Thursday, October 18, 2012

Famous Kahuku Shrimp (Truck)

On our culinary odyssey through the Hawaiian isles, my wife and I decided to try a few shrimp trucks.  Our first attempt was the "Famous Kahuku Shrimp (Truck)" in Kahuku, Oahu - on the North Shore.  We ordered the Hot and Spicy Shrimp, and Coconut Shrimp.  Honestly, it wasn't that great.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.
Looking at those shrimp, you expect there to be an explosion of flavor.  They were good, but the explosion was lacking.  No explosion.  The dish was one note.  My Hawaiian friends over the pond will be disappointed to hear me say this, but the facts are the facts (and by that I mean this is my opinion).  Plates are not cheap at $10-15 each, so it's not a steal of a deal.  And then there was the macaroni salad.  Salt, pepper, elbow noodles, mayo.  It was bad.  
In the end, I would say, drop by if you are in the area and give it a whirl, but don't go out of your way to this truck like we did.  Moreover, tell them to hold the mac salad, and just take an extra scoop of rice.  Yelp, you let us down - another Aloha Bump.  But DO TRY SHRIMP TRUCKS IN HAWAII.  

Famous Kahuku Shrimp (truck)
56-580 Kamehameha Hwy
North Shore, Oahu 
Kahuku, Hawaii 96731 
Hours of Operation: 10 AM - 6 PM Daily
(808) 389-1173
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  1. I'm sure not all shrimp trucks in Hawaii are bad. But you also forgot to mention that the shrimp still had shells and legs on them so you had to peel them before eating, so you didn't get any of the sauce.

  2. "The facts are the facts, which means my opinion." I like that line.

    I think it's funny that they served macaroni salad with shrimp and rice. The carb ratio seems all out of whack.

    I will take your advice and make sure I eat at a shrimp shack. Hearing of your experience, I'm not sure if the ones we ate at when we went several years ago were good or if we were just desperate. I will retry and then report.