Spam Musubi was my must have dish in Hawaii. Beipas was doing some research, and she found a deep fried one at Da Kitchen Cafe which was by the Costco in Kahului. Since we had to make a quick stop there, we also checked out Da Kitchen. The sign is really small, so it is easy to miss. Actually the sign that says Da Kitchen is small, but there is a big sign that says Restaurant.
Going in, I knew I had to order the regular Spam Musubi and the Fried Spam Musubi to start. These came in less than 5 minutes, which was way too fast. The food seemed fresh though. The fried spam musubi was really crisp and hot. It was just a breaded piece of spam musubi, with a little bit more sauce, and garnished with green onions. It’s about $5, so it’s quite pricey for what it is. The regular spam was $3.45 I think, which is almost double the price that it is at convenience stores. To be honest, it wasn’t as awesome as I had hoped. The regular spam musubi was actually a bit better, but lacked flavour in the form of a nice flavourful sauce. The fried spam musubi, was crisp and you could taste the spam, but the sauce was very muted, and there was a lot of rice. But that seemed to be how all of the musubis were. Lots of rice, but I guess it does make a meal, so it needs to fill you. I’d prefer if it was more snack like, with maybe 3/4 or 1/2 of the rice.
For our mains, I ordered Da Maui Saimin because I was sick. My friends ordered the Loco Moco, Cheeseburger Bacon Shooters, as well as two specials that were on the board – a BBQ Pork Katsu, and a fried fish dish. My saimin is like ramen is a bowl noodle with beef and vegetables. It came nice and hot, perfect for my throat. The toppings were plentiful, and the broth was pretty light, and not too salty. The noodles had a good texture too. I keep forgetting, but they often put fish cake, and I ate a bunch of it. This time I was tricked because they were sliced thin, and not in a regular circular shape.
The other dishes were really good too. The Pork Katsu was really good, and it used a nice fatty pieces of pork in there and served with a nice sauce. The Loco Moco was delicious too. The Loco Moco is a burger patty served with rice, and topped with egg and gravy. The gravy was awesome, and the meat patty was huge and juicy. These two meat dishes were probably our favourites.
Da Kitchen Cafe
425 Koloa St #104