We are quite familiar with Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese food being Vancouver residents the majority of our lives. Korean not so much and Hawaiian really not at all. Although we've spent much time in Hawaii I guess we've always or at least largely eaten 'American' with the odd Chinese/Japanese thrown in.
The number of Asian restaurants appears to have quintupled and likewise the number of 'American' restaurants seems to have diminished exponentially. As well DH does not eat fish which doesn't seem to work well with many Asian restaurants, particularly the $$ wise ones. While we are not going to be budget minded on every meal, we would like to have some meals that lean along that line.
What in the world is Fugaki (or something) whatever?
What is Udon? Are those the really big thick noodle things? I really love most noodle anything but really don't like those. It's like (what I imagine to be) eating worms. Ick.
We like what I believe to be the Tepanyaki style of Japanese cooking. You sit around a table with an grill in the middle and a chef comes and cooks various parts of your meal over a period of time. Similar to Benihana at HHV or Suehiro or Kobe in Vancou ver. I believe there is a Kobe in Honolulu also. Are there less expensive Japanese restaurants that do that style of cooking?
What is Loco Moco? Is it basically spam and eggs? If so, DH will love it but I wouldn't tocuh it. :-) Spam YUK.
We also like the soups that we get at a place here called Saigon Noodle House. Wonderful broths with beans sprouts, chunks of meat, green onions and such. Very hearty and delicious and filling. I guess being called Saigon, it is likely Vietnamese in origin?? Where are the Vietnamese restaurants in Honolulu?
Any info you can give me about this largely new to us cuisine will be appreciated. It's a dilemna for me as I love seafood but he does not. I could live my life without a hamburger but he loves them. I'm the restaurant planner so if I haul him off to somewhere he thinks the food sucks, well there goes two relaxing weeks. :-)
Siam Gardens and Hy's are definites on our list. Roy's likely and maybe House without a Key because we spent manyyears at Waikiki Shore and used to look down at Halehulani and wish we had more bucks. :-)
Definitely know the one thing we will be happy to be home about is the Mex and Ital. LOL!!
Mahalo Nui Loa for any input.Edited: 14 February 2013, 00:45