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Food not to miss

Buffalo, NY
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Food not to miss

Is there any authentic hawaiian food that we should be sure to eat? I have had poi before and don't care if I eat it again. I know there are many ethnic restaurants around the islands, but is there anything we should not miss, like shave ice, fish tacos (just an example) or pineapple something? We are also on a budget, so nothing expensive. Just good old food.

pzp
Kauai, Hawaii
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1. Re: Food not to miss

Hawaiian food would be laulau, kalua pig, opihi, haupia... Go to Ono Hawaiian Food for a meal.

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what I need when I visit Oahu is some good dim sum. we always choose Char Hung Sut in Chinatown. closed on Tuesdays and they do take out better by phone. if going to the airport, let them know. they will hook you up for carry on no extra charge.

yelp.com/biz/char-hung-sut-restaurant-honolu…

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My favorite is Poke (PO-kay). This is raw fish cut into small pieces and mixed with spices and some sause. Traditional would be Ahi tuna. You'll see it on many restaurant menus, but you can also pick it up in every supermarket or fish store. My favorite spot is Ono Seafood on Kapahulu, where they'll mix it up fresh for you with your choice of ingredients.

Also try Malasadas, which are Portuguese donuts. My favorite are at Leonard's Bakery (also on Kapahulu). They come in sugar, cinamon-sugar, and cream filled.

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4. Re: Food not to miss

macadamia nut cream pie

coconut cream pie

chocolate haupia pie

spicy ahi poke bowl

another vote for Leonard's malasadas

lilikoi sorbet (with a scoop of vanilla to cut the tartness)

pasteles

sweet potato turnovers from the St Germain bakeries

Saturday Grandma's filled mochi - any flavor, they are all good

miso butterfish

strawberry shave ice with a scoop of chocolate mac nut ice cream on the bottom

I could go on.... and on....and on....

NORTH CAROLINA
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Kalua Pork

Portugese Sausage

Another vote for Leonard's malasadas

Loco Moco

Manapua

Hubby loves laulau and spam musubi

Daughter and I love the taro bubble tea from Thang's cart in the Maunakea Marketplace courtyard in Chinatown they even have avocado which is interesting but taro is our favorite. They use fresh ingredients not powder mix.

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6. Re: Food not to miss

Read the Top Questions on the right side of the page. Amberloo & Food and Cheap Eats.

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7. Re: Food not to miss

Second on going to Ono's Hawaiian for Lau Lau, Kalua Pork and Leonard's for Malasadas.

If you want Hawaiian dessert - Kulolo - sweetened taro dessert. We usually buy from Young's Fish Market since it's not always available. Call ahead.

Also uniquely from Hawaii - CocoPuffs from Liliha Bakery. Not necessarily "Hawaiian", but definitely tasty and a favorite.

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Three of my favorites, not true Hawaiian, but very local:

Spam Musubi

Butter Mochi

Chicken Katsu

I can hardly wait to try some Squid Lu‘au from Ono Hawaiian!

3Chihuahuas

Edit - just remembered another, manju. Yummy!

Edited: 5:40 pm, February 19, 2013
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plate lunch

Buffalo, NY
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10. Re: Food not to miss

My mouth is watering! Can't wait to try these foods. Any more?