Eat Lunch, Hawai‘i-Style
The plate lunch is a quintessential part of Hawaiian cuisine. Two-parts rice, one-part mac salad and one-part meat,
these large meals cover the basics and sometimes even all three daily meals. Even better, their prices rival those of any typical fastfood joint found on Hawai‘i. Just pick up a plate lunch, plop down on a beach, and enjoy what life has dished up for you.
Some typical and authentic Hawaiian plate lunches are: loco moco, a hamburger steak served over rice and topped with an egg and gravy; kalua pork, traditionally pork that has been slow-cooked in an imu and served with cabbage; and chicken katsu, which is a Japanese-style chicken cutlet. Korean plate lunches feature items such as kalbi and bi bim bap.
Plate lunches can be found at lunch wagons, drive-ins and small markets around the island—you’ll be surprised at the places you’ll stumble upon them.