Celebrate Natto Day with 21 New Natto Takeout Dishes Around Honolulu
From Kalihi to Kāhala to Kāne‘ohe, a record 12 eateries will prepare one-day-only natto creations featuring Japan’s famously slimy bean on Saturday, July 9.
Natto again! Yes, Honolulu, the one day a year when natto lovers unite in open celebration of Japan’s much-maligned fermented bean is upon us. Across the city on Saturday, July 9, 12 eateries will prepare and sell natto takeout dishes specially created for this day. Among them are three newcomers to this annual tradition: Got’z Grindz musubi and snack shop in Kāne‘ohe, elevated local brunch spot Nami Kaze in Iwilei, and The Curb in Kaimukī, debuting with natto desserts.
Natto aficionados will be quick to note that we’re off by a day because officially, Natto Day is July 10 (in Japanese, na means 7 and tō means 10). We’re celebrating a day early simply because many eateries are closed on Sundays.
Devotees who’ve followed the Natto Day celebrations that we started 11 years ago will realize that this is the first year the stinky bean is being celebrated on the Windward side. Most of the time, we’ve organized all-natto dine-in feasts at restaurants including Pig & The Lady, Ethel’s Grill, Zigu and Tokkuri Tei. We launched the broader takeout format two years ago to spread the slime among more eateries, with diehards trekking to all the restaurants on Natto Day. In most cases you just show up and place your order. At Okim’s and Kapa Hale you have the option of dine-in or takeout; Feast and The Curb have counter service with tables; and for Nami Kaze you’ll need to pre-order. Find all details in the gallery below.
Shoutout as always to my Natto Takeout Dine-Around co-organizers, Greg Sekiya and Scott Pang. Now scroll on for a look at the slimy delicacies that await, and get your chopsticks ready for July 9.
Dell’s Kitchen & Bakery
Natto Omurice, $14
Soft, gooey natto omelet with bacon, jako and takana over natto fried rice; served with kabayaki sauce, green onion, shredded nori, side potato salad, cabbage salad and pickles.
Natto 4 Ways, $8 each
- Boursin Pesto Natto
- Shoyu Sugar Saba Tsukudani Natto
- Ginger Scallion Natto
- Yuzu Ume Hijiki Natto
Takeout only. Open July 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 232 Kalihi St., (808) 847-6467, @ethelsgrill_kalihi
Feast by Jon Matsubara
Natto Tartine, $17
Japanese hamachi, pickled wasabi, Feast chickpea natto and garlic toast.
Natto Don, $7.95
with cured egg yolk, egg whites, ham, green onions, mayo.
Cheesy Natto Senbei, $3.95
Grilled mix cheese crisps with bacon and natto.
Takeout only. Open July 9 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., 45-726 Kamehameha Hwy, (808) 234-0818, @gotzgrindz
Why Natto? $12
Miso Chiizu Natto Yaki, Ho Farms eggplant dengaku.
Made by Aliyoko
with natto caramel mascarpone sabayon, Guinness chiffon, mocha natto crunchies.
Guava Natto White Chocolate Chip Cookies, $6 for 3
Azuki Natto Sando Cookies, $6 for 3
aka matcha natto shortbread filled with sweet red beans made from scratch.
Takeout only. Popping up at Ethel’s Grill, open July 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 232 Kalihi St., (808) 847-6467, @madebyaliyoko
Spicy ‘Ahi Natto Bowl, $13
Fresh spicy ‘ahi poke mixed with natto and takuan over sushi rice.
Takeout only. Open July 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1481 S. King St., (808) 260-4109, @mamakimshawaii
Natto Lasagna, $15.50
with house-made fresh pasta, bolognese sauce, pesto genovese natto mix, natto cheesy sauce, eggplant, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
Natto ‘Ahi Zuke Bakudan, $21
with yamaimo, sizzle ginger, egg yolk jam, kizame nori, sushi rice.
Okim’s Korean Kitchen
Natto Kim Chee Pancake, $17.95
filled with natto, scallops, house-made kim chee and side of house-made pickles.
Natto Rice Krispies Treat, $5
with caramelized sesame white chocolate.
Kinako Stroopwafel, $6
with natto and shoyu kuromitsu caramel.
Takeout and dine-in. Open July 9 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3408 Wai‘alae Ave. Suite 103, @kaimukistoreroom
Local Tako Wasa & Aloha Tofu Natto , $12.5
Locally caught octopus, Big Island myoga, Aloha Tofu Natto
Mix Poke Natchos, $16
Locally caught poke, Hawaiian Taro Chips, Aloha Tofu Natto
Natto Sesame Tantan Soba Noodle, $17.5
Local vegetables, Big Island citrus sudachi, Aloha Tofu Natto sauce
Regular natto menu items including Local Power Natto ‘Ahi Poke and Chilled Natto Soba Noodles will also be available.