10 Things | Recently in Hawai’i

Friday, May 3, 2013 8comments No tags Permalink 0

1. Lilikoi-stuffed malasadas at Liliha Bakery


And coco puffs with chantilly…

oh man. They also make green tea coco puffs but I prefer the chocolate version.

They’ve done so many renovations since my last visit…looking nice and clean.

2. Breakfast for three…

…hot bowl of pho and good conversation. My favorite pho place is still Huong Lan.

3. Late night shave ice bowl at  Coffee or Tea. Milk pudding, boba, and grass jelly. Topped with green tea ice cream and plenty of condensed milk.

4. Malasadas at the Iolani Fair…

I’m a Punahou grad so am totally biased as to which school makes better malasadas. Remember when Steph mailed me a Punahou malasada? So fun!

5. Banana pancakes with mac nut sauce at Boots and Kimo…the mac nut sauce (an extra rich crème anglaise) gets better with every visit.

Chicken katsu with mac salad also ono. Balancing all the sugar with…salt…and fat.

6. Morning croissant aux amandes from Boulangerie Bakery.

7. Curry night at Curry House CoCo Ichibanya.

Chicken katsu curry with cheese. Don’t forget the cheddar cheese. It makes all the difference in the world…

…and corn and potato croquette with cheese. Clearly we are not on a diet.

8. Goodies from Nam Fong include roast duck…

…ginger chicken (we eat it like this)…

…and roast pork.

9. More malasadas! I think I could live off malasadas…

These are from Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop, fried to order.

Mom and I ordered two for a “small breakfast.” Devoured them on the spot and promptly ordered six more.

10. Saving the best for last…Thang’s avocado smoothies!! They have a new and more convenient location by the DMV, but I’m loyal to the Chinatown original ^_^

  • Tamakikat
    May 3, 2013

    Droolfest happening right now. TMI? ;)Have passed on some of your food recommendations for Hawaii to a friend who's traveling there later in the year. Look forward to hearing where she went and what she ate. Again thanks for sharing.While I am vacationing in Auckland, NZ I've been looking for a decent donut to buy. In the meantime I am enjoying lamingtons (-sponges cubes dipped in chocolate sauce and then coconut). Thank goodness we have decent masaladas at home in Kyoto so even if I don't get that donut I can have a masalada or 2 once back home. Always get hankering for some of the same when I see your photos:)

  • anonymous
    May 3, 2013

    Hi Kathy,Huong Lan is our favorite place for pho as well… we like the cleanliness, fast, friendly service, and the clear soup… plus their "taste" seems to be unique, and no other place can seem to match (at least to us), and is consistent… price is also kept very low..yes, their greens always look very fresh..Time for us to return a visit…mahalo,hilorain…

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 5, 2013

    Tamakikat – droolfest is a compliment! heheh ^_^ Hope the recs come in handy for your friend…she can email me if she's looking for something specific. Always glad to help!P.S. I love lamingtons!Hilorain – Agreed 100%! Huong Lan is always our first choice for pho…we wound up at this other place b/c they were not open before 10am :)

  • Shoko
    May 5, 2013

    you're making me so homesick! and jealous :) malasadas would be perfect right now…miss you, kathy!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 6, 2013

    Shoko!! I'll trade you a malasada for that avocado toast from toby's estate ;) See you back in NYC soon!

  • Tasty Trekker
    May 7, 2013

    I don't know which I want more that coco puff with chantilly or banana pancakes with creme anglaise…your living my food dream right now:):)

    • Kathy YL Chan
      May 9, 2013

      Hi Roze! Come to Hawai’i! ^_^

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 9, 2013

    Hi Roze! Come to Hawai’i! ^_^

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