Mixed Plate

It isn't very often that my mom and I get to have a girl's day out (being that I live in Seattle most of the time and don't visit home very much); thus when the opportunity arises, I most certainly take advantage of it.

It's a nice afternoon in Hilo town, the sun is shining, the weather is optimal for going to the beach. My mom and I run a few errands, and before long, it's time to eat. We head on over to the downtown area, which happens to be perfectly situated by the Hilo coastline. The restaurant of choice: Puka Puka Kitchen. In Hawaiian, "puka" literally translates to "hole". So, it's the Hole Hole Kitchen.

Puka Puka Kitchen is pretty much a "hole-in-the-wall" kind of place. It may not be much to look at from the outside, and it's not that much to look at on the insi
de, either. But the food? Let's just say it isn't a "hole-in-a-plate" kind of thing.

My mom got a Salmon Pasta Salad. Not a bad picture that was taken with a camera phone, eh? The dish itself was like a crossover between Italian (the pasta), Greek (the pita bread that came with the meal), and Japanese (the salad dressing). Talk about a mixed plate.

I, on the other hand, got the Ahi Don Plate. My dish was like a crossover between Japanese (the salad dressing and ahi) and Indian (the rice). It most certainly was an interesting combination of nationalities, but I tell you, the contrast in flavors never complimented each other so well.

And for dessert, Liliko'i Chiffon Pie. Hawaiian meets American. I have to be honest, I'm a sucker for Liliko'i. (For those of you who don't know what liliko'i is, it is a kind of yellow passion fruit. Liliko'i is simply its Hawaiian name.) The pie was as light as a feather, yet the flavor of the liliko'i was very prominent. Perfect in my eyes. But what was it that made it taste even better? It was free!

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