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Hawaiian Food Trip: Maui: Part 1

Korean BBQ Beef Plate

We landed at Kahului Airport, Maui in the afternoon flying in from Honolulu. Our first day consisted of grocery shopping and getting ourselves organized for the next few days of adventure. My friends who had been here told me to pack lunches during our outings because the places we visited often didn’t have any restaurants or food nearby. The condo we rented had all the amenities including a cooler, beach towels, beach chairs, and boogie board. I still packed myself a foldable cooler bag just in case.

Haleakala National Park

In researching Haleakala National Park, I found many people recommend to come either for sunrise or sunset. But as we were traveling with small children we just headed out at a time which was convenient for us; after breakfast. We set our GPS to the Haleakala National Park Visitor Centre. I suggest researching as much as you can if you plan on doing some hiking.

It was a rainy and foggy day. My husband and I didn’t think it was scary driving up the narrow winding road but that’s because we couldn’t see down. When we paid for parking, the lady at the gate said, “Don’t worry, it’s sunny up there.” I thought to myself, “How did she know?” Duh, if you’re above the clouds, of course it’s sunny. It was a beautiful sight once we got up there. I kicked myself for not dressing a little warmer. Even with our spring jackets, it wasn’t enough. I saw people with winter jackets! I couldn’t have stayed long anyways because I got altitude sickness. On the drive down, I felt so tired that I fell asleep. Luckily, my husband didn’t get sick and drove on. Our tire pressure indicator lit up as we were driving down. I did a quick search on my phone and realized that it was normal for the tire pressure to go down when driving up high altitudes.

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

We originally wanted to do a submarine tour with the kids but you have to be at least 36 inches tall and our toddler girl was 2 inches too short. I found another tour in one of the guidebooks I picked up at the airport. Also, if you stroll on the main streets in Lahaina, you can find different tours there too. We found a glass bottom boat company called Reef Dancer and it was even better. I know it would be cool to be in a submarine but the prices are so much cheaper taking the glass bottom boat. The service was friendly and helpful and we even got snacks and drinks while on the boat!

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Lahaina Luna Cafe

Since we were in Lahaina for the glass bottom boat tour, I researched a few places to eat beforehand. We decided to come to Lahaina Luna Cafe because it was a perfect day to sit at this outdoor cafe. Around this stationary food truck there was also a shaved ice place and a few vendors selling trinkets and souvenirs. There were a few tables near the food area and also more seating at the back. The clean bathroom at the back was a bonus. The food was fresh and delicious and it was great sitting outside at this casual outdoor cafe.

Korean BBQ Beef Plate – Beef was tender and delicious. Of course it comes with macaroni and rice because that’s how the Hawaiians do their plate lunch.

Korean BBQ Beef Plate

Korean BBQ Beef Plate

Chicken Katsu Plate – Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. You can never go wrong with katsu.

Chicken Katsu Plate

Chicken Katsu Plate

Chicken Bites with Sweet Chilli Sauce – Crunchy chicken nuggets—who wouldn’t love it? I asked them to put the sweet chili sauce on the side in case the kids found it too spicy. Surprisingly, the kids liked them with the sauce too.

Chicken Bites with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Chicken Bites with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Crazy Fries – Topped with spicy kochu aioli (have no idea what kochu is but very delicious) sprinkled with furikake. The kids went crazy over the crazy fries.

Crazy Fries

Crazy Fries

Taco Combo (1 mahi mahi and 1 Korean beef) – I love the mango salsa with the mahi mahi and the Korean beef was the same as the Korean BBQ Beef Plate.

Taco Combo (Mahi Mahi & Korean Beef)

Taco Combo (Mahi Mahi & Korean Beef)

Kale & Brussel Sprouts Salad – OMG! The salad was the best! The dressing was amazing and I can’t believe I’m saying that about kale and brussel sprouts 😛 .

Kale & Brussel Sprouts Salad

Kale & Brussel Sprouts Salad

Stay tuned for Hawaiian Food Trip: Maui: Part 2 in my next post!

Tomatoes Stuffed With Ham Salad

Tomatoes Stuffed With Ham Salad

Even though I spent the first eight years of my life in Hong Kong, my childhood Memorable Dishes could easily have come from a child in North America. The British influences in Hong Kong have added a plethora of interesting dishes to the Hong Kong people. Because of my mom’s adventurous nature in the culinary world, my childhood dishes were made up of both Chinese and Western dishes.

One of my most fondest memories was our weekend potluck parties with friends and family. These weekend gatherings consisted of lots of yummy food coupled with mahjong games for the adults. The kids were left to their own devices while the adults played mahjong. I don’t know why we had so much fun playing even though Hong Kong apartments were fairly small.

When we got hungry from playing, we would grab these stuffed tomatoes and pop them into our mouths. Well, maybe not pop them but took a couple of big bites. At that time, neither cherry nor cocktail tomatoes were available in Hong Kong so my mom used the smallest tomatoes she could find to make these delicious snacks.

I just found out from my mom that she used butter in this recipe. No wonder why they tasted so good! I am recreating this dish using small vine-ripened cocktail tomatoes. Feel free to use cherry tomatoes if you want them to be more bite-sized.

Tomatoes Stuffed With Ham Salad

Tomatoes Stuffed With Ham Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 Cocktail Tomatoes (ripe but firm)
  • 1 cup diced Ham
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp of melted Butter (Use if you want to keep it the old school way. Omit if you are more health conscious 🙂
  • A few dashes of White Pepper
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)

Preparation

  1. Cut the top of the tomatoes big enough to scoop out the seeds. Scoop and discard the seeds.
  2. Cut a bit off the bottom of the tomatoes so that the tomatoes can stand up.
  3. Turn the hollowed out tomatoes open-side down so you can drain the extra juice out.
  4. Mix ham, mayonnaise, butter (if using).
  5. Fill tomatoes with ham mixture.
  6. Garnish with parsley if using.

Notes

Note #1: If you can’t find cocktail tomatoes and end up using bigger tomatoes, you can cut bigger tomatoes in half instead.

Note #2: You can prep this a few hours ahead and leave it in the fridge. When you are ready to serve, scoop the ham mixture into the tomatoes.

http://www.memorabledishes.com/tomatoes-stuffed-with-ham-salad/

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