Tuesday, June 29, 2010
My "Foody" Adventures in Hawaii! - The Island of Hawaii Kona Coast
On my family vacation to Kona, I tried a bunch of different Hawaiian food. Hawaiian food is kind of a cross between American and Japanese food. It's really fresh and good. The first thing I tried was Musubi. Musubi is like a big ol' sushi roll except everything is cooked. I had a combination of Masubi from the L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. The L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is a local Hawaiian take-out place. I had a Portugee sausage roll, a SPAM roll and a teriyaki chicken roll. They were awesome! I also tried an ahi-ahi Musubi roll which was fried tuna. My favorite Musubi roll is the SPAM one.
Other things I tried were Malasadas from Tex Drive-In in Waimea. A malasada is a Portugee doughnut. It's basically a giant doughnut hole that you can fill with cream, guava, cherry, pretty much any type of berry jelly and then it's rolled in sugar. At Tex Drive-In you can watch them making the fresh malasadas while you wait and they are fresh and hot out of the grease! I had a guava filled malasada, an unfilled malasada and a cherry malasada. I liked them all....although the cherry one was a little bit sour. My sister loved malasadas even though she said, "I don't want to try malasadas Logan." She tried it and loved them. On the way back down the Kona Coast we stopped at the Waimea Farmer's Market. This market had a lot of delicious looking food and island products which included lychee nuts and Parker Ranch beef. We bought a bag of fresh lychee nuts and some local beef jerky from a vendor. I tried teriyaki pork from a vendor named Aunty Kanai who made her own teriyaki marinade/sauce. We bought a jar and took it back with us. We made our own teriyaki chicken with it. It was awesome.
We went to a delicious hole-in-the-wall sushi place in downtown Kaialua-Kona called Hayashi's which means "create your own" roll. I ordered some take-out sushi which was teriyaki chicken, spicy tuna roll and a California roll. This was the BEST sushi I've ever had! It was so fresh, right out of the ocean and they just do it perfectly.
So, if you are ever visiting the Big Island, I highly recommend L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and Tex Drive-In AND for the sushi lover, Hayashi's. For the basic eater like my sister Rylee, I'd recommend Bubba Gump's! ALOHA