One last post about the food in Hawaii. There were dishes in Hawaii we have never had before. If someone recommended it, we tried it.
This is loco moco. It's a hamburger patty over rice with onions, gravy and a fried egg on top. There was a scoop of macaroni salad on the side. All I could think is how this is like a Hawaiian version of the Rochester Garbage Plate.
We had shave ice a couple times. It's like a super awesome snow cone. The ice is super fine like snow. We debated whether to get it at the famous Matsumoto's or Aoki's. We had Aoki's but to be honest, I think I liked the shave ice at Hula Dog best.
Hula Dog was pretty amazing too. (Hula Dog used to be Puka Dog, but the owners split and they both kept a branch with a different name) They take a bun that is not sliced but has a hole "drilled" through it, toast the INSIDE of the bun by putting the bun on a hot rod, then insert the hot dog into the hole. They squirt toppings into the hole with the hot dog... stuff like pineapple or mango relish. The best sauce is the spicy garlic lemon sauce. It sounds weird but is SO GOOD!
"Plate lunch" is popular in Hawaii. Basically it's kind of like bento but with Western food added in. Well, West for Japan but East for Hawaii? It's a take out container with rice and meat like teriyaki. Again a scoop of macaroni salad might be on the side. This one had a slice of pickled radish. Note I did not care for the hot dog this one included.
This was one of my favorite things to eat while we were in Hawaii. Spam musubi. Rice and spam and sometimes sesame seeds, fried egg or seaweed.
The days Aaron had duty, I would pick one of these up at the corner store (often an ABC store which was literally on every corner) and take it down to the beach with a can of Hawaiian Sun for lunch.