I didn’t have any set expectations for the food in Hawaii. It’s such a melting pot of different asian, pacific islanders, and native Hawaiian cultures that all I knew was that the food was going to be good.
Anywhere I travel I always try to eat where the locals go or I try to stay away from the tourist areas at the very least. Of course there have been some exceptions, but those are few and far between. I’m the kind of person that loves small “mom and pop” type of establishments. I love to support people who are passionate about what they do and what they create.
Well now onto the glorious food! One thing that surprised me about the food in Hawaii was the portion size. I thought portions in California were big, but it’s nothing compared to the plates of food I had in Oahu.
The first night we arrived we walked down to a Japanese restaurant (Marakame Udon) that made hand made udon noodles on-site. It was entertaining to see the guy rolling and working the ingredients to make the noodles. I went with the traditional (kake) udon that had light broth and traditional fish and seaweed flavor to it. I also had all different types of crunchy tempura.
The next night we went to a local restaurant called “The Side Street Inn”. You could almost miss this place because it’s located in what seemed to be an office building. We ordered way too much food; I kept on ordering with everyone looking at me wide eyed. I didn’t even realize it was family style servings. It turned out for the best though because we had leftovers the next day! I would highly recommend this place. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING , was delicious. We had the Kula farmer blend salad, the famous pan fried island pork chops, the works fried rice, and mochiko chicken.
So one tourist location I couldn’t avoid was Leonard’s. It’s famous for a reason, and I’m happy I didn’t avoid it. They’re famous for their malsadas, and if you’ve never had one, you are definitely missing out. A malsada is a light and fluffy Portuguese donut rolled in sugar (some are filled with different flavors)
My favorite one by far was the traditional malsada. If you’re in Hawaii you MUST go here…..and bring me back some!
So I’ll end this post on a sweet note, and I hope you’re enticed for another Hawaiian food post coming soon.
See you in the next post!