Monday, March 9, 2020

Elena's (Part 2)

(Original Post -- December 2011)

For the past few years, Elena's also has had food trucks roam the streets of Oahu. They came by the Central Pacific Plaza building (S King and Alakea) through the end of February 2020. Because I enjoyed their food from before, I had to make my return visit.

Since moving back to Hawaii and now working in downtown Honolulu, I've become spoiled with the food options. And now knowing that food trucks may stop remotely in the area, the panda may become fluffier faster.

It's hard to believe I last went to Elena's some nine years ago. Since my pics from that blog post may be lost in the archives somewhere, I figured this was also a good time to get updated ones.

Of course, I beelined for their signature dish, the Pork Adobo Fried Rice Omelet ($8.75). It's a hefty omelet filled with fried rice and pork adobo, the latter a Filipino delicacy involving simmering chunks of pork in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic. This leaves the meat juicy, tender, and flavorful. The exact seasonings remain a guarded family secret.

I'd guesstimate about four eggs in the omelet, a thin layer enveloping the fried rice and pork adobo like a crepe. I got some sriracha on the side.

While the price has predictably increased a bit from nine years ago (used to be around $7.50), I'm happy that the quality has remained the same. And a lot of people could make two meals out of the portion.

Scheduled construction has made Elena's find an alternative spot starting in March 2020, but you know I will find their truck if they remotely remain within walking distance.

Elena's remains one of my favorite Oahu spots just for this omelet. Either head to their restaurant, or find one of their roaming food trucks! 8.75/10

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