Since we were on the subject of Hawaiian cuisine... We were? Have you forgotten my Spam musubi already?
There's the fancy seafood Asian fusion food you'll find at places like Roy's. And then there's the everyman's Hawaiian plate lunch.
Most Hawaiian plate lunch places will include a couple of scoops of rice, a scoop of macaroni salad, and your choice of various meats. Those other choices are a reflection of the many immigrants who came and contributed to Hawaii's culture.
Every once in a while when I don't feel like cooking, and when there's a coupon in the mail, I go to L & L Hawaiian Barbecue in La Verne.
Here's a much more neatly wrapped Spam musubi so you can see what it would look like when it's not made one-handed. :P They're $1.59 each, and 99 cents on Mondays and Fridays. The Portuguese sausage musubi is $1.79.
Most plate lunches cost about $6 to $7. My brother always gets the Atkins plate which includes one Korean kalbi short rib, barbecued beef, teriyaki chicken, and two fried eggs, on a bed of cabbage.
I get the same barbecue mixed plate but opt for the non-Atkins version, so I get two scoops of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad. Lately though, the barbecued beef has been overcooked and burnt and the short rib is hit or miss in terms of toughness.
The regular-sized plate is very filling though so I usually get this to share.
You can also get a mini-plate, which includes one scoop of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad. This is the chicken katsu, a generally tender piece of chicken that has been breaded and fried, served with dipping sauce.
Other dishes I've tried at this location include the loco moco - a pre-formed frozen hamburger patty topped with gravy and eggs. It's OK, just don't expect fresh ground beef. The lau lau, pulled pork that's cooked in taro leaves, is good but the portion is pretty small. And the seafood plate of mahi mahi and shrimp is breaded and deep-fried and much too dry for my taste. The kimchee is pretty bland and not spicy, more like pickled cabbage.
I also noticed they sell malasadas, Portuguese doughnuts, 10 for $3.99, in case you're interested in dessert.
Anyway, so if you want a quick and filling alternative to the usual fast food, a Hawaiian plate lunch isn't a bad way to go.
L & L Hawaiian Barbecue (various locations)
2400-A Foothill Blvd.
La Verne, CA 91750