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Maui Chow: Sugarcane & Pineapple Pancakes

jhulla | | Apr 23, 2007 12:06 AM

Spent a week on Maui at one of the large resorts in Kaanapali. Some notables.

E&O (Lahaina): Disaster. Found a recommendation somewhere on the chow-boards. Our meal was just bland. And expensive. This is a chain.

Pacific O (Lahaina): Wife and I shared shrimp wontons, oyster tempura and grilled mahi-mahi on pasta. With a couple of drinks, our meal was $100. Ok. Nothing special. The view and seating was fantastic.

Hali'imaile General Store (on the road to Haleakela): This place was exceptional and worth the drive out. The restaurant runs an organic farm to supply greens and vegetables. The freshness of every ingredient came through.

Gazeo (Napili): Hidden away in the back of a condo-complex, we were excited to eat here after reading multiple chowhounds rave about it. This place did not disappoint. We both got the pancake combo: pineapple, banana and macadamia nut topped with whipped cream and served with coconut syrup. This was heart-stopping good. The line started at 7:15AM for the 7:30am open. Delicious.

Yee's Market (Kihei): And now for the best. Yee's is small straw-thatched shack on the side of Kihei Rd. Mr. Yee and family sell freshly picked fruit. It is dusty. It looks like it hasn't changed for at least a 50 years. Mr. Yee seemed to be surprised to be selling to a tourist. For $10 bucks, we bought guavas, mangos, strawberry bananas, a papaya and best of all, a few sections of sugarcane. I thought I'd have to rip the stiff outer-covering with my teeth to get to the sugary goodness -- but before I could even ask -- the friendly person (Ms. Yee?) pulled out a giant knife and proceeded to perform sugarcane surgery. Within a couple of minutes, the sugarcane sections had been stripped, divided in half, sliced into bite-sized chunks and deposited into a ziploc bag. This bag was handed over to me with a smile.

I walked away with a big-shit eating grin on my face. The guavas were delicious. The mangoes were sweet. The strawberry bananas tasted more like banana than strawberry. The papaya was a great breakfast treat.

But the sugarcane. Oh the sugarcane. For those of you that do not know how: you pop a chunk of sugarcane in your mouth and start chewing. The first hit of the sweet juice is as good as the last. After you've exhausted the chunk -- you spit out the thick fibers and do it again. I savored every bit. Absolutely awesome.

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