This post is all about our favorites things to chow in Hawaii. It was hard to pick only 12 things because there’s so much good food to eat in Hawaii. Be sure to check out these places and let us know what you think!
In no particular order….
1. Ahi Poke: seasoned raw fish, traditionally made with limu (seaweed), onion, and salt or soy sauce.
2. Shave Ice: so many delicious flavors! Made even more tasty with accoutrements such as condensed milk, mochi balls, azuki beans, or ice cream.
3. Puka Dogs: This place is good enough to be featured on Anthony Bourdain and Food Network, so check it out to say you’ve been. Plus the dogs are unique and delish! We love the short lines and friendly staff at the Kauai (Poipu) location.
4. Hamura Saimin: Legendary hole-in-the-wall noodle joint on Kauai. Go early and be sure to get the large special, BBQ beef or chicken sticks, Diamond Head strawberry soda, and a slice of homemade lilikoi chiffon pie.
5. Poi Donuts: The best poi (taro) donuts are from Kamehameha Bakery in Kalihi on Oahu. The regular glazed donuts are to die for too. They literally melt in your mouth. You will never look at Krispy Kreme the same. Be sure to order ahead because the donuts sell out fast!
6. Fresh fruit: From papayas to apple bananas, it’s all super good and relatively easy to find. Just head to a local farmers market for the freshest local, organic stuff.
7. Xiao Long Bao: Let’s be honest, this is a staple on our list. From DC to California to Hawaii, we’ll clearly go anywhere and everywhere for tasty dumplings. The XLB in Hawaii are really good. Better than anything we can get in DC and also reasonably priced! Be sure to check it out.
8. Breakfast at Cinnamons: This restaurant in Kailua serves the best breakfast ever!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the guava pancakes. As with most other things that are fabulous, GO EARLY!!
9. KCC farmers market: Held every Saturday morning on the grounds of Kapiolani Community College near Diamond Head. Go early because it gets touristy and crowded FAST. Lots of yummy prepared foods of every variety. Hike off the calories and gluttony at Diamond Head. We didn’t get around to going this time so no pics to share.
10. Traditional Hawaiian food: Poi, lau lau, lomi salmon, the works! Try a luau for the entire experience. (sorry, didn’t take any pics of this)
11. Malasads: fried balls of dough covered in sugar. So delicious when eaten warm. Nothing else like it in the world!!
12. Pastele: we like to think of this as a Puerto Rican version of a tamale, but made with green plantain/banana. Sorry, didn’t take a picture. Ate it up too fast!