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    The Wedding Cafe, Manoa

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    Zaney's, Downtown Honolulu
    Bob's Bar-B-Que, Kalihi
    Restaurant Yamagen, Moili'ili

    Below you will find a never ending list of restaurants that I want to visit or re-visit:

    Momomo
    Young's Fish Market
    Alan Wong's Pineapple Room
    Mediterraneo
    Cafe Sistina
    Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
    Gyu-Kaku
    Yakiniku Toraji
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    Ono Hawaiian Foods
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    The following posts should be completed someday (!):

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    Pink's
    Carney's
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    Border Grill
    Penang Malaysian
    Chez Panisse
    Shalimar
    Zuni Cafe
    Limon
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    Happy Inn
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    Fritz's European Bakery
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    Hata Restaurant
    Ebisu Catering Service
    Bubba Burgers
    The Eggberts
    Blossoming Lotus
    Hamura Saimin Stand
    Bob's Big Boy

    WHEW! I hope to have them done by year's end!

    Upcoming adventures

    2008:
    San Francisco, CA
    2/14-2/18

    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    5/23-6/01

    London, UK
    11/21-24
    Paris, France
    11/24-27
    Chicago, IL
    11/27-30
    Seoul, South Korea
    I won't be able to visit Korea this year.
    2009:
    San Francisco, CA
    New Orleans, LA
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Shanghai, China
    Singapore

    Hopefully, some of you can provide me with recommendations for some good eats!

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Renee

wow, how fascinating! I've always wondered what "local" hawaiian food was like. thanks for the post : )

Reid

Renee,

Thanks. I'll be posting more soon! It's pretty much the kind of food you'd get if you went to a luau only I think home cooked, or the food from certain restaurants, is much better. I'll be posting more in a couple of weeks if not sooner!

pinkcocoa

hi Reid
wow. Hawaii has really interesting-looking food. Is the taro that you mentioned in poi the same with the "taro" in japanese?
hehe. The squid luau did send off negative message on first sight. It looks to me like a mixture of green curry and pureed spinach :p were you put off by the sight the first time you tried it?

Reid

Hi PinkCocoa,

I'm really not sure if it's the same taro that Japanese people use. I'll have to check up on that. The squid luau is actually something like frozen spinach (but more like collard greens) that have been cooked for a long time. It also has coconut milk in it. Actually, upon first sight, it looks kind of disgusting and a lot like baby food!

FatMan Seoul

Very interesting .... looks can be deceiving. I'm sure the poi and squid luau taste better than they look.

Hawaiians are famous for their BBQs too, no?

And taro = yam, yes?

Reid

Hi FatMan,

Well, poi is actually quite bland and tasteless, sort of like how rice is. The flavor is so subtle that you hardly notice it. Many Hawaiians that I know like to eat it when it gets sour, usually two or more days old. Some even like to eat it when mold starts to grow on top like scum (usually after about 4 or 5 days).

The squid luau is actually really good. It's squid and luau leaves (which is the leaf from a taro plant) which are cooked in coconut milk until tender. Plain cooked luau leaves taste a bit like spinach.

I don't believe that taro is the same thing as a yam. It is a tuber related to the Japanese araimo (dasheen), or bun long (Chinese taro).

As far as barbecues go, I don't think that Hawaiians are that well known for it. If you're talking about traditional Hawaiian cooking most of it was done in an imu (an earthen pit filled with hot lava rocks/coals).

pinkcocoa

okie. i gotta try this squid luau if ever i go to Hawaii. ;-) but i am not so sure about eating mouldy poi. i never know we can eat mouldy food and not feel sick. have you tried the mouldy version? sour version reminds me of yogurt. Hawaiian food looks really interesting. i wonder if there's any hawaiian restaurants in sydney.

i agree with fatman: looks can be deceiving. smells can be deceiving too. think durian and smelly tofu. it's yummmm to those who know how to enjoy them. ;-)

FatMan Seoul

Ya ya ... imu BBQ. Watched it on Discovery Travel Channel.

pinkcocoa, yeah .... durian and petai (smelly beans) in South East Asia, smelly tofu in HK, nato in Japan, mouldy cheese in Europe, all exquisite to some but nasty to others. :)

Reid

Hi pinkcocoa,

No, I can't bring myself to eat poi that's more than a day old. By then, it's already become just a tad bit sour. Look certainly are deceiving when it comes to food!

