At My Kitchen Table has moved to Hawaii !
The last few of years have been a series of fits and starts and ever shifting priorities that have rearranged everyone’s lives, my own included. I found myself longing for the easiness of my day to day life I left behind in the tropics. A plan was quietly fermenting for an eventual return. So when a window of opportunity finally arrived I jumped at the chance and booked a flight to Honolulu.
Once again I was” figuratively” packing up “my kitchen table and heading back to the Asia Pacific. A serendipitous offer for a place to live in the middle of Honolulu’s ethnically diverse Chinatown was a cooks dream. I have been exploring every imaginable Asian cuisine in the street, as well as restaurants, shops, and markets all within a few short blocks of my own kitchen.
Luckily I also live directly across the street from Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery at 1027 Maunakea Street where you will find Honolulu’s most popular Char Siu Manapua (Hawaiian) Char Siu Bao (Cantonese) steamed buns filled with Asian barbecued pork. Crowds queue up at the door every morning at 7am sharp!
Char Siu Baoare Chinese steamed buns filled with barbecued pork have got to be my favorite alternative wake up and smell the coffee breakfast, be it in a Chinatown coffee shop in New York, LA, Honolulu, or from my local 7 Eleven back in Chiang Mai! Steamy hot billowing white clouds of dough bursting with the aroma of barbecued char siu pork along with a seriously strong cuppa java with a pinch of Hawaiian salt kick starts the day Asian style.
You may also want to try making your own char siu bao at home. It requires a few easy steps but well worth the effort as well as an open invitation to get creative with seasonings and flavors added to the filling.
I posted a recipe for Char Siu Bao back in 2014 (Clicke here for recipe) which you might enjoy, especially if they are not available where you live.
Honolulu’s Kekaulike Market place at 1039 Kekualiki Street in Chinatown is
Open daily. Best to get there early for local produce, meats, poultry, seafood, herbs and spices, woks, kitchenware’s, and you name it.
Hawaiian favorites as well as the ethnic cuisines from all over Asia are all available right here in Honolulu’s Chinatown.
Chinatown also has a burgeoning art scene well worth exploring!
Join in on the fun !
It is free and don’t miss out on all the food and fun
to be had here in Hawaii!