I came across Kaaloa’s Super J’s or simply just Super J’s when my friends and I were searching for true Hawaiian cuisine. This place has got a lot of positive reviews on Yelp, so we were really curious on checking this place out.
When we got there, it was not what I expected at all. This was truly, a hole in a wall place. Our GPS said we arrived our destination, but it didn’t look like there was a restaurant at all. We stood at the barred door for a bit, and we read that the hours for the restaurant is from 10am – 6pm daily. We were looking in until someone from inside asked us what we were up to. Is this super J’s? Yes it is. Ok let’s walk in. And the lady turned on the lights for us.
They sell only 2 items at this place: LauLau and Kalua Pig and Cabbage. We decided to get lunch plates for both items ($7 dollars per plate). Each lunch plate came with steamed rice, the meat, mac & cheese, and lomi lomi.
Laulau was pork steamed, and wrapped in taro leaves. It was really good. The pork was really tender, and juicy. It didn’t have much seasoning in it, it was really simple, it tasted like.. well, pork. I liked it a lot. The taro leaves were also edible, but they didn’t have much taste of their own, it mostly adsorbed the pork taste.
Kalua Pig and Cabbage was stewed pork with cabbage. Again, this dish didn’t have any fancy seasoning in it. It was very light, and a very simple dish.It tasted very much like an Asian dish.
I would recommend the Laulau over the Kalua Pig and Cabbage, if you only had the stomach for 1 item. The pork in the Laulau was just waaay tastier.
For the side dishes, the mac & cheese wasn’t anything special. The Lomi Lomi was a traditional Hawaiian side dish. Think of it as salsa with salmon taste. Weird right, I wasn’t a fan of it. It tasted too fishy for me.
This place had only 1 table. And I think it was at the owner’s house. The owner was super friendly and was very very patient on explaining the dishes to us with our endless questions. She was very mellow, she was prepping her food on the same table that we’re eating at. That was pretty cool, and awkward at the same time because I couldn’t really show any emotions on the food I didn’t enjoy, i.e. the Lomi Lomi.
I felt a little bit like I was at my Grandma’s while I was eating there, and it also felt like I was on one of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations show. A pretty ghetto place, with probably the most authentic Hawaiian food I’ve had.
Note: Cash Only!
Kaaloa’s Super J’s
83-5409 Mamalahoa Hwy
Captain Cook, HI 96704