Honolulu, Hawai’i: Yama’s Fish Market

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 4comments No tags Permalink 0

Ready for some Hawaiian plate lunch today? We’re here at Yama’s Fish Market in Honolulu, and I all I can think about is pork lau lau and haupia squares!

The daily specials sound very tempting… chicken adobo, pipikaula fried rice, and furikake salmon to name a few. Talk about making me homesick.

We stick to the #3 combo: Lau Lau, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Poke and Haupia.

Plate lunch ready to eat.

Unwrapping the lau lau…all I need is hot rice and lau lau and I could be set for meals on end.  It’s salted butterfish, fatty pork, and chicken all wrapped in luau leaves, then ti leaves, and steamed. You discard the ti leaves, but everything else is meant to be devoured. The steamed luau leaves alone are so delicious, add in all the meats and I think you can call that heaven. I used to hand carry frozen 8-packs of Keoki’s lau lau from Hawaii to NYC…dug up this photo of Robyn holding the lau lau (back at my very first NYC apt on the Lower East Side ;)

Here’s a closer look at the Lomi Lomi Salmon…

…and the Spicy Ahi Poke. They have a bunch of poke options at Yama’s though the spicy ahi is my favorite. They don’t joke around with the heat levels.

Also ordered a side of Chicken Long Rice because…how could you not? Vermicelli noodles, a savory chicken broth and shredded chicken meat. I still make this dish fairly often in NYC. So easy and super comforting. Love to add extra ginger and scallions into my version, everyone has their own style.

Couldn’t pick between the chocolate and pumpkin haupia bars…so we got both. The chocolate one has this fudgy chocolate chip-studded brownie base with a layer of haupia (coconut pudding) on top…

…while the pumpkin bar has a shortbread base, pumpkin pie filling and haupia layer. Here’s a better look at the shortbread base. Umeke Market also makes a good pumpkin haupia bar which we order in whole pie form during the holidays. Both are bliss!

Yama’s Fish Market
2332 Young Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 941-9994

  • Cassaendra
    April 19, 2012

    Hi Kathy, Wow, now you have me homesick. I really miss laulau. : For Thanksgiving last year, my aunt made an Okinawan sweet potato-haupia pie that was delicious! Where were these pies when I was a kid? :)Great pictures…actually, too good. : Hehe.

  • KirkK
    April 19, 2012

    Hi Kathy – I check out Yama's on my last trip back home….I thought the lau lau wasn't too bad too. My wife's cousins from China loved the Kalua Pork (of course).

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 19, 2012

    Hi Cassaendra! An Okinawan sweet potato-haupia – now that sounds good!!! I love how you can combine practically anything with haupia and it's bound to be delicious ;)Hi Kirk! I haven't tried the kalua pig yet, but will be sure to next time I'm back ^_^

  • anonymous
    April 19, 2012

    Love the photo of Robyn – the 1st thing that struck me was how did she get by with such a small rice cooker?Alan

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