Sliced Century Eggs displayed on a plate with garnish.

The Stranger Side of Vietnamese Cuisine

In a nation as food-focused as Vietnam, it is all but impossible to come up with dozens of savory masterpieces without having created a few strange dishes along the way. While pho and banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) have gained worldwide acclaim as delicious, accessible facets of local cuisine, there are several specialties that manage to make some travelers wrinkle their noses.

American flags hang along the front of Kalapawa Market in Oahu.

Where to Eat in Kailua, O‘ahu

If variety is what you’re looking for, Kailua delivers. There’s a great range of sit-down restaurant options, the array of to-go and prepared food doesn’t disappoint, and you’ll find various cuisine styles from American to Italian to Asian. Vegetarians shouldn’t have much trouble finding something to eat, either.

Thinly sliced seared meats in sauce at Izakaya Nonbei in Honolulu.

Japanese & Indian Restaurants in Honolulu

Expect most of the Asian restaurants in Honolulu to be busy at mealtimes, so make reservations if you can or arrive before the crowds. Most are also fairly budget-friendly, offer delicious and unique menu items, and are not really tourist-focused, which helps contribute to their popularity with the locals.

Traditional dishes can be found at Odoriko. Photo © David Recordon, licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike.

Waikiki’s Asian Restaurants

Waikiki’s Asian restaurants feature a variety of Japanese, Chinese, and Thai cuisines for a range of budgets and dining styles from casual to elegant. You’ll also find a nice selection of truly traditional dishes.