Originally uploaded by illewminator.
If you're like me and you long for a Hawaiian style "plate lunch" and shave ice when the weather turns hot, then Shaka's is the place for you. The plate lunch always features the meat of your choice, mac salad, rice (in hawaii, it's always "2 scoop") and usually tsukemono, or salted, pickled cabbage.

As seen in the photo, this particular plate lunch featured kalua pork -- quite a generous serving. This version was a bit salty, but nonetheless hit the spot. And even though the rice is not presented in two breast-like scoops as in Hawaii, the portion was generous enough to adequately ration with the kalua pork.

Other menu items of note include the mochiko chicken (pictured below), pork lau lau, lomi lomi salmon, kalbi ribs, loco moco, and, of course, spam musubi. The chinese chicken salad is also pretty good -- you can choose to substitute it instead of the mac salad and tsukemono for an additional $1.

shakas mochiko chicken

Then... if you still have room, you have to get the shave ice, preferably with a scoop of ice cream at the bottom, your choice of flavored syrup (and/or azuki beans) on top, and either with or without condensed milk to cap it all off. But you might want to share: it's huge!

The original Shaka's is in Monterey Park, on Garfield and Riggin, about .5 mile north of the 60 fwy. The newer, bigger, and better location (where these photos were taken) is just offf Main street in downtown Alhambra. The newer location is much larger, has a more extensive menu, and the presentation is fancier/more impressive... prices seem to be about the same (they may be just a tad higher, but not noticeably so) AND they have a full bar, too. Are you sold, yet???


Blogger J said...

i REALLY need to try this out after volleyball sometime. i will certainly report back, as any loyal grubclubber would.

7/14/2006 12:56 AM  
Blogger grant said...

i should make mochiko chicken for you sometime.
it's goooooood.

7/14/2006 2:38 AM  
Blogger J said...

ooooh. when! when?!

7/31/2006 9:32 PM  

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