Leonard’s Malasadas is making a tomato cupcake. Jawaiian Irie is stuffing a tomato with jerk chicken topped with melted cheddar and a tangy salsa. EAT Honolulu’s bringing a Shinsato pork sausage slider with green tomato relish, Momo Burger will have a curried Hauula tomato soup and patty melt, both OnoPops and Aloha Ice Cream Tricycle will have bloody mary pops, and Il Gelato has created a special white truffle gelato (yes, the prized fungus) with a caramelized tomato finish.
Got that, Honolulu? Eat the Street celebrates the versatile tomato at what’s likely the city’s first-ever Tomatofest: 43 food trucks and street food vendors in one mammoth lot in Kakaako, nearly all selling at least one dish paying homage to the juicy red orb.
Among them: SL2 Delectables, which makes an art out of Chinese finger foods with non-Chinese fillings. It’s hard to explain. Scroll through the photos below to see for yourself. And meanwhile, here’s the entire list of trucks, booths and their menus, and the rest of your deets for ETS Tomatofest.
When: Friday, May 25 from 4 to 9 p.m.
Where: 555 South St. in Kaka’ako (at Halekauwila, kitty-corner from Restaurant Row)
Parking: On-site and street parking
ETS preview: SL2 Delectables
There's an undeniable symmetry about photographing an ETS preview spread in a parking lot, a much bigger version of which hosts the mega-street food rally that happens in Kakaako tonight, so we're very comfortable, SL2 Delectables and I, when Plan A for the photo shoot fizzles into Plan B fizzles into Plan C, and we end up in the parking lot of Kaimuki Dry Goods on 10th Avenue.
Which is where SL2's Steven Lee opens the passenger door of his silver Tacoma and shows me what's on his ETS menu for tonight.
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