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helen
April 17th, 2004, 10:07 AM
Just conducting a tongue-in-cheek poll here. While I admit that I am bi-manapua person myself I do tend to lean toward baked at times.

Glen Miyashiro
April 17th, 2004, 03:25 PM
Chun Wah Kam over on Kalihi Street offers mini-manapuas by special order. These little guys are about the size of a San Francisco char siu bao, not like the jumbo-sized monsters that Hawaii manapua have become. I always liked 'em for bringing a box to work, because if you bring regular-sized ones all the dieters don't want to eat a whole manapua themselves and end up cutting 'em in half.

Albert
April 17th, 2004, 03:26 PM
I just don't like the stuff at all. I shudder to think what some of that "meat" is some places put in it.

pzarquon
April 17th, 2004, 07:49 PM
Get plenny kine manapua out there. I've recently come across a pizza manapua. Pizzapua? Anyway, it was about as good as you might expect (i.e. not that good). I'm an old fashioned guy, I guess... steamed with char siu. Nothing fancy, just tasty.

Still, Albert, you're right... some things we're better off not knowing. I've been eating lunch with a Chinatown guru, and after hearing the stories he's got for nearly every restaurant and store down there, I'm not sure if I'm ever going to eat in the area again. (Oh, of course I am.) As for mystery meat?

Well, my wife likes to call 'em meow-napua...

Glen Miyashiro
April 17th, 2004, 08:25 PM
Heh! Ever see the Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd? It gives a completely new meaning to "mystery meat". :D

helen
April 19th, 2004, 09:50 PM
Get plenny kine manapua out there. I've recently come across a pizza manapua. Pizzapua?

Was this from a place in Aiea? I remember at one usenet gathering a few years ago someone brought that. I didn't remember the name other than it was located in Aiea.

skchai
May 21st, 2004, 11:22 AM
What i'd really like to see is a Manapuasada - a deep-fried manapua. Fresh out of the fryer - I think everyone would want to buy this. And it would be doubly local.

kukui_nut
May 21st, 2004, 12:17 PM
What i'd really like to see is a Manapuasada - a deep-fried manapua. Fresh out of the fryer - I think everyone would want to buy this. And it would be doubly local.And wrap 'em in Nori to boot!

Eh, living on a neighbor island, this is good info, guys!! Mahalo mucho!!
I'm tired of always eating the Royal Kitchen one my family always brings. For sure, I'm gonna try the one Glen Miyashiro suggesting. :)

(Also, I'll secretly pray that your name not really Glen Miyashiro) :rolleyes:

craigwatanabe
September 20th, 2004, 11:02 AM
Good Manapua and Hilo...a phrase you'll never hear in Hilo.

I'd like to revive this thread. I had to laugh when one of my friends who has never tasted really good Manapua from Oahu told me she loves the stuff and the best she's ever tasted (in Hilo) was from 7-Eleven! Sad to say but she's probably right as there is no really good Dim Sum place here at all. Probably because the Chinese never really settled into Hilo at all. Even the best chinese restaurants are a joke here.

Miulang
September 20th, 2004, 11:06 AM
Good Manapua and Hilo...a phrase you'll never hear in Hilo.

I'd like to revive this thread. I had to laugh when one of my friends who has never tasted really good Manapua from Oahu told me she loves the stuff and the best she's ever tasted (in Hilo) was from 7-Eleven! Sad to say but she's probably right as there is no really good Dim Sum place here at all. Probably because the Chinese never really settled into Hilo at all. Even the best chinese restaurants are a joke here.

eh, if you like make your own (and you get time now dat you retired, yeah Craig? ;) ), go to Alohaworld and Ono Recipes. Go look foa "Miulang's Manapua". I took that to a recent Ohanalanai gathering and everybody there said it was da bess manapua dey ever ate (da secret is da sesame oil in da dough).

Ooooh, now you make me all hungry for grine manapua! Maybe gotta go home and go make some later on.... :)

Miulang

craigwatanabe
September 20th, 2004, 11:42 AM
I hate to tell you this Miulang but I was dea and I no like be mean but I had to call 911 to get my stomach pumped after eating it...NAH! Ho did you see da look on your face after that one?

I'll check it out. I heard if you use the Pilsbury dough mix and steam it, you can make some pretty good manapua with it.

