Strange foods at a market in Honolulu's Chinatown
Happy Halloween! My favorite holiday of the year. A bit of a bummer that I won't be with my friends for the big party this year but I'll just have to make some new friends! I read in my guidebook that Chinatown is not to be missed, both for the culture shock factor and for the food. It was also said that morning was the best time to go, so I hopped an early bus for Honolulu. I got off early so I could walk around in the business district a bit, this is actually my first visit to downtown Honolulu, I have done most of my city stuff in Waikiki
. It seems like a nice enough city, nothing particularly special. I stopped in a Jamba Juice for breakfast where the very young clerks were already adorned in their Halloween costumes.
Jun from "LOST" in Honolulu's Chinatown
I still need to put mine together! I walked a few blocks into Chinatown and found some of the markets. What interesting stuff they have! Fruits that I've never seen nor tasted everywhere! One nice merchant let me try a few things, like lychee and dragonfruit. I still want to try the giant, spikey breadfruit, even though I've heard it doesn't taste very good. I checked out the indoor markets where you can buy pig heads (and every other part of the animal you can imagine), eels, very fresh fish, dried fish and meats... the smells are strange and interesting. One of the most highly recommended places to eat is a dim sum restaurant around here called Golden Palace. I've never made a meal of dim sum but have always wanted to, what better place to try it? The reputation is well deserved.
Film-shoot of an episode of "LOST" in Honolulu's Chinatown. The character Jun is the guy in the suit under the umbrella
I love dim sum! I got to try 6 or 7 different types of steamed, well, things. Some were like buns, others dumplings. Some were sweet and some had meat and/or veggies. They just kept coming by with carts full of bamboo steamer baskets and showing me different items. I must have had 20 or more pieces and got really full. I was afraid my bill was going to be huge, but the whole thing, with tea came to 7 or 8 bucks! I decided to continue walking around Chinatown for a while to work off lunch when I came to a street with a bunch of cars with foreign license plates sitting in the middle of the street. There were signs in Korean over the Chinese shops real signs. Needless to say, I was a bit confused. Then I saw the movie cameras and crew at the other end of the street and realized they were shooting a movie or something.
Another shot of Jun from "LOST" in Honolulu's Chinatown
I kept walking down the street (which I later found out was closed to all outsiders) and I almost ran into Jun from LOST! I love that show and I was going to get to watch them film it! I hid behind a corner and snapped a few pictures, which of course is forbidden, but who could resist? It was an episode from season 4 that has now been aired, so if you're a fan: The episode that revolves around Jun and Sun where Jun is buying the giant stuffed panda back in korea and runs out into the street when the cab takes off with the toy: that was the scene I watched them film! Very cool. The rain came down more steadily as the day progressed so I decided to go to Ala Moana and start building my Halloween costume for tonight. Should be a party!