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How to Eat Like A Local In Hawaii

Eating Zippy's chili at home

Eating Zippy’s chili at home.

If you’re traveling to the beautiful Aloha State on a well deserved Hawaii vacation and want to immerse yourself into Hawaii’s lifestyle, there would be no better way to do this than by eating what locals eat.  There’s no better way to start than with the ubiquitous Spam musubi, which is a rectangular shaped mold of rice with a slice of fried Spam on top of it, wrapped with dried seaweed. You can find Spam musubis at most convenience stores or in many local fast food places that sell bentos, which a Japanese style boxed take out lunch. While most out of town folks may probably know by now what a Spam musubi is (as it has been publicized and made fun at in many nationally televised food shows); many may not know what a bento is.

A bento is a pre-made Japanese meal, usually consisting of rice, fish or meat and pickled vegetables and packaged in a rectangular tin foil plate with a see-through plastic cover on it.  You can find these bentos at many okazuyas or (Japanese styled delicatessens) along Waikiki or at food outlets in a number of major shopping centers.  Even though, they’ve been sitting under a hot lamp for a while, they are still pretty tasty and generally run around $7 to $8 each.  Take it from someone who knows.  That’s not so bad a price considering you’re in Hawaii.

And if you really want to be adventurous, then you definitely must try Hawaiian style plate lunches.  You can get them at lunch wagons near the beaches, at local drive inns like Zippy’s, at the iconic Rainbow Drive Inn on Kapahulu Avenue or at many local fast food eateries located throughout the state.  Be prepared though to get of your Atkins diet and eat a lot of carbs.  A typical plate lunch consists of the standard two scoops of rice, macaroni or potato salad, kim chee and some sort of meat topped off with gravy.

And of course, Panda Travel ®, Hawaii’s largest travel agency and travel wholesaler can take you to Hawaii at some of the best package deals that can be found on the Internet.  We’ll save you some money on your travel  so that you can spend  your savings on some of the finest “local kine grinds” in the Hawaiian Islands.


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