Hawaii Mom Blog: The Pig and the Lady




August 21, 2014

The Pig and the Lady

Last night I had dinner at the Pig and the Lady restaurant with some friends.  This was my second visit, but first time for dinner.  Located in Chinatown, Chef Andrew Le serves menu items inspired by Mama Le's home cooking and the food cultures of Vietnam, Asia and the Pacific.  The restaurant also features guest chefs and new artists to help promote and support Honolulu’s food scene. 

On my previous visit for brunch, I had the most delicious pho French dip banh mi and the yummiest Dutch pancake ever.  Note the pancake takes about 20 minutes.  Having just fallen in love with tsukemen, I ordered the pho tsukemen.  The perfectly cooked noodles are paired with 12 hour brisket, salt cured egg yolk, fried shallots, roasted peanuts, garlic chives and the pho tsuyu for you to dip all that goodness in.  It was incredible. 

But I couldn’t help be jealous of my friend’s signature pho in the steaming hot broth.  It looked absolutely delicious and it’s no wonder Frolic Hawaii recently named the P&L pho as their top pho in Hawaii.  I am definitely ordering it the next time. 

I really liked their interesting offerings of cocktails.  I went with the Golden Pig - champagne, lemongrass and crushed ice served in a skinny glass jar.  It was so refreshing and went really well with the pho.  

One thing that didn’t excite me much was dessert.  We ordered 4:  Pineapple Ice (chocolate cream, kulolo, kalamansi, shiso); Kaya Panna Cotta (lilikoi, star fruit, kaya, coconut churros, thai basil); Carmelized Avocado Cake (local bee pollen, strawberries, pea shoots, corn gelato); and Watermelon sorbet (compressed melon, ginger beer).  I liked the watermelon sorbet the best as it was simple.  The rest were a little too much for my palette to take. 

My advice is to skip dessert and order another cocktail.  The star of the show will always be the pho anyway.  Really love the ambience of the restaurant with its brick walls and high ceilings.  The restaurant has a great atmosphere that is friendly to patrons of all ages. 

The Pig and The Lady

83 N. King Street (Pacific Gateway Center Building) 


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