Originally Posted by backslashbunny
I'm so jealous of you. I hear that Hawaii has some of the GOAT Asian cuisine.
Just my opinion, but in Hawaii:
Japanese food = excellent, thanks to the large Japanese-American community and the influx of Japanese tourists
Chinese food = good if you like Cantonese food or the local Americanized Chinese food, otherwise it's kinda :( We may have invented the steam table Chinese concept though, so Panda Express owes us big time
Thai food = there are some decent places. I think Keo's might have been one of the first to popularize Thai food in America. I think it's pretty far behind Thai Town in LA, though...some of the really popular places with locals here I find to be pretty meh, but in fairness I probably haven't made it to the (reportedly) best place on this island.
Korean food = This is one of the few places where Koreans have adapted their cuisine to local tastes, in most places it seems that Korean restaurants cater mainly to Koreans. Korean food in Hawaii is sweeter and less spicy on the average, and I'm told really exploded in the 80's after a lot of people got used to eating Korean food in the local hostess bars...The leader in fast food Korean is Yummy's, who became very successful on their meat + 4 banchan plates, and there are a ton of places imitating them now. There's also been a newer wave of immigration so there are a fair number of more "authentic" places along with the ubiquitous local Korean places.
Vietnamese food = IMHO solid, also with some really interesting fusiony cooking coming from places like Pig and the Lady
Filipino food = I'm no expert but I think there are a lot of pretty great places for that here. Even generic plate lunch places will serve Filipino classics like chicken adobo. The Filipino community is very big here, so Filipino chains like Max's of Manila and Jollibee have opened outposts.
Indian food = lol (ok, I haven't really tried any of the places here but there are only like three...)
Originally Posted by Mr. Wedgewood
Decided to head to Don Quijote (supermarket/dept chain in Japan) next door to pick up some snacks. Hint: there is Don Quijote in Yakuza...
Couldn't resist the ramen shop next door
For those taking note - the ramen shop in the picture is actually an outpost of Santouka. They have a few unique to Hawaii menu items for those familiar with them elsewhere, like the pictured loco moco...