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EDITORS' PICK

 

>>Best Fantasy Hawaiian Plate


This past November, we published a dining feature exploring the history and evolution of the “traditional” Hawaiian plate. Along the way, we ate more than our fair share of Hawaiian food, and it occurred to us: What if you could assemble the perfect Hawaiian plate, using only the dishes from each restaurant that they do best? Here are our picks:


Photo: rae huo

Kalua Pig: YOUNG'S FISH MARKET
1286 Kalani St. | 841-4885
youngsfishmarket.com

One of the only places to make their own, Young’s smokes an assortment of pork cuts to approximate the taste of a traditionally imu’d whole pig.

Haupia: HIGHWAY INN
94-226 Leoku St., Waipahu | 677-4345 
myhighwayinn.com

In our experience, the creamiest of the bunch.

Laulau: ONO'S
726 Kapahulu Ave. | 737-2275

Big and juicy, this is exactly the kind of lau lau Rap Replinger would have approved of, if he was looking for “one hell of a kau kau.”

Pipikaula: HELENA'S
1240 N. School St. | 845-8044 
helenashawaiianfood.com

It might not be the most traditional, but Helena’s pipikaula, hung and dried over the stove, contrasts a beef-jerkylike exterior with thick, meaty insides.

Poi: WAIAHOLE POI FACTORY
4810 Kamehameha Highway | 239-2222 
waiaholepoifactory.com

Of all the Hawaiian food eateries we tried, only Waiahole Poi Factory mills its own (which might be obvious, given its name). You can even get it hand-pounded, for thick, fresh poi.

 

EDITORS' PICK

>>Best Egg Custard Tarts

RAINBOW TEA STOP
Maunakea Market Place, 1120 Maunakea St. | 386-3388



photos: david croxford, wes funai

If you drop by RAINBOW TEA STOP, tucked into a corner of Maunakea Marketplace, you’ll probably see Peggy Chau (pictured at left) in some stage of tart-making. She makes the egg custard tarts every day—smooth, cheery yellow, glossy custard set in a tender, shortbread-like crust. She and her husband, William Wong, both originally from Hong Kong, have been making these tarts, as well as other sweets and savory noodle dishes, in their little shop for more than 10 years (neither of them can seem to remember exactly how long it’s been).

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