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    Lots of you who read the Kaukau Korner threads are surely "foodies" who watch The Food Network on a regular basis. I'll admit it, I am and I do.

    As you know, TFN has a series going titled "The Best Thing I Ever Ate". Great show.

    The most recent episode featured a segment where 'Unwrapped' host Marc Summers boasted that the "Best thing I (Marc) ever ate" was a "Creme Brulee with Fresh Lilikoi" from Mama's Fish House in Paia, Maui.

    Which begs to ask to ask the question from you awesome HT folks out there: What is "The Best Thing You Ever Ate in Hawaii". I mean THE BEST. THE BEST OF THE BEST. SECOND TO NONE. It blew every other variation or competition of it away.

    The "rule" of this thread is that it has to have been either served or made in Hawaii. It could be a made-in-Hawaii food product. A Hawaii-based restaurant dish. Your Grandma's dish. Your dad's dish. Your mom's dish. Your dish. Your dog or cat's dish. You name it. As long as it was made/raised/grown/produced and consumed right here in the 808 state.

    Have fun!

    I'll add mines later after I think about it.
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    I was about to post something until I realized it's a food thread

    Greatest thing...possibly the first time I had pork adobo at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Lowery View Post
    I was about to post something until I realized it's a food thread .
    Yeah, that was kinda' lame how I phrased that first sentence, gotta' admit. lol

    Anyways, OK, I arlready have a reply! (like talking to myself)

    ONE (just 1) of the BEST THINGS I EVER ATE in HAWAII (on Oahu, or more specifically on the North Shore) was the LOCO MOCO from COUNTRY KITCHEN in KAA'AWA (which used to be located next to 7-ELEVEN near the Post Office). This, after a long day of jet skiing and swimming.

    That deep bowl of perfectly-steamed white rice. That flavor-packed yet simple char-grilled beef burger patty. That deep 'n rich brown gravy. Them two perfectly fried sunnyside-up, runny yolk eggs on top. The sauteed onions. The hunger. The ocean. The hunger. The ocean. The Loco Moco. The ocean. The.... Oh My God!

    Sometimes it's not always food for what it is or how it tastes, but the ambiance and situation that make food become more than just that.

    Almost RELIGIOUS. Only when it reaches a spiritual level can it become "The Best Thing I Ever Ate".

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    Awesome thread idea!

    So hard to choose the BEST BEST BEST thing I ever ate, but I guess I can "cheat" like the Food Network guys and put it into categories!

    "Best example of how wonderful traditional sushi can be if the seafood is excellent" -- Ikura nigiri @ Mitch's

    "Best Poke" -- Spider poke @ Tokkuri Tei



    "Best Prime Rib" -- @ Volcano House

    "Best Miso Soup" -- @ Hakkei



    So many more that I can't think of right now! I need to take a break from these thoughts before I get too hungry at this late hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dyasu View Post
    "Best example of how wonderful traditional sushi can be if the seafood is excellent" -- Ikura nigiri @ Mitch's)
    I SO need to visit Mitch's. Like TOP PRIORITY!

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    The Okinawan Pig's Feet Soup, a.k.a. "Ashitibitchi" from Violet' Grill is also up there with "The Best Things I Ever Ate" in Hawaii...


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    I need to learn how to post pictures!

    The best Tomato dish I ever ate was at Spago on Maui. My friend chef Cameron made me a whole tasting menu and one of the courses were all tomato. The best part of it was the tomato water. He takes a couple pounds of Maui tomatoes and mashes them up and hangs them from the ceiling in cheese
    cloth overnight and the water that drips down is the most highly concentrated beautiful essence of the tomato it is clear somewhat yellow and absolutely amazing! The whole trio of dishes were so beautifully plated.

    OMG!!!!!! I figured out how to do it! Tomato water on right!
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    My mother used to make a pot of pork spareribs and dry shredded daikon, simmered in shoyu, water, sugar, salt and pepper. It was so onoliscious and I haven't seen anyone else make it. One of my older sisters makes a pretty good one. I had the very best Ossa Buco at the Swiss Inn way back when.

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    Custard Pie from Kane`ohe Bakery. NOTHING stands up to that yellow-y goodness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    Custard Pie from Kane`ohe Bakery. NOTHING stands up to that yellow-y goodness.
    Leo, that was my late grandmother's favorite Custard Pie as well. Don't forget next door to Kaneohe Bakery is Deluxe Pastry Shop, who are "famous" for their Apple and Coconut Turnovers!

    Quote Originally Posted by D'Alani
    My mother used to make a pot of pork spareribs and dry shredded daikon, simmered in shoyu, water, sugar, salt and pepper. It was so onoliscious and I haven't seen anyone else make it.
    This sounds like an Okinawan dish. Anything with Pork, daikon, shoyu and sugar gotta' be! And I LOVE IT!

    Another very recent "Best Thing I Ever Ate in Hawaii" is the Oxtail Soup from The Alley Restaurant at Aiea Bowl...



