Hawai‘i’s New General Store: Our 9 Favorite Items at Our Local 7-Eleven
Every 7-Eleven Hawai‘i store carries about 100 to 120 items in the fresh food department alone, on top of an assortment of packaged chips, snacks and candies.
In the course of writing the dining story in the May 2021 issue of HONOLULU Magazine, I tried dozens of bentos and snacks and more snacks. Here are my favorites that are for the most part unique to 7-Eleven Hawai‘i or that 7-Eleven has made more convenient.
9. Pickle in a pouch: I love pickles. All. The. Time. Pickle in a pouch, sans brine, now means I can eat one driving, walking, basically whenever, with minimal mess.
8. Pho: Yes, 7-Eleven does pho. And it’s pretty good.
7. Pork and peas bowl: This is comfort food, Filipino style—a tomato-based stew with chunks of pork that have just the right amount of fat, plus fresh red bell pepper and green peas that pop.
6. Franny’s Kūlolo Ice Pops: Taro and coconut milk make for a satisfyingly creamy (yet dairy free) pop.
5. Ubae crinkle cookies: Real ube halaya (jam) is whipped into these tender cookies, so soft it’s like they just came out of the oven.
4. Spicy ‘ahi nori roll: Gotta love that ingenious cellophane wrapper that keeps the nori crisp and crinkly.
3. 7-Eleven brand langues de chat cookies: The dark chocolate ones (which are superior to the white chocolate version) are like mini Milano cookies, but thinner and lighter.
2. Tocino and longanisa with egg bento: Filipinos have the best breakfast meats and now 7-Eleven makes it so I can have this breakfast bento anytime of day. (Also, kudos for soft scrambled eggs and perfectly cooked rice. 7-Eleven wouldn’t get far in Hawai‘i if it didn’t know how to cook rice.)
1. Lup cheong manapua: Pig in a blanket? More like a sweet pig studded with translucent fat in a fluffy down comforter.