we had a pretty full day planned for our last day in hawaii (saturday), and it began with some tasty dim sum with cameron’s parents and their friends kevin and monica. we went to the tiny china town and ate at won kee restaurant:
the dim sum was quite tasty. i don’t know if it’s as good as the best dim sum in L.A., but it was very respectable. random assortment #1:
on the above plate there is (clockwise) siu mai (shao mai), a yummy seafood mix wrapped in bean curd, turnip cake, char seu chueng fun (bbq pork in the big white noodle thing), chives and shrimp dumpling, and no mai gai (sticky rice with chicken).
random assortment #2:
pictured above is (clockwise) ha gao (shrimp dumpling), pork and other stuff wrapped in bean curd, pork and scallop dumpling, bo lo bao (pineapple bun with custard), char seu bao, egg roll, and in the center some sort of dumpling.
the seafood bean curd thing was something i don’t see at other dim sum places, and it was really tasty! it had this really yummy fish in it. the bo lo bao (my favorite dim sum) was pretty good here, but i like the top part to be a little sweeter and more crumbly. the custard inside was extremely creamy and smooth though.
after that cameron’s parents spent the afternoon driving us around the island.
first stop: national memorial cemetery of the pacific
the national memorial cemetery of the pacific is located near the punchbowl, and it’s a memorial for people who served in WWII, the vietnam war, and the korean war. it also contains the courts of the missing, honoring more than 10,000 people from those wars. there’s a large walkway with murals showing some of the major battles, and there’s also a really nice lookout point nearby.
after that, we drove to the dole plantation! pineapple!
the dole plantation is a total tourist trap (but i love it). they have the world’s largest maze, the pineapple express, a plantation garden tour, and plenty of photo opportunities:
i wanted to go see all the attractions, but they charge admission for everything! 🙁 i didn’t get to go that day, but one day i want to go to the maze! i did buy some stuff at the enormous gift shop. the dole plantation is totally the man in hawaii (like starbucks and microsoft). they even had an informational panel about that:
i really wanted to try the dole pineapple softserve but the line was too long. i liked the dole plantation a lot though… pineapples are so happy!
then we kept driving to the north shore to look for the tasty shrimp truck and to get shave ice. we found one of giovanni’s trucks, but it was sold out. 🙁 they said there was another truck farther down the road, but first we got shave ice at aoki’s:
apparently there is a more famous shave ice place nearby, but cameron’s parents said this one is just as good.
mr. taketa had the rainbow one, mrs. taketa had mango and some other tropical fruit, cameron had the sunset one, and i had one with blue hawaii (?) and some other tropical flavors with some li hing on top. i also got ice cream and red beans in mine:
mmm… the red bean and ice cream was really good. the ice kept melting though, so we tried to eat it faster, but…
BRAIN FREEZE!!! (best picture of cameron)
we kept driving after that, and then we saw it…
giovanni’s shrimp truck! this truck sold only one type of shrimp:
deliciously fresh and juicy garlic shrimp. even though i wasn’t a huge fan of the way the shrimp was cooked (and swimming in oil), the shrimp itself was very good. they were pretty large, tasted fresh, and had good texture.
after our shrimp stop, we drove around more, stopped at some scenic places, and enjoyed the nice weather.
for dinner, we went to yasura for some tasty ramen:
i was craving ramen the whole week we were in hawaii, so i ordered the big bowl that had everything in it:
cameron called it my dream bowl of ramen because it had so many different toppings. corn, hard boiled egg, seaweed, shrimp tempura, pork, chicken katsu, bamboo, napa, bean sprouts, and a couple other types of vegetables. it was all very delicious. the only thing i didn’t like as much was the broth. initially it was okay, but by the end, it was much too salty. this was not like the delicious udon broth i had at jimbo’s. still, it was a very satisfying bowl of ramen.
and speaking of dream bowls of ramen, here’s mine: the broth of jimbo’s with fresh ramen topped with two (or three?) soy sauce/tea eggs, two poached eggs (cooked until the yolk has just solidified), corn, fried fish cake, vegetables, and maybe a slice of pork. mmm… so good.
cameron had the mapo tofu ramen:
his was not quite as large as mine, but he said it was quite good and not too spicy.