Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hawaii "Odds and Ends": I-naba Soba, Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, Me's BBQ and More

Soba at I-naba

Ok - last Hawaii post, I promise!

Here are some odds and ends of food we had on our trip that didn't make it into a post of their own. Above is the cold soba lunch at I-naba Soba in Honolulu. We had never had soba served this way before, and we really enjoyed it. Rather than being served as a soup, you dip the noodles into the sauce. The soba was fantastic, as was the tempura.

Savage Shrimp

Although we had Oahu's north shore locked in as a shrimp destination, our first shrimp of the trip was at Savage Shrimp in Koloa on Kauai. We had the place's namesake "Savage Shrimp" dish. Served in a spicy broth with bread on the side for dipping, it was hearty and flavorful.

Later, on Oahu, we made it out the north shore. We had a hard time deciding which of the shrimp spots to hit up. In the end, we settled on Giovanni's Shrimp Truck - mostly because we were on the bus and it was near a stop.

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck on the Oahu North Shore

We shared a batch of Giovanni's Garlic Scampi:

Garlic Scampi at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

Simple fare, but good. There was a ton of garlic in the sauce - which we really liked, but if you aren't a garlic fan, this wouldn't be for you.

One night, we were wandering out from our vacation rental at the south end of Waikiki and Sherry spotted Me's BBQ. A tiny little Korean joint tucked away on a side-street, the feel of the place immediately appealed to me. They have a small indoor area with a counter where you order, and a few tables outside.

We ended up eating there twice, and our favorite item was the Fish Jun - delicate, thin pieces of fish coated in an egg batter (sorry for the bad, low-light photo):

Fish Jun at Me's BBQ

We like the Jun so much that we made our own version as one of the dishes in our Feast of the Seven Fishes last Christmas Eve. We also really liked their Kalbi and Kimchi.

There was an Izakaya place, Tokkuri-Tei, not far from where we were staying, so we went there for dinner. It had a pleasant atmosphere and friendly knowledgeable waitresses. The dishes we had were hit and miss, but more hit than miss. This beef tongue skewer was one of the better ones:

Beef Tongue Skewer at Tokkuri-Tei

I had decided that I needed a teriyaki burger. Teddy's Bigger Burgers was just a block away from where we were staying and seemed to be pretty well liked. Not by us, though, as it turned out. The burger didn't look bad:

Teri-Burger at Teddy's Bigger Burgers

Unfortunately, it was dry and uninteresting. One of my least favorite burgers I've had in quite some time. And pretty expensive, to boot. Not recommended.

We also cooked with some local ingredients while we were visiting the islands. I saw Redondo's Portuguese Sausage in the grocery store and couldn't resist picking some up:

Redondo's Portuguese Sausage

It was very tasty for breakfast - sliced up and fried with eggs.

And, of course, we couldn't leave out the Hawaiian staple:

Spam and Eggs

Spam and eggs made a lovely breakfast one morning on the tiny balcony of our vacation rental in Honolulu.

I-naba Soba
1610 S King St.
Honolulu, Hawaii

Savage Shrimp
Kukui'ula Village Suite K-158
2829 Ala Kalaikaumaka
Koloa, Kauai

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
56-505 Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku, Hawaii

Me's BBQ
151 Uluniu Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii

449 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii

Teddy's Bigger Burgers
134 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii


  1. Oh yeah, that's what I'm talking about!! I've put Me's and Tokkuri-Tei on my list of to-do's. Yum, Portuguese Sausage! I usually keep 1-2 in the freezer. Purity is my brand of choice!

    1. Hi CAB - Me's and Tokkuri-Tei are definitely both worth visiting.

      This was the first time we'd had Portuguese sausage. I really liked it.

  2. Hey Mike - Actually, I agree with CAB, my favorite Port Sausage is Purity Brand, it's the only one I buy. By the way, I'm not sure if you know this, but I-Naba makes their own soba, that's why you probably liked it. They also have a branch in Torrance. You had it the traditional way Zaru Soba is supposed to be served.

    1. Hi Kirk - we were recommended I-naba by a Japanese friend who said that their soba was some of the best she'd had.

      I picked a Portuguese sausage brand at random - I'll be sure to give Purity a try next time.

  3. Aw last Hawaii post? I was enjoying this series immensely! Everything looks amazing, esp. that jun plate!

    1. Hi Sawyer - sorry, I'm out of pictures so the series is done until we visit Hawaii again!

  4. What a fun bunch of tasty food.

    1. It was - we ate well while we were in Hawaii!