Koko Head Cafe – Honolulu

koko head cafe

This place is fabulous!!!

On my amazing trip to Hawaii this summer, I was spoiled to eat so much delicious food.  I told my yobo we definitely had to move to Hawaii.  The beaches are beautiful and the weather is gorgeous, but I would move there just for the food.  It is unbelievable!!!

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Because Hawaii’s history has many immigrants that came to work the sugar and pineapple plantations, the cuisine includes a wonderful fusion of many different cultural foods.  Hawaiian food includes a mixture of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Filipino, South East Asian as well as Korean foods.  Kimchi is considered a traditional Hawaiian food.  The Koko Head Cafe embraces this and serves a Hawaiian brunch menu that includes elements from all different backgrounds.

koko headI was so spoiled to go to the Koko Head Cafe with Travis, one of the cooks that work there.  He is my friend’s sister’s boyfriend.  He is very passionate about food and excited about his job working with Chef Lee Ann Wong. So much so, that I begged him come to the restaurant with us after he finished a shift to give me a running commentary on all the menu items.  It was so fun to have him explain everything to us.

The menu included so many things that sounded so delicious.  I could keep going back just to try everything! It took me a long time to decide, but I ordered the Korean sounding things: the kimchi bacon cheddar scone

kimci bacon sconeand breakfast bibimbap (mixed rice) – bacon, Portuguese sausage, heritage ham, kimchi, soy-mirin shiitake mushrooms, ong choy, sesame carrots & bean sprouts, sunny up egg, served over crispy garlic rice in a hot skillet.

breakfast bibimbap

here is my bibimbap, all bibim-ed!

bibimbap

Travis also treated us to all day dumplings. I may or may not have licked the plate of these!

dumplings

Oh my! It was all so fabulous.  And after I had a bite of everyone else’s food, they had to roll me out of the restaurant.

So if you, by great fortune, find yourself in Honolulu, do yourself a favour, grab a coffee and wait in the ridiculously long line up outside of Koko head cafe.  It is well worth it! Thanks Travis, I’ll be back! 🙂

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Ramen burger – L & L Hawaiian barbecue

ramen burger

“It’s so tasty… you gotta try it!”

What screams deliciousness more than a ramen burger?!?!  Bbq’ed chicken and greens sandwiched between chewy fried ramen noodles. Need I say more? Whoever thought of this was a genius!

So where do you get one you are asking.  Well, unfortunately or fortunately, they are sold in Hawaii at the L&L Hawaiian Barbecue restaurant chain. If you didn’t have a reason to go to Hawaii before, now you do!

Beach

My fabulous friend, who lives in Hawaii, got married and my equally fabulous friend took me along as a surprise.  We had a fabulous week filled with fun, friends, family and food! It was… fabulous!

Hawaii

So one day, in the midst of last minute wedding errands, we saw this advertisement:

Ramen burger

How could we not stop and try one?  And while we were at it, why not try them all?  (Except the vegetarian patty of course!)

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Now just in case you thought we threw all caution to the wind and ate three burgers, we were conscientious that the bride-to-be had a pretty white gown to be in, so we cut the three burgers in thirds and sampled them all.  The beef patty was good, the loco moco, which has a fried egg on top, was better, but the bbq chicken was the best.  It was almost too much deliciousness in one bite!

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They were so good, we got the t-shirt!  Now to try and make them at home!