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« Live from Singapore! - Part 14 | Main | Yama's Fish Market »

February 26, 2005



You must be missing Singapore alot by now.. ???? hehehe!!! ;) Nothing like good ole singapore... for cheap and good food huh..?? hehe!! Just gotta tease you.. ;)


Welcome home!


Oh, NO! I spent all that time harassing you about loco moco and going to Like Like, and it ends up being junk! So sorry, Reid...but at least it's out of the way and you can move on in your quest for the ultimate loco moco. [sigh]Great....more photos to come.;-)


hey reid--i agree with you on the like like loco moco, that gravy ain't cuttin' it (and no cuttin' the gravy, come to think of it). i like going to like like mostly for nostalgic reasons and because they do goofy things like dump a pound of sherbet on a perfectly healthy fruit bowl.


Loco moco...what a catchy sounding dish. Pity that it wasn't so good. Nothing like SG for good and cheap food, Reid. :)



Welcome back...forget about Like Like and do a review on Kam Bowl...or as it's called Kapiolani Drive In. My katonk wife raves about their loco moco. M-m-m-m I'm fantasizing about the oxtail soup right now!


Hey Reid,
Too bad you didn't like the LikeLike experience! =/ Maybe you should've tried the fruit salad (the one that Santos seems to like too =D)!!


Hi MrsT,

Yes, I'm definitely missing Singapore right now. Especially the bak kut teh and the Teochew porridge. I'm going to have to start learning how to cook all of those dishes. I'm going to try and make some ngo hiang this weekend.

BTW...when do you plan on going to Singapore? I'm going back next January.

Hi rae,

Thank you. It's so nice to be home. There was a heatwave in Singapore when I was there.

Hi Moira,

Oh, it's not your fault. Besides, it was the first time that I ever had the loco moco at Like Like. If you hadn't suggested it, I may never have tried it.

Hi santos,

I heard about the sherbert. It's on a papaya right?

Hi Julia,

You're definitely right. Nothing like Singapore for some GOOD, CHEAP eats! I can't wait to go back. Hopefully the weather will be better.

Hi Clinton,

Hope you caught my post on Char Hung Sut. It was dedicated to you. If not, here's the link:

By the way, I did go to Kam Bowl a while back and had the oxtail soup. The post is here:

Next time I go, I'll have the loco moco there. Please thank your wife for the tip.

Hi foodpocket,

I don't know about the fruit salad.... =P


Loco Moco! What a cute name. For a second, I thought it's another of those cute/cool name of a new electronic gadgets or something!

The loco moco looks delicious in your photo though. I love anything with gravy. ;-) Pity it wasn't as good as it looks.

Reid, join the club here. I am missing Singapore/South East Asian food too! :p


OK Reid, it's time for a full confession.
My dad's side of the family is from Oahu, but my grandparents moved to the Bay Area in the '20's.
Dad and siblings actually went back to Hawaii for a couple of years before Pearl Harbor.
Fast forward to the early 70's - my first trip to Hawaii.
Where of all places on the island would I first experience saimin and teriyaki skewers?
Like Like, of course.
Thanks for the blast from the past!

fish fish

Wow!! Really looks like a very high calories loco-moco. But the half cooked eggs looks really yummy too~


Hi pinkcocoa,

The name is quite cute isn't it? Sounds a bit playful. Yes, it's too bad that it wasn't good, especially for that price. If I were in Singapore and had some bad food, at least I'd be out only S$5.00 at most.

Hi Mark,

Thanks for posting here and welcome!

I'm glad you enjoyed the post on Like Like. I've eaten the saimin here a while back and found that it was OK. Hope to hear from you again.

Have you been back to visit at all?

Hi fish fish,

It's definitely high in calories, but the over easy eggs are great, even better if the gravy were good!


Hey Reid, is there ANYTHING at LikeLike that is worth ordering? I work in the area and work very late most nights (past midnight), and places like this that are open 24 hours (or super late, like Taiyo Ramen) are my saviors. That loco-moco looked good at first, so I am disappointed to hear that it sucked.

But is there anything else on thier menu that is good? And can you recommend any other good places to pick up some late-night grub in the Ala Moana/Keeaumoku/Ward area? (I work on Kamakee Street, btw)

Welcome back, btw


Hi Mr_Me,

I would have to say that you should be OK ordering anything on their menu that does not have gravy on it. That said, the night I was there, someone had the teriyaki steak and it smelled good, but at $12, I didn't think it was worth it.

If you're looking for late night eats in the Ala Moana area, it's mostly Korean food places that are open. Here's a list of the ones that I know:

Choon Chun Chicken BBQ
Million Yakiniku
Panda Cuisine
Side Street Inn
Fook Yuen (McCully Shopping Center)

In the direction of Waikiki, there's Wailana and Eggs 'N Things.

In the direction of McCully, there's Sushi King.

In the direction of Nuuanu, there's Hungry Lion and Liliha Bakery. The breakfast at Liliha Bakery is awesome. If you go after midnight, expect to wait for a seat to become available.

And thanks for the welcome home! It's great to be back, but I miss all the cheap, delicious food!


hey reid

did you happen to mention that like like is pronounced "lee-keh lee-keh"? in case anyone was wondering.

yeah, that fruit salad is a little nutty. i forgot, i have a cel phone photo of it:

there's a whole orange, papaya, apple, banana, and can of peaches along with a gigantor scoop of sherbet and some saltine crackers, in case you're still hungry. if you look behind the salad there's that nasty gravy again, on a decent meatloaf. my mom thinks the chili's okay there too.


Thanks for those leads, Reid. I've heard about Million, but never been there. Do they do takeout? I'm under the impression that they only do sitdown, yakiniku style stuff. I prefer doing takeout, since I'm generally by myself when I work that late, so sitting alone in a restaurant gets me all lonely :(

Jeez, how could I forget Side Street? I work right around the corner from them too. I guess I stopped going there 'cause the prices are a bit much for me ($17 for a plate of porkchops is outrageous)


Hi Santos,

That is a strange fruit salad! I can't begin to imagine ice cream and cut fruits. The meatloaf? matter what mom says, I probably won't have anything with gravy from this place ever again. Thanks for sharing the picture! =) BTW...what kind of camera phone are you using?

Hi Mr_Me,

Million might do take out as they have all the local standards, like barbecue chicken and meat jun for about $4.95 during lunch and I think it's $6.95 during dinner. You should give them a call.

As far as Side Street Inn is concerned, for most dishes, you can get a half order for close to half the price. They are actually called "skinny" portions. The pork chop is $8.75.


nokia-something. the one with the round dially thing which makes it impossible for me to text with a normal phone. i think it's 3650. photos are pretty good if i pay attention. my mom likes the chili, hates the gravy, but when it comes down to it, would rather spend less at zippy's for the chili. if you go back to kam bowl, their adobo's pretty good, too.


Hi Santos,

Thanks. Your camera phone takes pretty good pictures. My T610 is kinda junk.


hello santos,
my favorite is the banana hotcakes,waffle w'strawberries andwhip cream....and the RIB STEAK smouthered w/onions is superb.....that would make your mouth drool on the like like table...hahahahah:)


Hi Enaj,

Thanks for stopping by.

I have had the banana pancakes here before, years ago, and thought they were pretty good. I've never had a steak or the waffles here, but I might want to give them a try sometime.

Thanks for the information!


I was really looking forward to this as it is kind of a Honolulu institution, having survived for so many years. I was disappointed, however, at the high prices, no coffee refills, and food that was mediocre at best. Unfortunately, I don't think I would go back.


loco moco? shige's in wahiawa has the best...

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