Epic Kaukau Time Manapua

The 130plus0 creative team (@130plus0) reached out on Twitter to let us know about their new video, “Epic Kaukau Time: Manpua Man Manapua.” On its own, the video is a hoot, documenting the creation of a truly epic manapua. Measuring about two feet across, the crew estimates it at 12,311 calories.

But the real genius comes from the fact that the video is a pitch perfect parody of the “Epic Meal Time” show, a YouTube phenomenon that’s among the top 100 most subscribed shows in the country, and that gets over a million views for each of its videos (one hitting over 5 million views).

The “Epic Kaukau Time” video has certainly struck a nerve, garnering over 13,000 views since it was posted a week ago. It’s also earned mention in Eater NationalFoodbeast, and Serious Eats.

The 130plus0 creative team had posted only five other videos since launching their YouTube channel two years ago with “Monopoly.”

Another “Epic Meal Time” parody is “Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time,” which is already the fifth most subscribed YouTube channel in Sweden.

Nobu, Wakiya offer omakase celebration

Nobu Wakiya Omakase

Two of Japan’s elite chefs are headed to Honolulu, offering a week of superior dining featuring signature Japanese-Peruvian fare and Haute-Chinese cuisine. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is returning to his Hawaii flagship restaurant, Nobu Waikiki, with friend and acclaimed culinary master Chef Yuji Wakiya, from April 20–24, 2011.

On Thursday, April 21, 2011, chefs Nobu and Wakiya will partner with Halekulani’s executive chef, Vikram Garg, in the beneficiary culinary event, “For Japan,” which sold out in mere hours of its announcement. On Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, chefs Nobu and Wakiya will return to the kitchen of Nobu Waikiki to offer an exclusive collaborative omakase at $150 per person.

Chef cookbooks will also be available for purchase and personal autographs. Reservations strongly recommended at (808) 237-6999 or at Open Table.

The Nobu and Wakiya “Collaboration Omakase” features:

First Course (“Spring Flavor Trio”)

  • Vegetable and New Zealand King Salmon Harumaki
  • Vegetable-flavored Chicken with Matsubagushi
  • Endive with Tofu Dipping Sauce

Second Course (“Nobu Duo”)

  • Lightly Seared Sagoshi (Baby Spanish Mackerel) with Micro Mizuna & Matsuhisa Dressing
  • Daikon-wrapped Tai with Uni and Ponzu Gelee with Caviar

Third Course:

  • Braised Big Island Abalone and White Asparagus, Harmony of Green Sansho and Yuba

Fourth Course:

  • Sautéed Hawaiian Whitefish, Baby Spinach Salad with Dry Miso and Ginan Sauce

Fifth Course:

  • Lotus Leaf-wrapped Wagyu Beef Tenderloin with Yuzu Miso

Sixth Course:

  • Sushi & Miso Soup

Dessert Courses:

  • Hokusetsu Sake Kasu with Fruit Pudding
  • Espresso Brulee Ice Cream, Lilikoi Foam, Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Salt

Cocktails from the East ($12 each)
Designed by Dave Newman, Nobu Waikiki Bar Manager

  • ‘Sado Blossom’ – Nobu sorbet with Nobu Soju, hibiscus-infused simple syrup, yuzu juice shisho leaf and mint.
  • ‘British Raj’ – Bombay sapphire gin, kafir limeade juice, topped with sweet curry and apricot infusion.
  • ‘Forbidden City’ – Hanger One Mandarin vodka, Chinese black tea, ginseng and touch of simple syrup

Follow Nobu Waikiki happenings on Twitter at @NobuWaikiki or on Facebook.