    In my opinion, The Alley's Oxtail Soup easily beats out Kapiolani Coffee Shop, while I'm still not sure if it beats out my other "Best Thing I Ever Ate" Oxtail Soup at Pho Bistro 2...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    This sounds like an Okinawan dish. Anything with Pork, daikon, shoyu and sugar gotta' be! And I LOVE IT!

    Another very recent "Best Thing I Ever Ate in Hawaii" is the Oxtail Soup from The Alley Restaurant at Aiea Bowl...
    I love oxtail soup! And I used to hang out at Aiea Bowling Alley (haven't been there in a long time or tasted their oxtail soup). My best memory of oxtail soup is the one from the original Kapiolani Coffee Shop, where the Convention Center is now located.

    Speaking of memories and things Okinawan, sometimes, the best youve ever eaten is simply a memory of a taste from your past, something that really cant be duplicated today (for whatever reasons).

    Two of my memories:

    --My grandmas shoyu pork (rafute). She made hers thin (about 2 inches long by 1/2 inch wide) and always with the rind, which for me was important. Lots of fat, a little bit of meat, but it was cooked so long the fat and meat simply melted in your mouth as you chewed on the rind. Heavenly! A little went a long way.

    --My moms sparerib soup (sokibuni ni shimun). This sounds like its going to be really greasy and fatty and unhealthy, but its not. The preparation is very similar to pigs feet soup, but the result is something that is surprisingly light and refreshing, very different from the hearty and savory pigs feet soup (which I also like). With sparerib soup, the vegetables really stand out (carrots, daikon, Chinese mustard cabbage, shitake mushrooms, konbu, and the hint and aroma of ginger). The meat is almost an afterthought. Perhaps this is because my mom used country style ribs. Hers is the only sparerib soup Ive ever tasted, so I cant testify about the use of other styles of rib, or other recipes. But then again, as far as I know, Okinawan sparerib soup is not on the menu at any local restaurant or available at any other outlet. It is only available at home. Correct me if Im wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    This sounds like an Okinawan dish. Anything with Pork, daikon, shoyu and sugar gotta' be! And I LOVE IT!
    Sounds kinda champuru-esque, don't it? Now, just add goya...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    Sounds kinda champuru-esque, don't it? Now, just add goya...
    Been there, done that!

    Moving on to another genre, I hereby proclaim the "Best Steak I Ever Ate in Hawaii" was from BLT Steak in the new Trump Tower Waikiki...



    The dry-aged prime beef was so INTENSELY flavored and tender, where as you see, I literally was able to cut through it with the BLUNT side of my fork. I could cut it with just my fork, kid you not!

    And When it hit my mouth, it melted like BUTTAH. Beef buttah. Deep, deep "Beef Buttah". Oh. My. God.





    While BLT Steak's sides didn't quite measure-up to the price of admission, their prime-grade, dry-aged 1800 broiled beef ribeye steak was by far one of the "Best Things I Ever Ate in Hawaii" recently.

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    I will have to contribute after I go get pictures, but the roast pig at noodle express in DC is in the top 5.
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    Geez. Anyone can come up with some of the best things he or she has ever eaten; then it just becomes another "Let's talk about good food" thread. The challenge of coming up with THE best thing one has ever eaten is HUGE. I know we've been through this before, where I set up a question and draw a line and half the people are willing to stick to the line while everyone else wants to wimp out (yeah! I said it!) and say, "Well I can't come up with ONE so here are SOME of my favorite..."

    C'mon! Use those critical thinking skills! Narrow your list down and really examine each item and decide, at least for today, what the BEST thing you ever ate is.

    Sadly, I'm not sure exactly what my best thing was. Oh, I know the dish; I just don't remember what it was called. I had the omakase service at Sushi Sasabune a couple of years ago (best meal I ever had), and the first course was about six slices each of two kinds of sashimi in a lovely ponzu sauce. I had no idea sashimi could be that good. I guess I didn't know food could be that good. I wish I'd known that that was going to be the best of many really, really good courses, 'cause I might have asked to have it last. Almost everything I had after that was awesome, but nothing was as good as that first course.

    Sad that I have such expensive taste. I've never been back, and I honestly don't see it happening again in the foreseeable future. I dropped $124 on just myself that night, something I simply can't afford to do. I couldn't afford it that night either, really, and suffered because of it. But holy moly, what a great plate of sashimi.
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    Cinnabuns(The legal kind)
    Brownies(The not so legal kind) It's better to feel good than to taste good.

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    The absolute best thing I've ever eaten was Lamb Shanks braised in Red Wine and a Rissotto made with Porcini mushrooms. The dinner was served with a very fine Cabernet Sauvignon. 3 friends on a Saturday night.

    oh, and I cooked it in my own kitchen.
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    OK Scriv', so I "whimped out" and let down my standard, submitting not what I thought was the BEST OF THE BEST, bust some of the best. But really, each and every dish I submitted here at the very moment I consumed them? At that VERY MOMENT in my world, on my palate, and in my mind really was "The Best Thing I Ever Ate". Honestly!

    Actually, "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" Food Network program has a number of different episodes now, with each "Best Thing I Ever Ate" based on a particular topic. There are episodes titled "Totally Fried", "Bar-B-Que", "With Bacon", "Sugar Rush", "Between Bread", "Pizza" and a few more.

