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.
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.
We shared a batch of Giovanni's Garlic Scampi:
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):
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:
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:
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:
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 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 808-953-2070 Savage Shrimp Kukui'ula Village Suite K-158 2829 Ala Kalaikaumaka Koloa, Kauai Giovanni's Shrimp Truck 56-505 Kamehameha Hwy Kahuku, Hawaii 808-293-1839 Me's BBQ 151 Uluniu Ave. Honolulu, Hawaii 808-926-9717 Tokkuri-Tei 449 Kapahulu Ave. Honolulu, Hawaii 808-732-6480 Teddy's Bigger Burgers 134 Kapahulu Ave. Honolulu, Hawaii 808-926-3444