Honolulu’s Chinatown

Thursday, June 12, 2008 8comments No tags Permalink 0

A few shots from our local Honolulu Chinatown on Saturday afternoon, 1:00pm

Local apple-bananas…

…and lychees.

Two kinds of jah – steamed and baked, spotted while in line at one of the many open shops lining King Street.

Sum Bo Leung

Futher mauka, mom stopped in a market for a few different che’s to bring over to Grandma’s house later that evening.

This particular shop (near River Street) has the largest variety of che in Chinatown – my favourite is the sesame sweet apple-bananas with a side of coconut milk, though my mom is more partial to the iced sweets while my dad prefers the steamed ones.

We ate this one right when we got home (when the weather is hot, you gotta do what you gotta do to keep cool :), pouring the che over a big bowl of ice. Jackfruit, lychees, water chestnuts and jellies of all sorts, even pandan flavoured ones, in a bath of cold coconut milk – splendid!

But before that, we went yum cha at Tai Pan, then made a stop over at Thang’s, where I had my daily avocado smoothie

…while my sister went with her favourite, the thai tea with boba.

Mom had her own cup of che on the spot – the owner’s wife at Thang’s is well known in the Vietnamese community for her signature dessert picture above, a still warm dish of sweet mochi rice studded with soft cooked beans and coconut cream.

Hope everyone’s having a good Friday! ^_^

Honolulu’s Chinatown

Thang Coffee & Bubble Tea

1120 Maunakea Street

Maunakea Marketplace

Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

  • anonymous
    June 13, 2008

    I had some of that Chinatown lychee last week, was super ono!

  • K & S
    June 13, 2008

    mmm lychee, can’t wait to go back home to explore more of chinatown.

  • anonymous
    June 14, 2008

    Hi!As always – great post!Can you give me a few pointers on Chinatown? Where do you usually park? Where is a good place to start and which way should I proceed? Any notable must stops?ThanksAlan from Makiki

  • anonymous
    June 14, 2008

    Oh man! I just had an apple banana today! ALSO- that boba looks fucking delicious! we need to go to saints alp again sometime.

  • anonymous
    June 14, 2008

    What is jah?

  • anonymous
    June 14, 2008

    What is “Sum Bo Leung” and “Che”?

  • lily.violet
    June 15, 2008

    Mmmm the che looks so refreshly delicious! I should find out where I can get some in my area!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    June 16, 2008

    Hey Lori!Oh man, I wish I could have brought some back to nyc! :)Hey Kat!Take me with you!!! ^_^Hey Alan!We usually hunt around for street parking, or go to the Chinatown Municipal lot. Must stops? Dim sum at Tai Pan (in the cultural plaza)…some people like Legends (also in the C.P) more, but that’s just personal preference, avocado smoothies at Thang’s (maunakea market place)…for che, any number of the shops lining King Street (just peek in the windows, if they have che, they usually keep it out front)…for noodles, I liked 99 Coffee Shop (174 N. King St)…but more than anything, I just enjoy parking and walking around, the only thing I must get everytime are those avocado smoothies! ^_^Hey Olivia!I can’t believe you moooved so faar away!! We shall go monching with Robyn soon! :)Hey Anon!I think of Jah as the Vietnamese version of spam – ground pork with spices and other flavours pressed together and either steamed, fried, or baked. It’s found in numerous Vietnamese dishes, served over funn (the long flat white noodles) and in banh mi.Hey Anon!Che = a general term/name for Vietnamese dessertsSum Bo Leung = a type of che with lychees (or longan), seaweed, and other jellies in a chilled sweet syrup.Hey Lily.Violet!Totally agree – the hotter it gets, the more I crave che! ^_^

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