Where've I been?
Well...'twas time to go to the Motherland, wherein I was greeted with beautiful weather, great friends, and a bevvy of mui-expressive foods of the pastry-kind. Chekkit!
Manapua Monster was the quintessential Hawaiian char siu bao: HUGE, and crammed with BBQ pork of the leaner, shredded variety (think less saucy, more red-pulled-porkish). He and the Half-Moons (stretchy-glutinous skinned, filled with minced water chestnuts, pork and dried shrimp) play out their ancient battle every day at the Island Manapua Factory.
Yepyup, I like Char Hung Sut better, too--but we were on our way to Manoa Falls, so convenience won out over dimsum particularity.
No visit home is complete without a (few) visit(s) to Leonard's. Call me old-fashioned (go ahead, it's not something you'll be able to say very often!) but I don't really care for the baroque new malasadas, with the addition of cinnamon sugar, stuffings of various custards, etc. A fresh, just-fried-HOT Portuguese doughnut tumbled in sugar is an untinkered thing of beauty, and no one does them as well as Leonard's.
That said, lovely BFF Alli has always been one to try new things, so she bravely sampled some of the newer malasadas--one filled with pina colada custard, and another with mango custard.
>MMMfph< Mango HORK!
"Tastes like sunscreen," sayeth Alli (of the pina colada one). As for the mango? "Tastes like...mango sunscreen."
No worries, we had standard malasadas at the ready for her, just in case.
Island Manapua Factory
2752 Woodlawn Drive #5-113
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Char Hung Sut
64 N Pauahi St
Honolulu, HI 96817
Leonard's Hawaii ™
933 Kapahulu Avenue
Waimalu Shopping Center
Mon - Thurs: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.