Hello everyone, I’m back! Unfortunately, my computer battery burned out over a week ago and today is the first day the new one is in and the computer is functional once again. Sometime ago I posted about one my absolute favorite meals available in Hawaii, huli huli chicken. When Kiyo and Austin were visiting me this winter break, the three of us picked up my friend Imani and booked it over to the North Shore.
Sadly, we got there as they were wrapping up for the day, so they were out of rice (the chicken is still fantastic without it, of course). This time I made sure to take a picture of what the “kitchen” looks like, shown above. There are just loads of chickens being cooked outside in a parking lot, with three plastic fold-able tables and a few chairs set up under a tarp nearby. The secret to the robust flavor is supposedly in the kiawe wood the chickens are cooked over, but I swear there must be some other secret ingredient, because I have tasted other foods cooked over kiawe wood, as well as other “huli huli chicken” none of which are even close to the level of deliciousness these guys achieve.
Something they had on their menu this time that I’ve never seen offered there before was “pineapple coleslaw,” which I was afraid would be some sort of unappetizing bowl of diced fruit with mayonnaise mixed in (honestly, I wouldn’t put that type of mayo-indulgence above street food in Hawaii… it makes sense if you have seen “mac salad,” which I love, but is quite intense). Luckily, the coleslaw was actually quite light and refreshing, with only a slight hint of pineapple in the dressing.
Ray’s Kiawe Broiled Chicken
Open: Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 66-160 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712