Miulang
September 20th, 2004, 11:52 AM
I hate to tell you this Miulang but I was dea and I no like be mean but I had to call 911 to get my stomach pumped after eating it...NAH! Ho did you see da look on your face after that one?

I'll check it out. I heard if you use the Pilsbury dough mix and steam it, you can make some pretty good manapua with it.
ROFLMAO!!! Can use Pillsbury Dough, but no foget to put lido bit sesame oil insai da dough (maybe 1 Tb). I tell you, DAT's da secret to da onolicious taste of da Hawaii (Chinese) manapua! I wen go do plenny kine trials foa come up with da recipe (dis one basic manapua recipe dat I wen go doctor up so da ting taste like da kine manapua I used to remember from small keed time).


Miulang

BTW: I like da dim sum can get at da Hawaii 7-11s. Wish dey had da same kine up heah...all we get is da kine hot dogs and dried out chili dogs (yuck!)

Linkmeister
September 20th, 2004, 12:18 PM
Was this from a place in Aiea? I remember at one usenet gathering a few years ago someone brought that. I didn't remember the name other than it was located in Aiea.

Pizza manapua can be found at a little place directly across the access road for Aiea Public Library; I've tried it and didn't like it at all. Their char siu manapua is good but occasionally has gobs of gristle, which is emphatically not good.

kamlost
September 20th, 2004, 04:29 PM
steamed is best! fried is good too. But there's nothing like the steamed.

helen
September 20th, 2004, 10:39 PM
Even though I was raised on Kauai, went to college on the Big Island, I never had manapua until I moved to Honolulu.

fvck3k
September 21st, 2004, 01:50 AM
We have a few "local" places that serve Manapua. It's eh...ok, but nothing beats Manapua from Honolulu.

helen
September 21st, 2004, 08:25 AM
steamed is best! fried is good too. But there's nothing like the steamed.
You can fry manapua?

Miulang
September 21st, 2004, 09:36 AM
You can fry manapua?
Anything is possible, if they can deep fry Twinkies and Snickers bars! :eek: But do they put the manapua in batter to deep fry it, or just take an unsteamed manapua and toss it into the fryer?

Miulang

Linkmeister
September 21st, 2004, 10:55 AM
I just had some manapua from the "99 Store" or whatever that's called in Mapunapuna (I didn't pick it up; somebody else did). It was pork, not char siu, and it had very little if any fat or gristle. It comes ready for microwaving or steaming. I've got an electric steamer, which is nice but a pain to clean -- thou shalt not put any part into the dishwasher, it says -- and it took no time at all to fluff up the munchy goodness. They're standard size and come in packages of four.

Tutulady
September 27th, 2004, 12:34 PM
Good Manapua and Hilo...a phrase you'll never hear in Hilo.

I'd like to revive this thread. I had to laugh when one of my friends who has never tasted really good Manapua from Oahu told me she loves the stuff and the best she's ever tasted (in Hilo) was from 7-Eleven! Sad to say but she's probably right as there is no really good Dim Sum place here at all. Probably because the Chinese never really settled into Hilo at all. Even the best chinese restaurants are a joke here.I noticed for some time now that everytime I go back home to the big island, no mo' Sun Sun Lau and Seven Seas are long gone too (not that this was strictly a chinese food place mind you LOL). There was another one but the name escapes me at the moment. Used to be in downtown Hilo. *sighs* Alot of places are gone now, Kress', Project 3, Western Auto, Woolworths (mmmm their chicken was the bestest!). Still get Dairy Queen though! :D

helen
February 1st, 2005, 12:07 PM
Currently munching on a cheeseburger manapua from 7-11. It looks more of a variation of a lup chong manapua, the burger meat is in a saugause form.

1stwahine
February 1st, 2005, 12:50 PM
Char Hung Sut on Pauahi Street. They make excellent 1/2 moon, pork hash, peipeiyau, chow fun, etc. Too bad they're in the middle of...oh, neva mind! :rolleyes:

AbsolutChaos
February 2nd, 2005, 10:24 AM
I don't eat beef or pork; got any recommendations for places that make good NON-beef/pork manapua on Oahu?

:confused:

helen
February 2nd, 2005, 10:51 AM
Depending on the place they might also offer chicken manapua and other fillings.