    So say we had a topic on this thread titled "In a Bowl", and I had to choose between the Pig's Feet Soup from Violet's Grill and the Oxtail Soup from The Alley or Pho Bistro 2, I'm going with the Pig's Feet Soup from Violet's Grill. As stated in my blog write-up, "This is by far the BEST Pigs Feet Soup Ive ever had. Possibly the best bowl of soup in general Ive ever had."

    That in mind, since we're tightening the rules here, let's create a list of "Best Thing I Ever Ate" (in Hawaii) topics to fall under so it doesn't go "all over the place".

    Playing off The Food Network show's topics, here's a starter list...

    The Best Thing I Ever Ate - HT Edition TOPICS:
    "Oodles of Noodles" (includes pasta too)
    "Aloha in a Bowl" (Not sure whether Ramen should fall either here or under "oodles of noodles"; any suggestions?)
    "Sandwich Islands" (anything between or on bread)
    "Hit on the Hibatchi" (anything barbecued, grilled or smoked)
    "Cow Cow" (get it, "kaukau"; anything made with what else? Excludes dairy foods like cheese)
    "Hawaiian Hometown" (what you remember from your hometown as being "TBTIEA")
    "Hawaiian Holiday" (mom's ultimate Thanksgiving Day Ham, grandma's amazing New Year's Mochi...that kine stuff)
    "Gold Coast" (anything, regardless of its topic, from a restaurant that was more than $50 for the dish or entire meal for 1 person)
    "Sugarcane Train" (hey, gotta' have some Hawaii plantation flare to it!)

    I'm still trying to think of creative names for the topic of CHEESE, BACON, FRIED, FILLED, MADE BY HAND, BREAKFAST, OBSESSION and PIZZA. Also, there's probably a few more topics that are exclusive to Hawaii that we need to think of.

    I'll certainly submit that AMAZING and unforgettable prime, dry-aged 1800 seared Ribeye Steak from BLT Steak in Trump Tower Waikiki as my choice for "The Best Think I Ever Ate" - "Cow Cow".

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    Quote Originally Posted by anapuni808 View Post
    The absolute best thing I've ever eaten was Lamb Shanks braised in Red Wine and a Rissotto made with Porcini mushrooms. The dinner was served with a very fine Cabernet Sauvignon. 3 friends on a Saturday night.

    oh, and I cooked it in my own kitchen.
    This sounds delicious! Recipe please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honoruru View Post
    Two of my memories:

    --My grandma’s shoyu pork (rafute). She made hers thin (about 2 inches long by 1/2 inch wide) and always with the rind, which for me was important. Lots of fat, a little bit of meat, but it was cooked so long the fat and meat simply melted in your mouth as you chewed on the rind. Heavenly! A little went a long way.

    --My mom’s sparerib soup (sokibuni ni shimun). This sounds like it’s going to be really greasy and fatty and unhealthy, but it’s not. The preparation is very similar to pig’s feet soup, but the result is something that is surprisingly light and refreshing, very different from the hearty and savory pig’s feet soup (which I also like). With sparerib soup, the vegetables really stand out (carrots, daikon, Chinese mustard cabbage, shitake mushrooms, konbu, and the hint and aroma of ginger). The meat is almost an afterthought. Perhaps this is because my mom used country style ribs. Hers is the only sparerib soup I’ve ever tasted, so I can’t testify about the use of other styles of rib, or other recipes. But then again, as far as I know, Okinawan sparerib soup is not on the menu at any local restaurant or available at any other outlet. It is only available at home. Correct me if I’m wrong.
    I have yet to "master" making rafute. While mines comes out good, it just doesn't seem to be as good as how an Okinawan neighbor of my mom's made his.

    That sokibuni ni shimun sounds oishii! I think Utage (next to Young's Fish Market) has that dish.

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    How about giggling small kid time when you heard that the botoniko was being cooked?

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    Breakfast - a bowl of oatmeal with tons of butter/raw Hawaiian sugar, covered in coconut milk. Served with mom's crepe-ish cottage cheese pancakes. This will allow me to forget the side bacon.

    Lunch - My burger. Mix Lays sour cream & onion tater chips into the ground beef and grill in an iron skillet til fairly burnt. Serve on a buttered pan toasted quality bun, with mayo and Bullseye BBQ soz.
    Maybe two.

    Dinner - Candied Boston Baked Beans. Mix a can of pork & beans w/plenty onion, bacon, and maple syrup. Dump onto a flat pan and into the oven to broil (top heat). Stir occassionally to allow moisture to dis until it comes real thick. The last and most important thing - Beano.

    Repeat every day.

    Sticking to the rules - ribs from some caterer. I didn't get the recipe and now I've forgotten the name. So melt in-yo-mouth succulent you'd wanna eat the bone too.

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    My wife's cooking! Anything else would be cause for divorce
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    Pho Bistro Oxtail Soup! Glad I saw someone else post it too!

    This thread is going to increase my need for hiking to burn off the calories I'm going to eat as a result of seeing all these tasty food suggestions!
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