Monday, April 4, 2011

Lazy Day Milk Tea

It’s nice to have a completely open Saturday every once in a while. Nowhere to go, no set time to be there. The only thing on my agenda yesterday was to get a cup of milk tea. Hong Kong-style milk tea, to be exact. Kukui Cafe was the place to go.

Lists of dishes and drinks were spread across several menu boards, some hand-stenciled, others written in marker in Chinese and English. I ordered my milk tea and a bowl of ham and egg soup with macaroni.

Macaroni? I know, I never thought I’d see it on an Asian menu until I spotted macaroni dishes at the Shooting Star Cafe in Oakland, another Hong Kong-style cafe. Somehow it just works. And yes, ham and egg soup is considered a breakfast food. Breakfast can be had at any time on Saturday, in my opinion.

It was a simple yet satisfying meal. The milk tea was bold; as sweet as it was strong. It was the first time I remember having the chilled version, but I liked it. I needed to take the rest of my soup with me, being so densely packed with macaroni and having a second serving of sliced ham hidden under the egg.

Okay, the Kukui Cafe isn’t in the best of areas, but there are a couple of impressive structures nearby. On the other side of Nuuanu Stream is the Izumo Taisha, a Shinto shrine.

And across Kukui Street is the Lum Sai Ho Tong Building, housing a temple to Lum family deity Tin Hau. 

What a nice milk tea afternoon. Now I just need to check out those Hong Kong-style dessert spots that everyone is talking about…. 

Kukui Cafe 
Chinatown Cultural Plaza, 100 North Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
(Around the back, at the corner of Nuuanu Stream and Kukui Street)
(808) 537-4528


  1. Damn girl, you are just taking this blog and running with it! Love it!

  2. Hehe, thanks! Glad you're liking it. It's fun :) Oh, and happy you're going to be a part of my next tea adventure!