People always ask me if I know how to cook. Don’t ask me why. Maybe because I’m Chinese and people think all Chinese know how to cook. Not me, but I do know how to eat. Invite me to a party and I will always bring my appetite. My friend Sun-Ki got me into the habit of taking pictures in restaurants. He runs a forum on Hawaii restaurants and food at eGullet.org. He’s the expert. I just like to eat.
The great thing about Hawaii is the wide diversity of restaurants and types of food available. Downtown Honolulu is the place to be if you are looking for inexpensive, tasty lunch dishes. One of my favorites is the Vietnam Cafe on Hotel Street. This soup dish is a mix of crab, shrimp, noodles, egg and flavorful broth. The woman that waits on tables (the owner’s daughter, I think) always laughs at me because I order the same thing all the time. It’s good so why change. And you won’t believe the price, $5.00.