Pepperoni pizza spring rolls. It's love at first sight when fellow Frolicker Thomas Obungen shows me the photo on Manichi Ramen's Facebook page. Thomas knows I love cheese and anything fried. We head to Manichi the first chance we get.
An off-menu special, the spring rolls ($6.50 for two) debuted in November at Manichi's Kona Street restaurant and are only available here. All you have to do is ask.
Be forewarned: These rolls are stuffed with piping hot cheddar cheese and pepperoni. I burn my mouth when I take a huge bite, but I’m too distracted by how good it is to notice. I also can't stop eating. This really does taste like pizza, except the doughy crust is replaced by a gloriously fried, crunchy, golden-brown spring roll wrapper.
Each cheesy bite leaves me wanting more. Next time, I’m not sharing.
1430 Kona St.
Daily 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.