start hoarding hash patties. And, because we’re trying to spread kindness (and not germs!), I’ll share which ones are open now:

 

  • Nu‘uanu: Mon to Sat 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Fukuya: Wed to Sun 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. (sometimes closes earlier when sold out)

  • Mitsuken: Wed to Sat 7 a.m. to noon

  • Gulick: Mon to Fri 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Mitsuba: No answer

  • Kabuki: Daily from 5:30 a.m. - 1(ish) p.m.

  • Matsumoto’s: Daily 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Sekiya’s: Mon to Thurs 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri to Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Masa & Joyce: Mon, Wed, Thu 6 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fri and Sat 6 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Closed Tuesdays

  • Zippy’s: 15 Zippy’s locations are still open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. For locations, visit zippys.com

 

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