Hidden gem: Honolulu Kitchen

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Summer has officially started, the kids are out of school, traffic is better and it’s the time of the year for potlucks, bbqs and parties.

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We pulled up to Honolulu Kitchen in Waipahu near Tanioka’s on Farrington Highway after hearing about its golden, deep fried manapuas. The owner, who used to work at Chun Wah Kam (you can see the similarities in offerings and layout), started this casual eatery across Tropicana Square. The menu features some dim sum including local favorites like pork hash, shrimp siu mai and gau gee, steamed, baked and fried manapuas and plate lunches.

The plate lunch line is full of local favorites like sweet & sour spare ribs, orange chicken and char siu pork belly.

The plate lunch line is full of local favorites like sweet & sour spare ribs, orange chicken and char siu pork belly.

The plate lunches are quite good and reasonably priced at $6.25 for one choice and $8.75 for two, but the star of the show are the deep fried manapuas. At $1 each, we made sure to try one of each flavor (31 available that day) and rigorously tasted a variety of the crispy treats.

The money shot.

The money shot.

Each manapua is about the size of a tangerine and has a favorable filling-to-bun ratio.

The Rosetta Stone of fried manapua.

The Rosetta Stone of fried manapua.

The inside of the deep fried cream cheese manapua. The cream cheese was quite light almost tasted whipped as it warmed up inside the manapua.

The inside of the deep fried cream cheese manapua. The cream cheese was quite light, almost tasted whipped as it warmed up inside the manapua.

They have over 30 flavors to choose from, both savory and sweet.

They have more than 30 flavors to choose from, both savory and sweet.

Honolulu Kitchen
94-861 Farrington Highway
808-671-5241
honolulukitchen808.com
Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.