Glen Miyashiro
February 2nd, 2005, 10:55 AM
There are veggie and chicken manapua out there. But you know, manapua without the pork is like fried chicken without the chicken. Even the name manapua has pig in it (it was originally mea ono pua'a, "the good pork thing").

craigwatanabe
February 3rd, 2005, 05:10 PM
You haven't eaten pork hash until you've eaten at Libby's on Kalihi street! Their half moon is tasty but the pork hash is the bestest of the bestest!

The sad part is that here on the Big Island, the best dim sum comes from your friendly 7-Eleven! Amazing. I was at the Pahoa 7-Eleven and saw their little heated display of Dim Sum. The pork hash tasted like pork trash but their manapua was pretty decent considering the store it was in. Not as good as Chinatown or Kalihi but better than anything else here.

If there's one thing I miss about Honolulu...it's Libby's Manapua! Oh and CompUSA, Circuit City, Zippy's and the host of electronic supply stores like Precision Radio, Honolulu Electronics and Electrical Equipment.

pinakboy
May 26th, 2005, 09:52 AM
I just bought $85 worth of assorted manapua from Island Manapua Factory in Kalihi for my Air Force troops. It was their first breakfast manapua run! lol So all da haole boys and girls seemed to lean toward the baked char siu manapua and the new baked breakfast manapua which had scrambled eggs and portuguese sausage. We had steamed/baked char siu, pork hash, half moon, hot dog manapua, curry chicken manapua, chili and cheese manapua, egg rolls (lumpia) and the breakfast manapua. Should hold the troops up til after lunch! It's my job to introduce the local foods to these haole kids. They dunno what they're missing! lol :p


:)

Lei K
May 27th, 2005, 07:08 AM
Steamed with char siu for me as well. I never got a liking for the baked kind. It doesn't taste like manapua to me. It just tastes like bread stuffed with char siu, like one hot pocket. :p I'm set in my ways. :p Manapua "purist" so to say. :D

poi cocktail :)
May 27th, 2005, 12:35 PM
I never had a good char siu bow yet here (and am from SF). fwiw I prefer the baked kine (since plenty places gyp you on the steam ones mostly dough only no filling!), some places brush the top lightly with sweet sugary coating, and the pork inside is not bright pink colored and has a great sauce. ono!

the bow I had the other day was baked but flaky/crumbly bread like some kind of muffin with the strange colored meat and no sauce. terrible. will keep trying different places till find the right one. fwiw best place for dim sum I ever been is called Yank Sing in SF. killer dishes and cart to table service. "ha gow! siu mai!" :D the best bow come from this place on Broadway St. x Stockton though forget the name. no go around the corner place they let their cat roam free on the counters and food prep areas /wtf

pork hash, you talking bout siu mai ("little drum" dim sums) or the hash "patties" (oh so good on top of rice with scramble eggs etc)

anyone know where makes good hong kong style noodles? dry fried kine. craving some tomato-beef jin mein! :)

poi cocktail :)
May 27th, 2005, 12:49 PM
Yank Sing goodies!

these have taro like mashed root inside, forget what maybe is chinese taro. outside so crispy. pour on some soy sauce and grindage :D
http://www.yanksing.com/images-cover/cover_80.jpg

siu mai http://www.yanksing.com/images-cover/cover_65.jpg

roast duck roll your own bow w/hoisin - not just for banquets!
http://www.yanksing.com/images-cover/cover_37.jpg

poi cocktail :)
May 29th, 2005, 11:55 AM
it would appear today's sunday food section has answered my prayer for a good dim sum place :) also found out a neighbor has connection for two restaurants - won't have to suffer my own cooking for long :p

lurkah
July 19th, 2005, 05:15 AM
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I love this photo (http://starbulletin.com/97/04/09/features/request.html). :D

pinakboy
July 27th, 2005, 01:39 PM
I love this photo (http://starbulletin.com/97/04/09/features/request.html). :Di lovem too!!! who goin manapua run??!! raise yo hand??!!! :D

Mokihana
July 27th, 2005, 02:23 PM
eh, if you like make your own (and you get time now dat you retired, yeah Craig? ;) ), go to Alohaworld and Ono Recipes. Go look foa "Miulang's Manapua". I took that to a recent Ohanalanai gathering and everybody there said it was da bess manapua dey ever ate (da secret is da sesame oil in da dough).