Hey FatMan,

I agree with what you said about natto and the like. There are just some things that take getting used to.

Never had fresh durian, but I'm looking forward to it.

twobacas

was in hawaii last week and planning to eat at sugoi but was closed so we ended up at young's fish market for lunch. have not seen a writeup on the place. very ono

Reid

Hi twobacas,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I haven't had a chance to do a write up on Young's Fishmarket yet, but I will do so sometime this week. I'm having it for lunch on Monday (I think).

ponyboyPDX

went to maui for 10 days, went to old lahaina traditional luau on the 4th night, i heard really great things about this particular luau, and i went in with total open heart, i made a deal with myself to try everything, so glad i did. it was really fantastic, i tried everything from poi to lomi salmon, i even tried the ahi sushi, a total first for me. amazingly, all the food was so good, especially the kalau pork, which was cooked in an underground oven and is so tasty and so tender. after that first taste, it had this fat man still craving, all i could do was chase the taste. that's right, chase for that taste, for the rest of the trip. i found the fanastic pork dish again on the 7th day at da kitchen, i ordered the kalau pork and was once again completely satiated, i went back again the next day for another fix, but found that the place closed early on saturdays at 3pm, and was also closed on sundays, so sad. i did find the pork dish again once more before leaving on sunday, this time i had the good fortune to think ahead, and order one more portion to go for the plane trip home. i know this sounds like a lot of pork . honestly i'm not usually such a big fan of pork. generally, i eat pork about twice a month, usually in the form of bacon, or canadian ham. but, there was somaething just so good about the kalau pork, that i'm still thinking about it my 6th day back. now i'm looking for local hawiian style restaurants here in portland, oregon. okay, enuf. so yeah, try new things, it can be a real eye opener.

Reid

Hi ponyboyPDX,

Welcome to the blog!

Sounds like you had quite a time when you were here. I'm glad you got to go to a Hawaiian luau and I'm really glad you liked the food. I love kalua pig too, but I don't really eat it too often as I can only make it in really large amounts.

J. Elizabeth

Winna kau kau!!!!!!!!

ELLIOTT LONO

HELENAS HAWAIIAN FOOD IS THE NUMBER 1 PLACE TO EAT LOCAL GRINDS, COMPARED TO ALL THE HAWAIIAN FOOD RESTAURANTS THIS 1 LEADS THE PACK, I SWARE TO MYSELF AND ANYONE ELSE I WILL NEVER EAT AT ANY OTHER HAWAIIAN FOOD RESTAURANT BESIDES HELENAS ALTHOUGH, THEY ARE CLOSED ON MONDAYS AND I HAVE THE CRAVINGS FOR IT I WILL SACRIFICE THE WAIT AND GO ON TUESDAY. AS OF RIGHT NOW WE GO THERE EVERY OTHER FRIDAYS AND SOMETIMES EVEN IN BETWEENS. THE SERVICE IS THE BEST AND THE TIME IT TAKE FOR YOU TO ENTER THE DOOR YOU CAN BE DONE IN NO TIME, GUARANTEED TO WALK OUT WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE, AND AN OPU (STOMACH) THAT IS SO SATISFYING WITH FULLNESS I PROMISE ONCE YOU TASTE HELENAS I KNOW FOR SURE YOU WILL NEVER GO TO ANY OTHER PLACE TO EAT HAWAIIAN FOOD....

Ernie

My family and I are planning to visit Oahu early next year and we have seen Helena’s Hawaiian Food on Food Network. Good stuff! We're planning to visit them and try their menus. As for now, I was just wondering if you know the recipe of their Boiled Butterfish Sauce because I would like to try it with boiled fresh Cod Fish here in Canada. Thanks for featuring Helena’s!

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