Pah Ke’s Chinese Restaurant, Kaneohe

A neighborhood Chinese restaurant cooking up dishes influenced by the top chefs in Hawaii Regional Cuisine and serving world-class Western desserts. It’s enough to make your head spin!


Pah Ke’s Chinese Restaurant

Pah Ke's Chinese Restaurant Kaneohe

One of the things I was craving for when thinking about our trip back to Hawaii was Minute Chicken Cake Noodle. This is a dish that was originated in Hawaii, at the On On Chinese Restaurant on McCully Ave in Honolulu. Wheat noodles are cooked, pressed down into a flat cake, about a half an inch thick, and then pan-fried until the outside is crispy. Top it with some fried boneless pieces of chicken and an oyster-based sauce, and you’ve got a delightful meal.

We hadn’t had a chance to get Minute Chicken Cake Noodle on our two previous trips back to Hawaii, so I was really looking forward to going to On On this time around. But then my friend Billy said that the Minute Chicken Cake Noodle at Pah Ke’s was better than On On. I hadn’t heard of Pah Ke’s before. Intrigued, we set up a time to meet there for dinner.

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Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, Honolulu

One of the things I put on my list of “things to eat” when on our recent trip back to Hawaii was a good burger. Fortunately, there are a few establishments that contend for “best burgers in Honolulu”. After reading this piece on The Gathering Place called “Battle of the Burgers”, I decided to try Teddy’s Bigger Burgers at their new location on Beretania Ave in Mo’ili’ili near University. Annie’s friends took us there for dinner one evening.

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers – University Location

teddy's bigger burgers

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Malasada Day

The day before Ash Wednesday (when the Christian season of Lent begins) is known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. It is celebrated as Mardi Gras in places influenced by French culture, like the bawdy celebrations down in New Orleans. But in Hawaii, it has another name: Malasada Day.

Happy Malasada Day in Hawaii

Leonard Jr's Malasada Stand Waikele

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Ono Pops and Grilled Abalone @ KCC Farmers’ Market

We found some delicious cool and hot grinds at the popular Saturday KCC Farmers’ Market in Honolulu.

KCC Farmers Market

Annie and I are suckers for farmers’ markets. There’s just something magical about being in the open air, browsing (and grazing) the different stalls for whatever is in season at that moment. Whether it’s sand dabs in Saratoga, pimientos de padron (and pervs) in Palo Alto, California mangosteens in San Carlos, slurpaliciously fresh oysters in San Francisco, a delicious Japanese bento lunch in Austin, fiddlehead ferns at a Kuching night market, water apples at Kuching’s Satok Market, cat’s eyes in Serian, or live chickens in newspaper tubes at Sibu’s Central Market, you never know what you’re gonna find.

So even though we’d barely gotten off the plane from Taiwan, we knew there was no way we were missing the Saturday farmers’ market at KCC (Kapiolani Community College). It’s my neighborhood farmers’ market – situated on the backside of Diamond Head – and a foodie destination for locals and tourists alike.

What new foodie finds would we discover on this trip?

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