Hawaiian Adventures Day 6: Filipino Isaw, Sushi Round 2, and My New Favorite Salad Dressing
Good Morning Sexy Peeps!
How are you today? I hope you’re doing well. Yesterday was day 6 of our Hawaii vacation. It was another low-key day staying out of the sun and resting up our bodies. For years Mr. Noob Chef has been missing Filipino street food that he grew up with in Manila. Particularly isaw. Isaw is grilled pig or chicken intestines. At a glance one might recoil, but I had promised him that if we ever stumbled across isaw that I would give it a try. Let’s rewind this story just a tad to a few months ago. My husband was craving isaw and so I thought, “people in the South make chitterlings all the time…. surely I can cook up isaw, right?”. I was so wrong. I bought the frozen bag of intestines and let it defrost. I ripped open the package… and no joke…. I gagged, hard. My friends, nasty doesn’t begin to describe the smell that permeated my tiny kitchen. I had to leave the room fast.
Even my husband gagged, and took it immediately outside to the trash bin. What a disaster. So you can imagine my worry when yesterday I was going to try intestine for the first time. “Oh please be cleaned well” I prayed silently and peered down at the skewers. Because pig intestine is so large, it is usually chopped and then grilled on the skewer. This isaw was marinated in a spicy BBQ sauce and then grilled. My tongue and lips tingled. But you know what? It was really good!
Honestly I couldn’t tell that I was eating intestine. It tasted like a yummy piece of BBQ. The meat was tender, not at all chewy like I had expected, and so flavorful. I would happily eat it again. Seeing my husband beam from ear to ear as his mind and body were transported back to the city of his youth made it totally worthwhile. Here in Lahaina we found isaw at a small Filipino food truck called, Kusina Ni Jayboy. Two skewers of isaw cost us $4 USD. Slightly pricey but it’s hard to find Filipino places that make this street food. So if you’re ever on Maui, now you know where to go!
For lunch we had a large salad here at the condo. My mom is the queen of making amazing salads, and this one was sublime. “What is this dressing?” I kept asking and she pulled out the bottle. It’s hard to find great salad dressing that isn’t full of fat, yet tastes really good. This is my new favorite dressing. I promise before we head home I’ll show you the salad my mom makes and give you all the recipe to try at home too!
Later on that night, Mr. Noob Chef and I went out on another date back to Genki Sushi. (Can you tell we love our sushi? lol). While the service was “meh” this time, we tried a whole new round of sushi. Some worked and some I could live without. Here are a few of the rolls we tried….
The Hotdog sushi was just plain weird. I didn’t care for it at all. The egg and spam sushi was actually really tasty, though it was deep fried. And while I had never had deep-fried sushi before…. I have to admit, it was really, really good.
This salmon cream cheese roll was by far my favorite of the night. It was delicious. We often use tofutti cream cheese at home when making our own sushi, so it was reminiscent of that. Yum yum yum!
I had been wanting to try takoyaki for a while now and I’m really glad I did. While these balls were slightly overcooked, they didn’t taste bad. I guess I wasn’t expecting the center to be really dough-y? And I didn’t care for the sauce. Maybe I’ll try and find this at another restaurant and give it a try again. 🙂
That’s it for day 6 everyone! Tonight we head off to see “Ulalena”, an incredible Hawaiian theatrical performance, and go out to eat for some authentic Hawaiian food. So stay tuned for more of our adventures. Have a wonderful day today and as always, keep on cooking! ❤