Mmm…plate lunch. It is a quintessential Hawaiian experience. The day before we had passed a plate lunch truck and we vowed to go back to there the next day for lunch. We made good on that promise. Plate lunch is a Hawaiian tradition of generally a main dish combined with white rice and macaroni (mayonnaise) salad and sometimes green salad as well.
My best memory of plate lunch was on the North Shore of Oahu a few years ago when we passed a permanent shrimp truck and bought a plate of garlic shrimp. It was incredible. However, In Kihei we found Kina’ole Grill which proved equally as good in their airbrushed truck of deliciousness.
I ordered the Pulled Pork w/guava BBQ sauce and then added sriracha to the plate. It was so juicy and delicious I ate it faster than I could take a photo of it.
Tamra got the seared ahi w/wasabi cream which proved so delicious nobody got a bite.
Everybody else got the coconut shrimp (real coconut and made to order) – which I can attest to was incredible. It was a good 15 minutes of waiting for the order to be hand prepared. Yum! Outstanding!
If you make it to Hawaii don’t hesitate to hit up a food truck or a Mom & Pop plate lunch shop. You won’t regret it.