I made it again this year to the 2009 Portuguese Festa, which took place yesterday, September 19, 2009. Albeit I arrived very late in the afternoon, so most of the food booths had already closed down. The only Portuguese grindz remaining were the Portuguese Bean Soup tent, Portuguese Sausage Hot Dog tent, Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop Malassadas tent and a purveyor of pickled foods inside.
It was way too hot for soup or hot dogs, so I decided just to have a sample of Agnes’ Malassadas, as I’ve never tried theirs before; only Leonard’s and Champion.
Like Andagi at the Okinawan Festival, at the Portuguese Festa, Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop cooks their Malassadas by bulk in this giant propane burner Wok…
Here they are piping hot ‘n fresh out of the fryer, when they must be immediately coated with the granulated sugar…
There you have it…
Let’s have a bite…
How is it? I’d say Agnes’ Malassada is more glutenous and less “airy” (more dense) than Leonard’s and Champion, which of those two, are difficult to tell apart IMO. Agnes’ Malassada is very similar both in flavor and texture to the one Punahou Carnival sells. Both Punahou and Agnes’ Malassada dough recipe must look very similar by the numbers. How would I rate it? Easy 4 SPAM Musubi for taste, albeit overpriced at $1 each, which seems high considering how small each one is. They should be more like 60 cents or 75 cents each max. Of course, like most cultural festivals, this is a fundraiser, so higher prices are expected right across the board.
Then you have their spelling with two “SS” instead of one: Malassada; not Malasada. They say the proper spelling is with two S’s. OK, fine then. I might change my name to Pommai. lol
I also picked up a couple packages of boiled Lupini Beans, which the Portuguese call Tremocas…
It’s difficult to explain what Tremocas taste like. Think tender Kidney bean meets boiled peanut and that sort of is how they taste. Not exactly, but you get the picture.
I also got a container of pickled garlic…
Now this I really dig! Pickled Garlic? Who woulda’ thought?! It’s FANTASTIC! Of course very healthy as well. If you have recipe for pickled garlic, please share. I want to learn how to make my own. This one is very simple, tasting like just vinegar, salt and water, yet it’s absolutely ONO. Love it.
Guess who else was there during my visit? The “Supah’ Podogee” himself, FRANK DELIMA!….
The same Portuguese ethnic displays from last year’s festival were on display again this year, along with a multi-ethnic geneology tracing room with experts on hand to help anyone interested in finding their roots in Portugal. My cousin who is a government professor in Washington DC already did that footwork for our family.
I’ll make sure to arrive earlier at next year’s Festa so I don’t miss out on all the other Portuguese grindz. Good stuff.
One of the reasons I got there late was that I spent about 40 minutes outside on Magic Island (in Ala Moana Beach Park) trying to get a glimpse of the Thunderbirds airshow that was also taking place at the time I was there. While they remained mostly over the Hickam/Airport area, I was still able to capture a few cool jet trail shots. Here they are…
Thunderbirds over Hickam AFB, Ala Moana beach (on a clear sunny day) in foreground
The Thunderbirds will also be performing today, Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 3pm at Hickam AFB.
See you there!
P.S. A new restaurant will be opening in 2010 called Taste of Portugal Restaurant Hawaiii, featuring classic Portuguese cusine. Some of the featured dishes include:
• Portuguese Bean Soup
• Famous Codfish Dishes
• Carne de Porco Alentejana (Portuguese Pork & Clams)
• Cozido a Portuguesa (traditional boiled meat & cabbage dish)
• Other Brazillian and Portuguese dishes
For more information, visit their website here: