Eat Lunch, Hawai‘i-Style

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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.

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