Ooooh, now you make me all hungry for grine manapua! Maybe gotta go home and go make some later on.... :)

Miulang
As one of da lucky ones who wen get to grind Miulang's manapua last Satahday at da gathering, I can attest to da fact dat it was da best manapua I evah wen grine. Perfect size, onolicious flavah... I wish I wen grine moah, but nomo room in da ōpū! :rolleyes:

Miulang
July 27th, 2005, 05:03 PM
As one of da lucky ones who wen get to grind Miulang's manapua last Satahday at da gathering, I can attest to da fact dat it was da best manapua I evah wen grine. Perfect size, onolicious flavah... I wish I wen grine moah, but nomo room in da ōpū! :rolleyes:

<Sigh> So now I gotta Fedex some manapua to Lurkah and you? :p His I guess I can hand carry to Vegas in Sept. and give to him there, but yours going be harder to get to you unless you can wait until me and Panzo holoholo kaa down your side sometime.

Mahalos,
Miulang

Mokihana
July 27th, 2005, 08:09 PM
<Sigh> So now I gotta Fedex some manapua to Lurkah and you? :p His I guess I can hand carry to Vegas in Sept. and give to him there, but yours going be harder to get to you unless you can wait until me and Panzo holoholo kaa down your side sometime.

Mahalos,
Miulang

Well.... oa wen we holoholo ka‘ up yoah way sometime.... OA: how long it wen take u foah make um? We stay talking all day long?
OA: U could gimme mines ones to me firss an DEN to Lurkah!! :D :D :D

Pomai
August 10th, 2005, 09:25 AM
Libby's tops my list (Kalihi st.,, 2 blocks makai of Chun Wah Kam). Plain and simple steamed charsiu manapua with Pork Hash. Das' it!

2nd to that would be Char Hung Sut.

One poster here said they don't eat Manapua because of the "mystery meat" factor. Speaking of which, I heard Libby's (my favorite) uses canned corned beef in their charsiu filling.. but I doubt that's true.. tell me it's not true! lol :D

Pomai
June 27th, 2007, 10:49 AM
As reported in today's Honolulu Advertiser...
Island Manapua in Honolulu sold (http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070627/BUSINESS17/706270374/1071)
Lee announced the sale of Island Manapua's production factory/retail outlet and fee-simple property at 811 Gulick Ave. in Kalihi, as well as its retail outlet at Manoa Marketplace, to Dragon Pacific Investment, owners of Regal Diner at McCully Shopping Center. The new owners don't plan any major changes to the currently profitable business.

Here's a set of IMF's steamed and very popular baked varieties...

http://www.96seven44.com/images/islandmanapuafactory550.jpg
Island Manapua Factory - Baked and Steamed Manapua

Speaking of which, I have yet to try Kwong On, a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant on Waialae ave.. I understand they have really ono baked and steamed Manapua, and last I checked (a few months ago by phone), they were just 65 cents each, making them the best deal in town. Anyone been there?

tikiyaki
June 27th, 2007, 11:58 AM
I'll take Baked with Char Siu Pork...but I like Chicken kine too...they have it here at 99 Ranch.Steam it, then bake it, throw on some Plum sauce. ONO.

cynsaligia
June 27th, 2007, 07:21 PM
my first and only love in terms of manapua is libby's. i, too, am a purist and prefer steamed pork manapua where the meat is red inside and the dough is fluffy, white and moist outside. i could live happily ever after if i never tasted any other kind of manapua, i'm pretty sure. i've tried all kinds of non-red pork manapua and i was always left with the wistful feeling that i should have ordered the usual.

i do like char hung sut but if i do go there it's mostly cause i want their ma tai tsu (sp?) which is about the same size as a pork hash but has a flakier dough and is filled with shrimp (i think) and water chestnuts (i'm pretty sure) and pork (i think).

kwong on has the best BAKED manapua, tho. course, i may be prejudiced bcs i associate their baked manapua with the second meal eric and i had together, back when we were merely dating. *sigh*

sophielynette
June 27th, 2007, 08:37 PM
Ah, that's manapua! Not five minutes after I arrived in Honolulu my Aunt stopped at the 7/11 and made me eat some. I was a bit jetlagged and disoriented, I don't think it quite dawned on me other than the fact that, "Whoa, chinese food in a gas station.." I had the steamed char sui, I believe. Good stuff, that.

