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The Truck That Transports You to the Sea

By Steve Murray Photos By Rachel Breit
January 20, 2013

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The way things are going, it’s getting nearly impossible to get an ordinary burger from a food truck. That’s not a criticism. The evolution of mobile restaurants and the menus they feature has turned once basic fare into gourmet food to go. Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood is such an example.

Located on Kapahulu Avenue, a block mauka from Leonard’s Bakery, the simple looking vehicle is turning out food that seems to run counter to its outside appearance. A good example of this is Garlic Shrimp ($6.95).

Lightly floured, the shrimps are sauteed with Blue Water’s famous, and secret, garlic butter sauce, roasted garlic, white wine, seafood stock, cream and lemon juice until they are perfectly done, creamy and wonderfully juicy. Butterflying the shrimp with the shell remaining maintains moisture while providing pukas for the flavorful ingredients to mingle and hide.

Another underpriced dish that overwhelms with flavor is the Salmon Plate ($7.95). A big reason for this appetizer’s success is the simpleness of its preparation. It all comes down to salt, pepper, fresh caught fish and the correct serving temperature. Blue Water serves its salmon medium rare, which is just how it should be done. The fish has a light crisp on the exterior, is fall apart tender and has a fresh, mild flavor that is a result of its simple and quick cooking technique.

Keeping with the fish, Furikake Ahi ($6.95) is another tender and appealing appetizer. Sashimi-grade ahi is lightly marinated in a shoyu/wasabi bath, coated on one side with the furikake mixture and quickly seared to a buttery medium rare. The exterior is nearly blackened, while the interior remains untouched. Not only does this combination make for great flavor, but also adds an important textural change that is the hallmark of most great recipes.

Finally, Blue Water offers lobster ($9.95). Yep, roadside dining now includes one of the ocean’s great delicacies. Unlike many restaurants that bake or boil its lobster, Blue Water coats its 8 ounce lobster tails with salt, pepper and paprika before searing it in white wine, garlic butter, seafood stock and lemon. What comes out is a lightly crisp, but very tender lobster tail that continues to up the ante for food truck dining.

Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood

1006 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu
Open daily, Breakfast 7-11 a.m. Lunch/Dinner 11 a.m.-10 p.m.