Freddie, I'm experiencing my first Hawaiian BBQ @ lunch tomorrow--is that Kaluha Pork the best thing they have? I like Katsu, but usually have that when we order Japanese.
Leftover Kaluha Pig & Cabbage and Chicken Katsu, 1 scoop rice, and 1 scoop Mac Salad.
At Hukilau in San Jose, or in the East Bay?
If you like Sushi you might want to start with some Ahi Poke, which is a raw, fresh Tuna salad tossed with Soy, Sesame Oil, Green Onion & shredded Limu/Nori. I like a Musubi, which is Sushi Rice topped with Grilled/Fried Spam, or Grilled/Fried Portugese Sausage, or Katsu, and wrapped with Nori to hold it in place. Saimin is kinda like Hawaiian Ramen, with better ingredients added to the broth (Kim Chee, Fish Cake, Portugese Sausage, etc.).
For my main meal's protein I like Kalbi or Teryaki Ribs (Korean Beef Short Ribs, cut into 1/2" thick sections & marinated before cooking 'til tender), Chicken Katsu (You know about that), Kaluha Pig with Cabbage (Slow cooked, salty & slightly smokey BBQ Pork with Stir Fried Cabbage).
Other than that you can usually do OK with Grilled or Broiled Fresh Fish (Mahi Mahi! Ono!), a Pork Cutlet (Breaded in Panko crumbs, fried, and, depending on where you are, BBQ Sauce, Teryaki or Brown Gravy on top), Chicken Katsu Curry (Chicken Katsu, with Curry. Duh!), Loco Moco (2 scoops rice, topped with 2 hamburger patties, topped with 2 fried eggs, topped with a ladle or 2 of Brown Gravy. Paniolo-style Stick to your Ribs Breakfast, Bro!), Lau Lau (Butterfish, Chicken, & Pork or Beef, all rolled up in Ti leaves & steamed), Lomi Salmon (kinda like Poke, only with Salt Salmon & Tomatoes), but those might be a little too much Island Style for your first time.
Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Freelance, Ph.D., Th.D., D.F.S.
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