Now where to get some in Ohio at 2 in the morning..

ploal5333
June 27th, 2007, 09:00 PM
Kwong On in Kaimuki was cited several times by the Health Dept if I recall. They do have one of the best sesame candies I've tasted tho - not too sweet, not too sticky.

I, too, favor the traditional steamed charsiu manapua. For me it has to be from Char Hung Sut. Their half-moons are great but for ma tai tsu (sp?) I prefer Royal Kitchen...flaky crust, contents not too sweet. Yummm!

Random
June 27th, 2007, 09:46 PM
What the hell is bi-manapua? You steam it then bake it (or vice versa)?

I like both but prefer baked. Can't stand trying to remove the paper on the bottom (I tend to rip the bottom of the manapua, spilling the filling out).

i-hungry
June 27th, 2007, 10:51 PM
I like the traditional cha siu bao served at dim sum. Its the right ratio and portion of bun and meat. The bigger manapua has too much bun.

Hellbent
June 28th, 2007, 07:54 AM
i never had to buy manapua til my mom passed away. she was making custom manapua long before these other places were. i was the happy guinea pig who got to try her ham and cheese, pizza (portugese sausage or pepperoni, cheese, and ragu), and chicken and shiitake creations 10 years ago.
also, i prefer steamed with real pieces of char siu, not the shredded cat kind.

Pomai
June 28th, 2007, 08:31 AM
duplicate post

Pomai
June 28th, 2007, 08:35 AM
<Sigh> So now I gotta Fedex some manapuaHawaii expats on the mainland who visit my blog often ask who or where they can get manapua shipped from. So I called Libby's and inquired about that. In the end, it will cost over $60 for 1 dozen, which involves calling them by phone and placing the order, to which you then must mail a physical check or money order (They don't accept credit cards). Upon reciept of payment, they then ship it out via FedEx, frozen with dry ice.

Zippys.com (http://www.zippys.com/zippys/dept.asp?dept%5Fid=6) ships out 1 dozen Charsiu Manapua for $25.90 and also a 'care pack' that includes 12 pcs of Pork Hash, 6 pcs of Char Siu Pork Manapua, and a Fried Noodle Kit for $37.75. I think shipping is additional, so even that might end up around $50+ out the door.

Ouch.

So you folks on the mainland, you might wanna' look up some good home-made recipes for manapua if you have the craving. I understand it's not that difficult. Some simply use the frozen, premade Pillsbury dinner roll dough.

ploal5333, thanks for the tip on Kwong On. Health dept, shmealth dept... sometimes those "cockaroach" places get da' best grindz! :eek: :o

GypsyLika
June 28th, 2007, 12:18 PM
I don't eat beef or pork; got any recommendations for places that make good NON-beef/pork manapua on Oahu?

:confused:


There's da black shuga manapua. I don't think dats da "correct" name but its what I've always called it. I like Chun Wah Kam's, couple of doors down from Shiro's Saimin, da malasadas place & Zippys. As Aiea, right? I've lived mainland way too long.:D

helen
June 29th, 2007, 05:08 PM
What the hell is bi-manapua? You steam it then bake it (or vice versa)?

Bi-manapua is someone who doesn't care if the manapua available is either streamed or baked, they will eat it.


I like both but prefer baked. Can't stand trying to remove the paper on the bottom (I tend to rip the bottom of the manapua, spilling the filling out).

The Bi-manapua with a preference would be a person having a choice or if they brought an odd number of manapua, the preferred one would be more than the other. For example a bi-manapua with a baked preferred who brought 5 manapua would buy 2 steamed and 3 baked manapua.

Pomai
June 29th, 2007, 05:28 PM
Bi-manapua is someone who doesn't care if the manapua available is either streamed or baked, they will eat it..I guess you can say I'm straight then. I'm not racist, either. I just prefer my steamy buns white. :D :p

Random
June 29th, 2007, 11:03 PM
I guess you can say I'm straight then. I'm not racist, either. I just prefer my steamy buns white. :D :p
I like mine golden brown, like my buns.