Foodie Alert: Tasty $1 Chinese Lunch Special

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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… [Read More]

Dangerously Tasty Steamed Chinese Baozi Buns

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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… [Read More]

Hawaii’s Number One Shave Ice at Waiola Store

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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… [Read More]