Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hawaii Travelogue: Big Island Eats

2 months after our trip, I'm finally ready to talk food!  I will first say that we chose to visit Big Island to focus on natural beauty and eco-adventures (snorkeling, manta rays, volcano, waterfalls, etc.), but we had good eats nonetheless.

Sam Choy's Kai Lanai - Seared Poke
Fantastic flavors and the searing made this version of poke more palatable for our son :)

Da Poke Shack - From top: Pele's Kiss, Cucumber Salad, and Sesame Poke
Da Poke Shack had SO many poke variants.  Pele's Kiss was our favorite with its spicy aioli kick.

Saimin (from Big Island Grill and Sam Choy's Kai Lanai)
Saimin is a Hawaiian fusion dish inspired by Japanese ramen and Chinese noodle soup.  Toppings typically include roasted pork, scrambled eggs, dumplings, and greens in a dashi broth base.  The kids particularly loved this.

Broke Da Mouth Grindz - Garlic Chicken / Teriyaki Beef Plate and (giant) Garlic Shrimp
One of my favorites from the trip!  The Garlic Shrimp dish was especially good and bursted with savory garlic flavor.

Tex Drive In - Pineapple and Chocolate-filled Malasadas
After hiking to see the waterfalls on the Hilo side of the island, Tex Drive In was a nice stop on our way back to Kona.  They had great Hawaiian dishes like Loco Moco and also had 10+ fillings you could pick for your Malasadas.

Big Island Grill - Haupia (coconut pudding) Ice Cream Pie
You can't leave the island without trying some kind of haupia.  This massive (and delicious!) slice of pie was enough to feed the 6 of us.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend :)


  1. Wow the food looks great, I gotta try some of these treats when I'm on the big island.

  2. The pineapple and chocolate-filled malasadas look insanely good!!

  3. looks like a great trip! Adrian and I have been talking about going to Hawaii sometime too. these food pics are making a pretty good case for it now. :)

    cute & little

  4. yum, I love your food posts! I'm feeling nostalgic over Hawaii. I love Da Poke Shack!



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