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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Plate Lunch Madness

Hawaii is or should I say the Plate Lunch is Hawaii! Are you visiting Hawaii and want what locals eat or "grine"? Great, let's get down to business shall we. There are many local restaurants on Oahu, the Big Island of Hawaii, Maui and Kauai islands. And this is where you'll need to make use of your iPhone 5 or your new Android phone, by Yahooing, Googling, or Binging info.

Believe it or not, roasted pork is huge in Hawaii, despite roasted pork is found on the mainland, local style roasted pork consists of a slow roasted butt or shoulder, with garlic, salt and pepper, and a gravy that's made from deglazing the pan. So if you are in Hawaii and you love pork, find a place that serves up delicious roast pork plates, complete with 2 scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad.

If you find an Asian diner, and they have Chinese roasted duck, get that as well, locals love roasted duck Chinese style. Also Kalbi ribs, the BBQ Korean style short ribs, usually sold with 2-4 choices of Korean style veggies, and kimchi is one of them for sure.

Filipino restaurants are big in Hawaii, and they have some Americanized dishes that are very popular, and also the Spanish influence can be found in lots of the dishes, if you do find a good Filipino eatery, try the pancit noodles, think of this as a chow mein, also the chicken or pork adobo dishes, this tangy meal is very popular, with vinegar, garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves, soy sauce slow cooked to perfection, this is a winner. And if you can, get a chicken and green papaya soup, usually it's a large bowl of homemade chicken soup with lots of chicken and green papayas in it with ginger, garlic, and fish sauce.

Look for hamburger steaks with gravy, deep fried shrimp, dim sum too, Hawaii is a melting pot of great comfort foods. In fact you need to try the Hawaiian Lau Lau, beef and pork with butter fish wrapped in taro leaves and again wrapped in ti leaves, and steamed for tender, and the only seasonings used is Hawaiian sea salt, simple but delicious.

You might find teriyaki meatballs, or miso fish, that's right, Hawaii has so much good food and a myriad of variety it's unreal. Roast beef, roast chicken, pot roast local style, the list goes on forever. Portuguese bean soup is huge here, if a restaurant sells this, you gotta try it, hammocks, beans, onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices, with rice and even cornbread this soup sells out in many restaurants if it's on the chef's special.

Or maybe it's won ton soup with Chinese cabbage, or a meal made up of Chinese sausage lupcheong, and eggs. Or a dish of Spam and eggs for breakfast. Portuguese sausage omelets is my favorite for breakfast with a spoonful of Best Foods mayonnaise on top, it's epic.

I'm not done yet, if you get a chance to sample a steamed parrot fish stuffed with sausage, vegetables and soy sauce with mayonnaise, try it, parrot fish (Uhu) in Hawaiian is good eat, and I mean good eat with a capital G! Hmmm, what else can I tell you to try here in the islands? Well Mexican foods are huge too and is part of our culture now, there's a few good Mexican digs around, some make some great soup, or braises we welcome it for sure.

Okay- good luck in finding a good local dig on your vacation.