Shiro’s Does a Number With Protein

Columns Surf and Turf

August 4, 2013

Story By: Steve Murray | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

The number of protein combinations at Shiro’s Saimin Haven may number in the innumerable. Listed at 65 items, even before getting to the entrees, new menu items, daily specials, sandwiches and breakfast options, the menu at the decades-old restaurant has nearly everything a person could want. You can even get two of your favorites in the same dish.

Such an option is Lau Lau with Kalua Pork ($9.65). The lau lau is how it should be: generous pieces of pork and fish are wrapped in taro leaves, tied tightly and steamed for hours until everything is moist and juicy. Unwrapped, the fish and pork are both tender and sweet, as well as smoky, rich and satisfying. The side of kalua pork, which could be redundant, isn’t. While sharing the same lineage as a lau lau ingredient, kalua pork is also a welcomed addition to the meal.

If you prefer your protein on the wing, Shiro’s Original Hula Hula Chicken ($9.60) is worth considering. According to the menu, it’s “tery-yakking” good! What more do you need to know?

One half of a broiler chicken is steamed then fried to a crispy exterior. Topped with the savory teriyaki glaze, it’s a juicy, tender and popular choice among Shiro’s loyal customers.

Both dishes come with a side of white rice and mixed vegetables.

Shiro’s Saimin Haven

Waimalu Shopping Center
98-020 Kamehameha Hwy.
Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Aiea, HI 96701

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