B is from Hilo, on the Big Island, and a bunch of his friends are from there also. So whenever one of them would come back, they would bring back little boxes full of the biggest, best, and tastiest Strawberry Mochi I’ve ever seen. Seriously, as they put it, “It’s broke da mouth” (so good, your mouth is broken). After many inquiries, I discovered that this wonderful treat is from Two Ladies Kitchen.
For those of you who have never had it, Strawberry Mochi is basically a huge, ripe strawberry covered in sweet azuki paste inside of mochi pocket. Almost like a manapua but sweet! I know they have some on Oahu but Two Ladies Kitchen’s mochi was the first (and best) I’ve ever had.
Here’s what it looks like on the inside:
Sometimes if I’m lucky, B‘s mom brings some with her if she visits. It’s awesome and I’m super thankful! One of the newer things that Two Ladies Kitchen has been doing is making Grape Mochi. It’s exactly the same thing as the strawberry (I don’t remember if there is azuki paste). It’s a different yet still refreshing taste.
So, if any of you are ever in Hilo Town, make sure to pay Two Ladies Kitchen a visit! I promise you won’t forget it. If you plan on taking some home for omiyage, I would recommend calling ahead to place an order. Oh, and be careful when placing orders near Japanese celebration days (Girl’s Day, New Year’s, Obon Season, and Christmas also) because this place can get SUPER busy.
Two Ladies Kitchen
274 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii
Wed – Sat: 10AM – 5PM