Foodie Alert: Tasty $1 Chinese Lunch Special


Lunch in China is a big meal (and a big deal), and for myself, it’s probably my favorite meal of the day. While in Yangshuo, there were a number of options for lunch, one of them being a huge assortment of pre-cooked dishes all set up buffet fast food style on a table – you […]

Mexican Huevos Rancheros – A Heartwarming Breakfast

Huevos Rancheros

Along with chorizo and eggs, it doesn’t get much more heartwarming for breakfast than a Mexican dish known as Huevos Rancheros. When I visited the United States, I made it a point to take my fill of Mexican food. One morning I went over to visit my buddy Carlos, an expert cook and eater of […]

Loco Moco – Hawaii’s Most Sloppy and Comforting Delicacy

Hawaii Loco Moco

WARNING: What you are about to witness is a graphic display of protein surrounded by a pool of oozing juices. Proceed at your own risk. What is a Loco Moco? The basic components of this Hawaiian delicacy are really quite simple; It begins with a bed of Japanese style rice topped with thick grilled hamburger […]

Dangerously Tasty Steamed Chinese Baozi Buns


Comforting, filling and lip-licking-tasty. I’m talking about Baozi (包子), the ubiquitous steamed Chinese bread buns stuffed with porky goodness and other heavenly fillings. Growing up with a Chinese mother, we normally referred to these steamed buns as “bao” or “bau,” or by their Hawaiian nickname of “Manapua.” When I was a kid, it was a […]

Alicia’s Market Honolulu: Hawaii Food Served the Local Way

Hawaii Food

Honolulu, Hawaii is one of the greatest food cities in the world. While of course I’m a fanatic fan of the culinary wonders from Bangkok street food to Sri Lankan food, Honolulu packs such a diverse collection of international (with an Asian focus) cuisine into such a dense little city on an island making it […]

Hawaii’s Number One Shave Ice at Waiola Store

Waiola Shave Ice

Just down the street from my grandmother’s home in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a little store known as Waiola. Although they sell an assortment of local snacks like spam musubi and Hawaiian Sun, they are most famous for shave ice. In my opinion, they make the BEST shave ice in Hawaii. I used to go to […]

Grandma’s Best Sri Lankan Chicken Curry


You’ll have to forgive me as I stumble through my confused thoughts and emotional words in this article. The entire time I was utterly intoxicated by the aroma of Sri Lankan spices in the dark little sauna like cooking hut. And it was the BEST chicken curry I’ve ever had in my life. While traveling […]