Eden Eats: Honolulu
The World in Hawaii
If you think Hawaiian food is just pineapples and Spam, think again. Hawaii is the most culturally diverse state in the country, and its eateries show it.
With ethnic minorities making up 75% of the population, Hawaii is not only one of the most beautiful places on earth but one with some of the most delicious places to eat in as well. Eden has 24 hours to taste as many international cuisines as possible.
Eden's first stop is Zsoli's Chimney Cakes, a traveling log-cabin-shaped food truck that makes traditional Hungarian chimney cake desserts.
The owner Zsolt came to Hawaii for a competitive kayaking race and never left.
The tube-shaped Hungarian chimney cakes are topped with powdered sugar or other sweet bits.
Located in Honolulu's bustling Chinatown, Ying Leong Look Funn Factory makes delicious rice noodles for the local markets and restaurants and to sell directly to customers at the take-out counter.
Big on Pig
Char siu is Chinese barbecue meat. It's also delicious.
Look Funn Noodles
Their handmade rice noodles are speckled with the flavorful barbecued pork.
Kitchen of Burma
At 7 p.m., Eden arrives at the Lemongrass Café, a weekly pop-up restaurant run by Aye Aye Maw, one of 100,000 Burmese living in the United States.
Aye Aye's pop-up dinners are part of the Pacific Gateway Centers Culinary Business Incubator, which aids immigrants pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in culinary fields.
Aye Aye's specialty is Mohinga, a noodle-and-catfish soup that is considered the national dish of Burma (now known as Myanmar).
While the rest of the city sleeps, boats full of fish arrive at the docks for the Honolulu Fish Auction.
Honolulu Fish Auction
The only fish auction between Tokyo and Maine, this modern market offers commercial buyers just feet away from the boats the opportunity to bid on fresh fish only minutes from being caught.
Just Happy Sashimi
Eden learns the art of perfectly cutting and using the freshest of raw fish.
In need of a sweet breakfast pick-me-up, Eden heads to Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop to score some traditional Portuguese donuts.
Pastries of Portugal
Originally made to use up eggs and lard before Lent, the donuts are made with a natural starter from starchy potato water.
The donuts are called Malassadas, which translates to "badly made." But the crispy-on-the-outside and custardy-on-the-inside treats certainly taste incredible.
Eden's final stop is Adriatic Foods, a stationary Croatian food truck serving traditional Croatian kabobs.
Eden is amazed by Marija Saban's stories and recipes.
Easier to eat than it is to pronounce, this delicious beef-and-pork-sausage sandwich is topped with a red-pepper-and-eggplant sauce called ajvar.
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