Continuing the culinary war between Hawaii and Paris, I ventured to Chinatown with the Hickam Travel Club, aka, Renee, Nadja, and Ivy. First stop, Liliha's Bakery for coco puffs (read this link). Rest assured, our stop had an "Asian theme."
|Upper left, chocolate topped, creme filled puff. |
Upper right, creme puffs, sugar topping.
Lower left, green tea creme filled puff.
Lower right, the original coco puff -
chocolate cream filled with cream topping.
|Ivy helped her mom, Nadja, picked out the puffs.|
|You can guess which is the green tea.|
|It wouldn't be Hawaii without pineapple!|
|Malasadas are Hawaiian donuts ....|
|... azuki beans are also found in shave ice ....|
|.... haupio is coconut.|
|10 minutes later, we arrived in Chinatown.|
It grew from its proximity to the commercial piers.
|Nadja has seen Uha while snorkeling. In fact,|
she swam away from them as they can bite.
Their "parrot like beak" enables them to
nibble away at coral.
|We found exotic fruit, including the Rambutan ...|
|... and Longan. Both are native to Southwest Asia.|
|We found several "apothecaries" ...|
|... with the "card catalog" drawers.|
|Not to be outdone by Paris ...|
|... we found haute couture.|
|Renee noticed this sign along Hotel Street, |
so named for the sailors who
rented rooms during shore leave.
Do you have an ethnic neighborhood near you? One randomly selected commenter (from this week's blogs) will win a WHY HAWAII RIVALS PARIS gift box. It may include a few trinkets from Chinatown! This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, February 11, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 12.
Kim in Hawaii
|We waited for Danno and Chin Ho.|