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Chef Roger Mooking recently traveled to the United States and Jamaica, and returned with tons of photos and stories about the incredible food culture. We hope you’ll be inspired to explore different cuisines and exotic ingredients this summer. We’ll be publishing a new post every Thursday over the summer, so stay tuned and enjoy Roger’s seventh post below! Make sure to also check out Roger’s latest solo album, Feedback, available on iTunes.

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When it comes to seafood, the only rule is that it must be fresh. Well, it doesn’t get any fresher than Romy’s on the North Shore of Oahu.  When they boast of farm-raised prawns and shrimp, they aren’t talking about buying fresh seafood from a farm and serving it at some point in the near future. Romy’s is the farm AND the restaurant, on the side of the highway near a world-famous surfing location called Pipeline.

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The farm is just behind the walk-up storefront, and by behind, I’m talking a generous 50 meters at best. All of the seafood is farmed on the spot, trapped and walked over to the kitchen steps from the pond. There are also selections of sauces that come with your order if you like a little extra flavour.

Fresh seafood is sold to order by the half or full-pound and is prepared very simply: either stir-fried with garlic, or steamed to perfection and accompanied with rice. There are also a couple of side dishes like steamed corn and fried rice. I ordered the corn along with my pound of prawns and chili soy Sauce.  It was spectacularly clean, simple and fresh.  I will definitely be back someday.

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