Thelma's Special at Thelma's Filipino Restaurant

Photo: Joel Chang

The chef of a  high-end townie restaurant told us about this. It’s a dish he’ll drive to Waipahu for, and when he gets there, he says, “Every table has Thelma’s Special”—a heaping plate of crispy-skinned lechon kawali, the pork belly striated with fat, topped with a dice of raw tomatoes and onions and dressed in a simple soy sauce. Even the fat-averse have been known to cave for this. 

94-366 Pupupani St., 677-0443. $9.95