Yes #2 on the list (technically 3rd but okay!).
Again, we were coming to town on empty stomachs so we hurried downtown to find Zing. The building in old Wailuku town has been transformed into a food court which turned out to be quite the place around lunch. I never thought to venture in before, but got an amazing recommendation about the onion rings and a kalua pig sandwich!
We were not disappointed!
After noticing a few orders go out before us we realized there would be a hefty portion sized amount — there were many great option to choose from but we stuck with the classic Reuben with a side of onion rings and a steak sandwich with truffle french fries. Woooooooooooo!
After just one bite I knew.
This place was really goooood! The steak sandwich I had worried about. “What if the meat was tough? Fatty? Dry? Hard to eat?”
Thankfully this was far from the case. The steak was cooked medium well done so it was very juicy and cut into bite sized pieces making it easy to eat. The bread was soft and fresh, covered in a wonderful garlic aoli with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. The truffle fries were also delectable… honestly very addicting since I’ve not had french fries in forever! I will say that the rings and fries were on the oily side but it didn’t really bother me because it was just the right amount for three of us to split!
The Reuben was very interesting looking and even better tasting. The marbled dark bread was so thick yet fluffy. The meat in the Reuben had been chopped up with sauerkraut and a cheese sauce mixture that held it all together, which was really nice compared to the traditional sandwich (20 slices of pastrami on a dry thin piece of bread). So good, if you enjoy this type of hot sandwich I recommend trying this one — and I never thought I would say that about a Reuben! They also have a turkey version of this that I think would be even more up my alley. LOL
Overall we had a great experience at Zing. The outside nor inside is anything fancy, but the food is quality and quantity. If you happen to be here around the lunch rush expect to wait a bit in line as well as for your food, but it is definitely worth it. The price is a bit high if eating alone, but I would suggest splitting such a decadent meal and not eating here everyday… (although I’d love to)!
Here is the recipe of the awesome yellow sauerkraut from my breakfast today! My dad has been experimenting with making many fermented things, including his own kombucha, mead, cider, jun, kim chee, pickles and of course sauerkraut. Here is the tried and true recipe that we are now enjoying daily!
The hardest part of this recipe is just WAITING for it to be done 🙂 ENJOY!
Hooray! The first place on the list!
We happened to be near a few restaurants but decided for something casual and quick — Wailuku town was bustling, so was the food cart! It was around 11:30 and some workers were already there enjoying lunch. There wasn’t a huge menu to choose from, which I don’t actually mind at all. I was starving as was Kenny, we ordered Pad Thai and Pad Kee Mao (drunken noodles) both with chicken. I noticed it was a one woman show working the food cart so it took a little while to get our food but it probably wasn’t more than 10 minutes!
When we did receive our order, I opened the container to see noodles almost overflowing — A HUGE portion for only $10 each!
Happy sight for hungry stomachs! We taste tested both but the signature dish I try at every Thai place is PAD KEE MAO. We both ate through the drunken noodles and thoroughly enjoyed it. What I appreciated was the abundance of meat, veggies and overall lightness to the dish. Sometimes you get a lot of noodles (aka the cheap stuff) and have a hard time finding your protein that you wanted. This was not the case here, while we were almost to the bottom of the bowl there was chicken everywhere. I also noticed that it wasn’t as oily as some noodles can be and didn’t leave us with a heavy feeling.
The pad thai was also good, slightly on the sweet side for my taste but with all the great qualities of the pad kee mao. TONS of meat, vegetables, toppings, and quantity is great for both dishes which were $10 each. I noticed that there was no chili powder, oil, or hot sauce at the food truck which wasn’t a problem but I would prefer to add it to this dish specifically. We had to take the rest of the pad thai home for leftovers and it was just as good a few hours later!
Overall a very good experience with a nice healthier take on traditional Thai food. I would definitely return when craving some thick noodles!
On our past year of traveling we’ve had the opportunity to try tons of amazing food from night markets to hole in the wall Michelin Star Restaurants. We work hard to expand our stomachs (and also split things) quite a bit so we can sample a little of everything.
However, when I come home it’s a mad dash to fit in all the places I’ve got to go to get what I’ve missed and been craving. In a two week period this is slightly daunting and hard on my usual health conscious way of living. For example, one day might be going to Sam Sato’s for brunch, picking up some manju while there, stopping at Homemaid Bakery for malasadas, followed by Da Kitchen for lunch or dinner takeout and finishing with Ululani’s Shave Ice! Whew! Thankfully I will be on the island a bit longer this time so I don’t need to resort to that (haha – although I’ve already had a good deal of butter rolls and malasadas, whoops).
In no apparent order:
2. 1054 Togoshi Sushi
3. Sushi Paradise
5. Maui Thai Bistro
6. HI Thai Food Truck
7. Gestes Shrimp Truck
8. Three’s Bar & Grill
12. Mala Ocean Tavern
13. Haile Maile General Store
14. Nick’s Fishmarket
15. Down the Hatch
17. Pita Paradise
18. Bella Surf Cafe
19. Coffee House & Crepes
Aria’s I loved it here! Also saw Mayor Arakawa lol
20. Pizza Madness Maui
21. The Plantation House
22. Fork & Salad
23. Banyan Tree
24. Lahaina Grill
25. Merriman’s Kapalua
26. Ka’ana Kitchen
Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill Been twice!
27. Choice Health Bar
28. Aloha Mixed Plate
29. Local Boys Shave Ice
30. The Gazebo
This next section are the ones I’m on the fence about, from reading the menu and reviews.
If the menu doesn’t have a lot I’m interested in I don’t see much of a point in going but the food does look good sooooo….
never say never.
Taverna (for drinks)
The Mill House
Flatbread Co. Give it another chance?
Pulehu Italian Grill
Miso Phat Sushi (Guy Fieri visited…)
If it’s not on the list I’ve either already been there or have reviewed the menu and am not interested in going at this time, but if it seems like there’s something MAJOR missing, comment below!!