My Favorite Manapua

There are dim sum places in Honolulu that are really good,
but I prefer heading over to the manapua shops.

Manapua is similar to a steamed bao
with bbq pork, but not found in
dim sum restaurants.

There are many manapua places,
such as Char Hung Sut, Royal Kitchen, 
Island Manapua Factory, or
Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory, just to name a few.

All are good, most people have their
favorite place, mine is
Libby's Manapua Shop in Kalihi.

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Pork Manapua, Pork Hash, and Half Moons 

The Pork Manapua is a steamed bun with a
sweet pork filling, just like a Chashu Bao.

Pork Hash are steamed dumplings filled 
with a denser pork filling, similar to Shu Mai.

 Half Moons

Half Moons have a Ha Gow type of skin,
filled with the same filling as the pork hash.
(Hawaii friends please let me know if
I've got this one right) 

No styrofoam food containers here,
old skool style box...

Don't forget the Chow Fun Noodles!
(sorry no pics)

Libby's Manapua is a takeout only place,
you even help yourself by filling small
cups of soy sauce and spicy mustard.

I usually pick up some manapua on the
way to the airport for the flight home.

410 Kalihi Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 841-2253

Wednesday - Sunday
6 am - 2 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

If you're leaving Oahu and heading
to the airport, Libby's is on the way
off of Nimitz Highway.

The have their own parking lot too...
(I'm from LA, easy in and out access)

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats


Harry Covair said…
In Cantonese "Half Moon's" are called Gok Jai. The "Elephant Ears" are called Har Gau. Most times the fillings for both are the same. The difference is just the shape of the rice skin.

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