Favorite Hawaiian Foods

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  1. DeAnna

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    Ok, so I've been in Honolulu 3 months now and I've had the chance to try a lot of the local dishes.

    I'm really, really liking Poke which is basically sashimi-grade ahi tuna (or salmon) marinaded with soy sauce, sesame oil, red chilis and some other spices. The local Costco sells several varieties of fresh made poke for about $15/pound. So, no - it's not cheap (but yummy).

    Another one I really like is the Loco Moco - ultimate comfort food (high cholesterol count included!) Basically a scoop of white rice, topped with a burger patty, topped with a fried egg, all drenched in brown gravy.

    One that is very popular here (but I find so-so) is the Spam Sushi (Musubi as it's called here). Every convenience store carries them and even McDonald's has it on their menus here.

    http://www.hawaiifoodtours.com/hawaiianfood.html

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    I'm going to have to put you on ignore now...no offense. I can't get the aloha here, this hippie be starving. The "local" beef over there is to die for.
     
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    Oh, poor desertdawg! :p
     
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    This Loco Moco looks yummy! Except the gravy should be OVER the egg, not the rice.

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    Your dead to me!!!:ban:
     
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    These are the types of meals that let you only eat twice a day while staying active. This is why folks on the islands are so sexy, if your active. :D Man...you can surf for 8 hours on a good meal.
     
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    Poke at Costco! I need that!!
     
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    I love loco moco. My wife and I ate at a place on Oahu, Hukilau Cafe, I really liked their loco moco. I think it was on Man vs Food or Diners Drive ins and Dives. Can't remember which.
     
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    Kalua pork is the best Hawaiian food EVER!
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    Where is the pork? That plate better not cost more than $5 will all the crap lettuce and rice. #whereisthepork :)
     
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    That's what is called a plate lunch. Always includes a scoops of white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. Good thing a lot of places offer a "mini-plate" which is a half portion size.

    They usually cost around $8-$9 for the regular size.
     
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    I tried it but was underwhelmed by it. Like shredded pork but with a smoky flavor. Maybe I should try it at a different place :shrug:
     
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    And ask them to hold the lettuce.
     
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    There is no lettuce in a plate lunch. That's cabbage.

    Best Hawaiian food I've found in AZ: Leo's Island BBQ in Peoria. (On Bell in front of the Barnes and Noble.)

    They talk pidgin, lots of hapas and I be happy when I go. Katsu chicken, ribs, you give me extra macaroni no cabbage? Mahalo.
     
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    Not a big Poke fan since I'm not a sushi fan that much overall

    Loco Moco - yes, love that stuff. I try to make it at home, but just not the same.

    Spam Musubi - another big winner here. Spam has a long tradition in HI. I actually like Ono's BBQ spam musubi. The rest of the stuff at Ono's blows.

    YES!!!!

    The only place to have good Kalua pork is in HI and I'd actually recommend one of the other islands besides Oahu/Honolulu since it's such a touristy area. Go to a luau since kalua pork is supposed to be cooked in the ground, not some electrical device.

    I've had good luck with kalua pork on Kauai. On the mainland you won't find many places that make actual kalua pork unless it's cooked it in the ground - it is a 7hr process. Even then, unless they wrap the pig like it should be (banana leaves, koa wood, burlap, etc) it won't be close.


    Oh, and where is the love for poi poi????? That's quite possibly one of the worst things I've ever eaten no matter how people suggest to flavor it.
     

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