Saturday, October 18, 2008

Mission Accomplished

Today I accomplished two things. We started the day on a "Taste of Chinatown" tour that was amazing. The food and tour itself were wonderful. I'm going to let Julie cover the tour, but it definitely comes highly recommended, if you like trying new foods. The first thing that was accomplished was that the weird "dirt" on the gummy bears I bought at Walmart has been identified, thanks to the tour. It's called "Li Hing", and it's made from dried plums. Now I am a little less afraid of the gummy bears. On the tour, they explained what it was and how it was made, and gave the Li Hing to us, in powder form, on pineapple, which was nice.

A side note: for all you "Lost" fans, as part of the tour we ate at the Liliha bakery, which was the diner where they filmed scenes with Kate's mom in an episode from the first or second season.

The actual mission for the day was to find a "Puka Dog".

We ended up getting directions to one in Waikiki, dropped off there after the tour, and then took a bus back to the cruise ship. They take a weird bun, put it in paper on a special heater that pokes a perfect hot-dog sized hole into it, pour tropical fruit relish and sauce from a row of spigots into the hole, and then pop the cooked hot dog into it.

We ordered one with a Polish sausage hot dog, jalapeno garlic lemon sauce, and mango relish. I was definitely afraid of the silly thing:

But it was actually pretty stinking good. Julie and I ended up finishing the entire thing. It wasn't cheap, at $6.25, but definitely worth it.


Jim and Jenn King said...

A gotta say, I love food, and I would love to eat my way around the world one bite at a time, but a Puka Dog...I'm just not sure. I like lemon, I like jalapenos, I like garlic, mango is pretty good as a dessert and polish sausage is good too, but all together? I'm just not so sure! It sounds like you are having a ton of fun! We miss you and can't wait to hear about everything when you're back. Now go eat some macadamia nuts or something.

Travis said...

I'm bristling with Lost-Envy over here!

Angie said...

Puka Dog...doesent the name say it all? I don't think I'll bite at that treat but the others sounded tasty.