Each time someone tweets for dining recommendations on the west side of Maui, Star Noodle is always touted as a “must eat”…I finally took a road trip to Lahaina to see what all the fuss is about.
Da man and I started off with steamed pork buns with pressed pork, hoisin, shitake and cucumber. This was my favorite dish of the meal. The pork was cooked perfectly with just the right amount of crispiness in the skin. We added a little hot mustard, which provided a nice contrast to the sweet hoisin.
Next up was garlic fried noodles (fresh garlic, dashi garlic oil and scallions) and fried saimin (with kamoboko, spam, egg, sprouts and scallions). The noodles are made in-house; you could taste the difference…delish.
For dessert, I ordered mango pudding because it reminded me of my favorite part of business trips to Hong Kong, the dessert shops (dessert only shops that stay open late in Causeway Bay with a ton of hot and cold desserts on the menu including sesame pudding, fruit pudding and green bean paste). The mango pudding was refreshing, not overly sweet and had big chunks of mango and a lumpia crisp. Da man had the trio of ice cream in ling hing mui, banana caramel and eggnog. All three were delicious but we both agreed the eggnog was our favorite.
Star Noodle also has a full sake, cocktail, wine and beer assortment. For non-alcoholic beverages, French pressed coffee and sparkling jasmine tea (note to self…try that on the next visit). I had the CranYuzu. Yuzu is a Japanese, sour citrus fruit and I love cocktails or drinks made with yuzu. You had me at yuzu… It is wonderful mixed with cranberry juice.
The decor at Star Noodle is modern bistro with an Asian touch and cool graphic art pieces, reminiscent of my favorite restaurants in Honolulu, casual but special. Our total lunch bill was about ~$50 and the noodle servings were so generous, we had quite a bit left to fill our doggie bags.
Star Noodle is located at 286 Kupuohi Street in Lahaina Business Park (also known as Lahaina Light Industrial). Just drive to the very top of Kupuohi (the same road as Barnes & Noble which is a mandatory stop for me on every trip to Lahaina). 808-667-5400 by phone or @StarNoodle on twitter.
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