Well, the sun is shining, the wind is gently blowing, my coffee is hot, time for a review of another local independently owned small business in Columbia County. I made my way to the food carts located behind the bowling alley and visited a little cart called Hawaiian Plate – Hawaiian Food and Shave Ice. I inquired about the Kalua Pork (I’m a sucker for pork) before I ordered. I was wondering how it was cooked, the seasonings used, and what all to avoid any allergy issues. Well, the stars lined up again and I ordered a plate of the pork with rice (I opted out of the mac salad as I wasn’t sure if it had mayo or whatnot in it).
Got the dish home, got a glass of water, opened the container, and was politely greeted with subtle aromas of salt, smoke, pork, and grassy earth. Don’t know what grassy earth smells like, next time you cook white rice, before adding anything to it, smell it. Fresh rice smells just like that). The portion of rice and pork was plenty for two people to make a meal out of this or two meals for a single person. Grabbed my fork, and took a bite of the pork. It was moist, stringy (like good pork butt is when it’s done right), tender, and ever so soft when bitten into. The immediate salt and smoke flavor of that pork hit your tongue just right and made you want a little more on the next bite. Now, I will say, some can take the salt flavor or the pork as aggressive, possibly even too much salt. However, that’s not the case too me as you can cut the pork flavor with the flavor of the rice, or possibly the mac salad. Personally, I think fresh or grilled pineapple slice would take this dish to the next level, sweet, smokey, salty..yeah. Back to the pork. the flavor of the pork was medium smoke (they smoke their own pork there), saltiness and I cannot state how well those two flavors blend. I tried the rice just as it was, and the texture was perfectly sticky and firm. The flavor was simple (again, as rice should be) but straight forward. I added a few drops of Coconut Aminos to the rice, got some more pork, and truly enjoyed the flavor profile those three items gave me.
They did a really good take on a simple Hawaiin dish. I do have to tell you though, due to our current social situation with COVID, make sure you touch base with them to find out what their hours are, and when the pork will be ready. I do believe it is usually done around 3pm. I’m glad I found another place to get some Kalua Pork in Columbia County.
**Disclaimer** I do not, have not, will not receive compensation for my reviews, good, bad, indifferent as they may be. This is a hobby of mine that like I to share with others. #thekilted1