Oh Maaaaaan, it’s Bread Pudding!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 11 No tags Permalink 0

If you’ve been following along this blog for a while, you probably know by now that bread pudding is by far my single most favorite dessert in the world. IN THE WORLD. For this reason alone, it’s a very good thing I live in Hawaii, a state particularly fond of bread pudding. You’ll find bread pudding at more restaurants on this tiny island than you can count on with a dozen hands. Bread pudding is player on restaurant menus running the range from high end such as Le Bistro in Niu Valley, the Kahala Resort, Chef Mavro’s Cassis Honolulu, and all the way to casual spots such as Panya, the bakery section of Don Quijote, and most importantly Kaka’ako Kitchen.

I say most importantly because of all the seemingly bazillion bread pudding haunts that flood this island there must be one that does it best. And of course you are entitled to your own opinion because food, especially bread pudding, is a very subjective subject and there’s no sense in arguing who does what best – it’s all a matter of opinion. With that said, let me express my opinion. Kakaako Kitchen does the best bread pudding on the island of Oahu. It is, honestly put, mind blowing. And it is also simply amazing. For a mere $3.50 you can have an orgasm in the form of warm custardy pudding. With a side of creamy vanilla bean speckled crème anglaise nonetheless! It’s a small price to pay.

So here’s what happens: swing open the doors to Kakaako Kitchen and look to the right of the register. You should see a dessert case. A really awesome dessert case. Filled with wonders of carrot cake, lemon bars, banana poi bread and pumpkin bread. To the left of the register are cookies. The double chocolate walnut is best. I don’t know about the others. But what should catch your attention is the small Styrofoam container towards the bottom of the case. There should be at least a dozen of these containers. There’s no hint as to what they hold. You just have to know. Whereas the other treats are packed in clear plastic boxes, these come in silent white containers. Only the worthy can indulge.

Whisper the words “bread pudding” and hand your money to whoever’s at the register. The cashier will ask, “do you want it hot?” And you must say, “YES, YES!” And he’ll pop it in the microwave for a bit. What?! Microwave?! Blasphemy! But deal with it. Microwaving this bread pudding does wonders. And so out comes the bread pudding in a minute or so, along with a fork and napkins…and you must run to the nearest table to sit and eat because it is only good HOT.

And so…oh man, here comes the best part! You open up the container, stare at this wondrous piece of art in all its picture perfect glory, and stab the fork in with reckless abandon of joy. Make sure to stab the fork in to the top part of the pudding because as you’ll notice the top part forms this half-custard, half-pudding glory that only sounds and not words could describe (it’s the right half of the photo). This bread pudding lies on the pudding end of the spectrum, and you could easily eat it with a spoon, or glory be, just pour it all in your mouth. Mind you, it still retains the dignity of the eggy sweet bread entwined with laces of cinnamon and teasingly dotted with vanilla. If you could ever find sin in the mouth it would not be the chocolate soufflé or crème brulee, but this homely creature: the bread pudding. This creature that manages to be all at once fluffy with custard soaked innards and wickedly scandalous with a chilled anglaise which could make for a pudding all itself. I’ve already decided that at my wedding (which is no where in the foreseeable future) we will not eat cake. We will have bread pudding.

Unfortunately it is not a dish recommended for eating on a date, as it will come to be a messy affair should you chose to split it. And by messy, I mean both the fact that it is a terribly messy, most ungraceful pudding to share and also by the fact that who the heck would want to share pudding if they could have their own? However, if you insist on taking your significant other for a taste, I suggest you get one per person cause it simply works out better that way.

Kaka’ako Kitchen

1200 Ala Moana Boulevard

Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

(808) 596-7488

11 Comments
  • Kat
    November 30, -0001

    Hi Kathy!I love how a person can be so obsessed and in love with a FOOD!!! Yes!!! Especially dessert! I’ve never had the Kaka’ako kitchen’s b/p, but it sounds sooo good! But yah, I love desserts too but I lean more towards chocolatey desserts than fruity.

  • K & S
    July 17, 2007

    Ooh, I’ll have to remember this the next time I’m home. My hubby loves their loco moco!

  • anonymous
    July 17, 2007

    you have a very serious addiction, Kathy. Take care, now.

  • HIV/AIDS: MY JOURNEY
    July 17, 2007

    Oh, oh, oh my God…The blueberry cream cheese cone below… give me one and I will die happy… as long as it is as good as it looks. I have found my haven for food… hope it keeps me fat. Nice blog. Love it.

  • J. Lo
    July 18, 2007

    yeah, screw the whole “let’s get one to share” mentality. i hate it when people ask me to share my food with them – especially desserts. get your own damn dessert! lol. mmmm, how fondly i remember the bread pudding at kakaako kitchen – i also really love the pumpkin bread there. let’s see, at my wedding….. i think i want a ricotta pie or a cannoli with ricotta cream. or, maybe something more asian-inspired like bubor cha cha or steamed buns with lotus paste.

  • Reid
    July 18, 2007

    Kathy,The bread pudding is the ONLY thing I would eat at Kaka’ako Kitchen these days.But…I can make it at home, so I usually don’t bother.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 18, 2007

    Hey Kat!oooh, I have to go back and try their loco moco…I haven’t eaten any loco mocos in FOREVER! Hey Ron!sigh, i will do my best ;)Hey!hehe, i’m glad you like my blog! :) it’s surprisingly one of those scones that still taste just as good the next day! :)Hey Kat!i’d chose chocolatey over fruity anyday! when it comes to fruits, i most often prefer it plain…pears are an exception though, hehe :)Justin!oooh, i’ll try the pumpkin poi bread next time…it looked really good, but a dinner of beef stew with shann and bread pudding was er, really heavy on the stomach, hehe. Hey Reid!oh man, I remember your post on the bread pudding you made a while back. now that looked goooood! :)

  • rowena
    July 18, 2007

    My GAWD! What descriptive vocabulary elan! I have to calm down a bit…there, there..breathe easy. What a fab post on the lowly bread pudding Kathy. I swear that I’ve seen Manolo Morales on a little visit to Kaka’ako Kitchen one morning on tv. I am so jealous of him!

  • Chubbypanda
    July 18, 2007

    If you eat bread pudding the way you write about it, I’d like to watch you eat bread pudding. I enjoy watching people really enjoy their food…. That could be taken the wrong way. =b

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 19, 2007

    Hey Rowena!funny that you mention Manolo Morales – i was just at lunch at Irifune on Kapahulu today when i heard a super familiar sounding voice. i was like, gaah, who is that? then i turned around and it was Manolo in the flesh! (he was having the garlic ahi and veggie tempura plate):)Hey Chubbypanda!lol, i’ll take it both the wrong and right way! if you ever come to oahu, we can go eat bread pudding ;)

  • musubi
    August 21, 2007

    Hi, Kathy–Just discovered your blog & have really enjoyed what I’ve read so far!Have you tried the MANGO Bread Pudding at Times Supermarket yet?I just got turned onto it recently, and as a BIG fan of bread pudding myself, I was immediately hooked! You can find the Mango Bread Pudding in the Deli at Times Beretania. It’s in the refrigerated case off to the side, generous slices packed in clear plastic clamshell containers for $1.99 each. I’ve been in heaven since discovering it about two weeks ago…(Hope you get this in time to try some before you leave for NY!)

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