My old dog, Joey, would be 16 this month. Still miss him.
Food trucks and lunch wagons that participate in the monthly Eat The Street serve everything from Korean tacos to malassadas burgers to even chocolate-covered bacon.
But where’s the fried noodles and rice?
Well, this Friday two friends and former roommates will unveil a new food concept — everything made in a wok.
Lava Wok — in a tent, not a food truck — is a new vendor to Eat The Street — and likely to your palette.
Friends Michelle Van and Maureen Ackharath took their favorite recipes — with a few tweaks — and created a simple menu bursting with flavor.
They will be serving curry fried rice, spicy fried noodles, filled won ton desserts and soy milk in a bag a la street vendors in Vietnam. And you can only — for now — find their creations at Eat The Street.
“We thought this would be different,” said Ackharath, 28, a graduate of Kaimuki High School.
Here’s what they’ll be serving at Friday’s Eat The Street:
Eat The Street: Eat Local, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 555 South St. in Kakaako
It’s not everyday 32 world-class chefs, four master sommeliers, nine top-tier winemakers, mixologists, local farmers, artisan food producers, food writers, foodies — and an “Top Chef” competitor — from around the world converge in one place.
But they did — at the first event of the inaugural Hawaii Food & Wine Festival held in various locations on Oahu.
Last night’s event — The Streets of Asia: Morimoto & Friends presented by Hawaiian Airlines — featured a range of small plates from such notables as Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (kakuni steam bun with 10-hour braised pork belly and local picked vegetables), Mourad Lahlou of Aziza (slow-poached prawns, corn pudding, zhug, bonito emulsion and ikura), and Charles Phan of The Slanted Door (fish vermicelli with turmeric, dill and scallion).
It was a swanky night at the Modern Honolulu, with food stations lining the hotel’s Sunrise Pool and butoh-style dancers in Southeast Asian garb entertained guests throughout the venue.
There were politicians, educators, food writers, magazine editors, business owners, restauranteurs, bloggers — the crowd was as eclectic as the food offerings.
Even “Top Chef” Marcel Vigneron (@marcelvigneron) was lurking in the VIP areas.
The festival continues today and Saturday with a visit to the Heeia fishpond, wine tastings, seminars, coffee and chocolate tastings, a master chefs gala dinner and a grand tasting on the final night.
I think I need a nap!
Here’s what Streets of Asia looked like:
For more information about the event, visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.