I’m back from a two week trip to Hawaii and I have so many good eats to share with you guys! We spent the first few days in Oahu, then flew to Kauai and lastly the “Big Island” of Hawaii. Most people spend at least one week on each island, but we thought three islands in two weeks time was just right for us.
We arrived at night and luckily our hotel was close to the Waikiki area where things are open relatively late compared to the rest of the island (most restaurants are closed early compared to those on the Mainland states). Marukame Udon was one of my must-eats while we were there. A short walk from the hotel, we arrived just before they closed the doors!
The setup was quite simple – assembly line fashion. You order the basic noodle you want and add the toppings you want as you move down the line. I ordered the Bukkake Udon, a cold udon, which was refreshing in the heat. I added a shrimp tempura and soft boiled egg. The noodles were wonderfully chewy and it was a great first meal on the island.
Next up on my must-eats list was Iyasume Musubi Cafe. This is a little take out place selling Japanese musubis and bentos.
I picked up a little package that contained a spam musubi, sausage, fried chicken and Japanese style egg omelet. Everything was good and super cheap. It’s a great place to pick up some food to eat on the beach.
One of the things you must try if you’re on the islands is Poke, a traditional Hawaiian dish which can be found in many restaurants and groceries. Most Poke is made out of raw cubed tuna and sold by the pound. It comes in many flavors. The first Poke we tried was from a combined grocery store/take-out & souvenir shop called Coco Cove which was actually really good.
We got the Spicy Ahi Poke Bowl (there’s rice underneath all that).
Once we’re done with spicy, we have to get something cool and sweet! We didn’t have time to really try all the shave ice places in town, but we did end up at Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha for some pineapple and Li Hing shave ice. The ice wasn’t as fine and powdery as I imagined it would be. Too bad I didn’t get to try other shops to compare.
Li Hing Mui is a salty sour dehydrated plum that people snack on and Li Hing powder is basically that salty plum ground up in a fine powder. You’ll find a lot of snacks (shave ice, gummy bears, etc), with Li Hing powder in Hawaii. I love the stuff! It’s also found in many Asian countries in a darker grey color. The powder in Hawaii I saw tends to be of a red color.
Stay tuned for more Oahu eats and the the rest of the islands!