Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ted's Bakery - Oahu, Hawaii

I like pies more than cake, and the pie that I like best is chocolate haupia. So while I was on Oahu, I knew I would have to go in search of a slice. After some online research, I found more than a few bakeries on the island that make it. But according to many sources I read, the one I wanted is Ted’s.

As luck would have it, I didn’t have to go far. I stumbled upon the brand in the bakery section while shopping at Foodland. And when I took my slice back to the hotel and ate it, I realized Ted’s makes the chocolate haupia of my dreams.

Existing in stratas of salty pie crust, not-too-sweet chocolate mousse, creamy coconut pudding, and fluffy whipped cream topping, this is a perfectly constructed pie. Every layer correctly proportioned and complementing the next.

Ted's Bakery
59-024 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712
(808) 638-8207

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Thursday, April 04, 2019

Chun Wah Kam - Oahu, Hawaii

Ask a local where to get the best manapua on Oahu and they’ll likely tell you to go to Libby’s. But this chain called Chun Wah Kam seems to be the most accessible from wherever you happen to be on Oahu.

And the manapua it steams is fluffy, sweet, and filled with some things you’d expect to be in a steamed bun, like red bean; and some things you never thought could be, like curry.

The most popular is the char siu, which is chopped to hash, food-colored to a rosy shade of pink, and tastes like pork candy. Eating one is a good snack. Eating two counts as a meal. And if you’re planning for a day at the beach, I would argue there is no better picnic food in Hawaii.

Chun Wah Kam
885 Kamokila Blvd
Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 693-8838

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