Night in Chinatown Festival
Posted 12 January 2004 - 12:37 PM
The entrance to the food stall areas on Maunakea Street. Four blocks of nothing but food stalls, along the route the Night in Chinatown parade would take later that night. Doesn't look too crowded from here but once you got into the middle it was hard to get any elbow room.
"Vegetarian fried smelt" from the Hawaii Buddhist Cultural Society. Made from tofu skin - very salty, crunchy and addictive.
Scallion bread being fried. . .
Spatchcocked Hulihuli Chicken from Koala Moa restaurant.
A Cantonese place with the various noodle things and the inevitable "jai", or Monk's Food, the more-or-less mandatory vegetarian New Year's dish containing dried tofu, bamboo shoots, black seaweed (hijiki), and bean thread noodles (third from left). I didn't usually have a chance to write down the names of the booths - was too busy being jostled around while holding a camera in one hand and several bags of food in the other.
We liked this booth a lot - it specialized in skewered grilled things. Had a few of the salt-grilled prawns, fish and caramel-sauce marinated roast pork, and chicken skewers.
My son took this picture of me grinning idiotically with two roast pork skewers.
This booth was apparently (?) sponsored by a Buddhist monastery - but somehow it wasn't vegetarian! The Vietnamese-style beef balls were great, as were the the turmeric-yellow fishcake sticks (far right).
Again, I didn't get the name of the booth. Great green papaya salad with nearly-raw slices of tiger prawn, and fried rice pink from its heavy concentration of lup cheong and char siew.
And, of course, gao. The ones shown here are among the best you can get in the islands, from the Shung Chong Yuein pastry shop on Maunakea St. Picked up a large one with some of their famous candied fruit / veg; we are still working on finishing it.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 12:43 PM
Posted 12 January 2004 - 02:13 PM
I think that have posted before about Legend's Vegetarian Restaurant in Chinatown, right across the way from its sister Seafood Restaurant. The Veggie menu is a riot to read, and all of the "meat" dishes are pretty amazing is taste, texture, and visual appeal.
Emily in London
Posted 12 January 2004 - 06:41 PM
And I love the fact that there are Costco cashews. So much for international big box chains leading to the homogenization of food.
And best of all we can now put a face to you Sun-Ki. It's reassuringly like the face I imagined,
Posted 13 January 2004 - 02:30 AM
Glad that being able to put a face on me was reassuring and not horrifying. . .
Posted 16 January 2004 - 03:56 PM
the amazing Maunakea food court - the cuisine of about a dozen countries packed into a tiny space
reef fish at Malasig 7 Sisters in the Maunakea market
ube (filipino yam) at the Maunakea market
togan (winter melon) at the Maunakea market
catfish at the Kehaulike market
vegetables at the Kehaulike market
Posted 16 January 2004 - 05:39 PM
Posted 18 January 2004 - 03:24 AM
Michael - is it getting pretty frigid now? Was on the East Coast a few weeks ago with the kids, and now that they're back they're complaining about the lack of snow!