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Travel Around the World (Without Leaving Hawai‘i) For Breakfast at These 7 Restaurants

From Taiwan’s fan tuan to Mexico’s menudo.


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When it comes to breakfast, we are often at our least adventurous—witness the island’s brunch menus hewing largely to a pancake-eggs-bacon theme and the continental breakfast served at hotels. But be bold this morning and let your first meal take you around the globe, from Taiwan’s fan tuan to Mexico’s menudo.


global breakfast dishes


1. Lam’s Kitchen


Pictured here with pork and pi dan (“century” or preserved egg).

$6.75, available all day, 1152 Maunakea St., Suite A, (808) 536-6222


global breakfast dishes


2. Tango Contemporary Café


Thin pancakes with a berry compote.

$10.25, available 7 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1288 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 120, (808) 593-7288, tangocafehawaii.com


mexican breakfast


3. Taqueria el Ranchero


Tripe, hominy (dried corn treated with an alkali) and red chile stew.

$12, available 8 to 11 a.m. on weekends, 823 California Ave., Suite A5, Wahiawā, (808) 621-9000, elrancherohawaii.com


Taiwanese breakfast


4. KC Kitchen


Crispy fried dough.

Xian Dou Jian

Savory soy milk.

Fan Tuan

Youtiao wrapped in sticky rice with rousoung (dried, shredded pork) and za tsai (pickled mustard plant).

$2.75, available all day, 100 N. Beretania St., #173, (808) 538-1151


japanese breakfast


5. Yoshitsune

Broiled Salmon Teishoku

  • Salmon

  • Tofu or natto

  • Tamago (egg)

  • Pickles

  • Spinach

  • Miso soup

  • Papaya

$28, available 6 to 10:30 a.m., Park Shore Waikīkī, 2586 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 926-5616


filipino breakfast


6. Fond

Silog Bowl

  • Longanisa (pork and garlic sausage)

  • Garlic fried rice

  • Atchara (green papaya pickle)

  • Egg

$17, available 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5095 Napilihau St., Suite 115, Nāpili, (808) 856-0225, fondmaui.com


vietnamese breakfast


7. Pho to-Chau

Pho Bo

Beef broth with rare steak, brisket, tendon and tripe.

$8.99, available all day, 1007 River St., (808) 533-4549


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