My husband didn't really want to go here --- it was our last night in Maui and he wanted a more chi chi /memorable sort of experience like the Lahaina Grille. I was sunburnt and a little worn out and wasn't up for all the fuss and dressing up. I was delighted that the 1+ hour wait at Lahaina Grille convinced him to try Star Noodle.
We were quoted a 45 minute wait but it turned into a mere 15 minute wait, which certainly put hubby in a shiny, happy mood. Crowded into a small table in the back, we promptly ordered enough food to last us the 12 hours of travel ahead of us --- kim chi started was nicely hot but didn't sear our taste buds off.
The Vietnamese crepe was pretty unusual and while I liked the crepe itself, the filling was a sorta bland blend of ground pork and shrimp in some kind of white sauce. You put a piece of the eggy, crisp crepe and some of the filling into a leaf of greens (like a lettuce wrap) then add sauces and such on it. Without sriacha or thai sweet chili sauce it was too bland for me, but I had a couple of roll ups after amping up the flavor.
The steamed pork buns were awesome -- more like a sandwich and not the kind found at dim sum, they had a small line of hoisin sauce and a few sweet, thinly sliced pickles on the bottom. The Singapore Noodles were super good and full of curry flavor and tender chicken, and the Hapa Ramen soup was so pretty we almost hated to break the poached egg on top and ruin its looks. Hubby gave me a frowny-face when I ordered it, being somewhat scarred from eating too many college-era ramen noodles on the cheap. I was sure this wasn't the same thing, and in fact it was more like the pork and ramen noodle bowls I had while visiting my daughter and her Disney friends in Hong Kong the year she took a gap year and worked for Hong Kong Disneyland.
We did not have the Pad Thai, but the people next to us did and it looked incredibly good and the people looked like they were ready to lick the plate if we hadn't been watching. Also didn't try any of their fruity drinks/cocktails, but the people on the other side of us did and they both gave their (multiple) drinks a huge "Yum".
It was obvious that some one has taken a lot of care and thought into planning the menu. We loved our meal, and for $40 for the two of us, for such and interesting and filling meal, we are sure this was our best value meal while on Maui.
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