HONOLULU, HI - The latest food craze sweeping the nation has also taken off here in Hawaii.
Gourmet lunch trucks can be found on streets across town but many lunch wagon owners say they could be forced out of business because of an out of date law.
Lunch wagons in Hawaii have long been known as a quick and easy way to grab something delicious to eat.
“We are really trying to be enterprising in an economy that’s down and we are trying to create work for ourselves,” said Camille Komine, Camille’s On Wheels.
Former television set decorator and food stylist Camille Komine took her culinary skills to the streets a year ago and has received national acclaim for her fusion tacos and homemade pies. But recently Camille along with several others say their future has become uncertain.
Recently Honolulu Police officers started enforcing a city ordinance, originally written in 1978, that states “It is unlawful for any itinerant vendor… to carry on or solicit business in one location on any street or on any public highway for a period of more than 15 minutes.”
“It has put at least one vendor out of business because he can’t set up in 15 minutes,” said Komine.
The citation comes with a fine of $500 per person and up to 30 days in jail and has lunch truck operators driving scared.
“It doesn’t allow a food truck to operate in any capacity,” said Joe Twarowski, Chicago Eatz.
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The recipe we are sharing today comes from the Soul Patrol in Honolulu, Hawaii. The truck is owned by Chef Sean Priester who holds this philosophy when it comes to his food, “Soul food is comfort food. It nourished the mind, the body, and the soul.”
Soul Patrol - Buttermilk Fried Chicken
- 1 gallon buttermilk
- 2/3 gallon water
- 1-3/4 cup salt
- 1-1/4 cup sugar
- 1 10-pound chicken
- Lard or canola oil
- Bring water to a boil. Dilute sugar and salt. Let cool. Add buttermilk.
- Add chicken, and marinate 24-48 hours.
- Pull chicken from brine. Put thumb under thighbone and separate meat from the bone a little to insure the thigh cooks thoroughly when frying.
- Flour chicken. Wait a least one minute before frying to allow the flour to set.
- For the fryer, lard is exceptional, but canola is acceptable. It is always best to fry one piece first to see if brine has taken hold or if your solution had the right concentrations.
- Fry chicken in a deep fryer at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes.
Yeild: 4 servings
All things SOUL Patrol! Location, Menu, Specials, and random musings of SOUL Operations Manager Randy Linville
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Over two years ago Sean Priester’s official launch of the Soul Patrol food truck took place. Since then the truck has been gathering steam in Honolulu. Formerly the executive chef at Top of Waikiki, the chef shares his interpretation of soul food inspired/Pacific Rim influenced food.
HONOLULU, HI - Here’s John Heckathorn’s quick guide to food trucks running around Honolulu, as well as a handy food truck Twitter list to follow. Print it, follow it and go eat it!
If you can’t make it into Soul’s Waialae location, then grab some shrimp and grits, and delicious fried chicken, at the Soul Patrol food truck. Locations and hours vary, 542-8749, pacificsoulhawaii.com.
Who can pass up tacos for $2.50 each? Choose from a menu that includes chicken and carnitas tacos, a carnitas salad or a chicken burrito. Locations and hours vary, 599-0597, xtremetacos.com, orfacebook.com/xtremetacos.
Ono To Go
With a fixed parking-lot location near the back of Walmart, you always know where to go when you want pulehu-rubbed chicken, short ribs and teriyaki steak. Parking lot behind 1346 Kapiolani Blvd., enter from Makaloa St., Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. facebook.com/onotogo.
GoGi Korean Tacos
Korean BBQ meets taco is a nationwide food-truck craze serving up kalbi quesadillas, spicy pork tacos and pork belly on steamed buns. Location and hours variable, (702) 808-7044, eatgogi.com, orfacebook.com/eatgogi.
Gourmet grilled cheese became an instant hit when it took to the streets. Followers enjoy regular grilled cheese with Gruyere, Gouda and Cheddar, a bacon melt and the Melt of Shame. Locations and hours variable, melthonolulu.com.
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