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Grindz of the Day: Pinakbet & Sunny Side Pies

Pinakbet & Pork Adobo plate from Kay’s Kitchenette in Kalihi valley, $3.99

How’s that for contrast? Not just from a culinary standpoint, but also geographically, with one from deep within Kalihi valley, and the other from way across the island up in Wahiawa. Besides, you know us island-locked motorists: the drive from Pearl City to Waikiki is considered “far”, likened to driving from Las Angeles to Las Vegas. lol Well OK, that’s an exaggeration, but you know what I’m sayin’.

Diner E was running his daily errands in Kalihi valley earlier this week, when he finally cured his curiousity and checked out this obscure hole-in-the-wall lunch stand in an old business building located across Kalihi Uka Elementary named Kay’s Kitchenette.

It’s the adventurous, open-minded spirit like that which leads to wonderful new discoveries, as turned out to be the case here. Yes, that 2-choice, “dwarfing L&L” full-sized plate of Filipino favorites was a Peso-busting $3.99. Yet belying its much-lower-than market price (especially in comparison with other Filipino restaurants), the Pork Adobo and Pinakbet here really hit the mark! Even Diner C – who is originally from the Philippines – tried some and gave it two thumbs up. All her trained palate could have asked more of was perhaps a dash or two more Patis (fish sauce) or Bagoong (shrimp paste) in the Pinakbet, but still, for what its worth, she thought it was authentic and very good. The Pork Adobo was moist and tender inside, while having a perfectly-balanced shoyu/vinegar/peppercorn/bay leaf/whatever other secret ingredient thing goin’ on. As far as I’m concerned, both masarap (delicious) to da max. lol Fo’ realz! Who would have thought? Kay’s Kitchenette!

Now that we sampled some grinds from “LA”, lets head on over to “LV” and get our dessert on with some of Wahiawa’s famous Sunny Side pies!…

Sunny Side Bakery’s Blueberry Pie

“An apple a day keeps the… ” oh never mind, I can’t think of anything clever to make of that right now…

Sunny Side Bakery’s Apple Pie

Never judge a book by its cover, especially when it involves chocolate…

Sunny Side Bakery’s Chocolate Creame Pie

In case you’re a regular reader here and feeling Deja Vu, yes I have covered Sunny Side pies in the past here. Yet back then, I was more reserved on photo file sizes due to server space and bandwidth limitations. Therefore, since I have much more hosting liberty now, here’s some bigger photos of the same pies (Sunny Side’s most popular), fast-forward December 2008.

As was the case then is repeated again this year, with one of our company vendors offering these as a token of appreciation for the business in the giving spirit during the holiday season. Which is another reason why going on a diet between November 1st and December 31st is pointless. If you can resist any of these sitting on the break room table, you are STRONG my friend. Jedi Knight strong. lol

Let’s have a “slice” of the Chocolate Cream pie first…

Sunny Side Bakery Chocolate Cream Pie slice

Reason I bring this one up first is because there’s an important point we realized must be made when serving pies from Sunny Side: they need to be CHILLED. As they were served at this particular moment, they were room temperature, to which the pudding-based fillings were at a melting point. Especially this Chocolate Cream. As you can tell by the photos of it, it’s practically imploding. Which is why this one in particular looks so “hammah-jang”.

Still! The core of the sum of its parts all work together so beautifully, especially the buttery, crunchy crust, that you could just as well mash and mix it all up in a bowl over a some ice cream and still be a happy camper! Hey, I think I’ll try that next time: a Sunny Side Pie Ice Cream Mash.

Next we have a scrumptious slice of Sunny Side’s Blueberry Cream Pie…

Sunny Side’s Blueberry Cream Pie

You’ll have to fight me over this piece.

Finally the apple…

Sunny Side’s Apple Pie

While not quite the decadent buttery devil that is Holy’s, Sunny Side still shines in the crust department, including this apple pie. Oishii.

Sunny Side really should consider expanding into mass-production for distribution to the supermarkets like Teddy’s Bakery. That’d be fantastic if they can pull that off. Investors, anyone?

Bonus “Grindz of the Day” addition!

Last Sunday I made Chashumen (Shoyu Ramen with plenty Chashu in it) with Shrimp Shumai and Ponzu dipping sauce for da’ gang. Like sample some? Here’s a virtual bowl for ya’…

Sun Noodle Shoyu (nama) Ramen with Chashu (chashumen), menma, boiled egg, mung bean sprouts and negi, along with shrimp shumai and ponzu dipping sauce


9 thoughts on “Grindz of the Day: Pinakbet & Sunny Side Pies

  • December 19, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Now das what I’m talkin’ about! That adobo look fit for a Filipino! I miss home so much…my mom’s adobo and my aunty’s pinakbet. So so masarap! I having one salt craving just thinking about it. Looks awesome.
    And for only $3.99? Gimme 2 plates.

    As for me, I live in LV and that trek to LA is harsh sometimes. But at least the weather in Oahu is bearable..unlike the summers here!

  • December 19, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Just wanted to wish you a happy holiday!
    Love your blog!

  • December 19, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Pomai Dude Man,
    You are the Deal Hunter of all Deal Hunter. At 3.99 for that Adobo is really rock. I going to get some NOW! How is their lumpia? They should make some fresh lumpias BOY with garlic sauce is really awesome.

  • December 20, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Sunny Side Chocolate Cream Pie – my all time favorite. When I worked at Wheeler I bought one every week to take home for my family to eat! Gotta get there early though!

  • December 20, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Howzit Nate, hope all is well back in Uchinanchu land! My fav’ (as stated) is the Blueberry.

    Kelike, due to timing (not open early enough), it may be a while before diner E is able to stop by Kay’s Kitchenette again soon. But based on what we sampled from this one plate, including the PRICE!, it’s probably worth the treck into Kalihi valley to check it out yourself.

    Speaking of good Lumpia, I was really impressed with the ones from Ba’le Sandwich shop (the Ala Moana Zippy’s location) we picked up recently. FWIW, masarap!

  • January 9, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Can anyone tell me an address and where this Kay’s Kitchenette is located? I really want to go! It’s in Honolulu right?

  • January 9, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Howzit J, as mentioned in my write-up, Kay’s Kitchenette is located right across the street from Kalihi Uka Elementary School (thanks to Google Earth). Here’s the address to Kalihi Uka Elementary (thanks to Google)…

    Kalihi Uka Elementary School (across the street Ewa-side is Kay’s Kitchenette)
    2411 Kalihi Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

    Your best bet is to get there during lunch hour.

    If you go, please let us know what you ordered and how it was. Mahaloz.


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