Fresh Shrimp Trucks
Have you ever eaten out of the back of a shrimp truck in Hawaii? No! Wow, you have been missing out! I live on the North Shore of Oahu within a few miles of some shrimp aquaculture farms where the shrimp are plentiful. Actually we have an ongoing battle between the North Shore Shrimp Trucks. No kidding! Some of them are stationary, and some move from place to place - why not - they are trucks!
We are just about an hours ride away from the big city of Honolulu, In fact, we are out in the country. Plenty beach, plenty ocean, and plenty shrimp out our way.
The prawns are harvested daily from ponds and cooked up fresh for the visitors and locals. Some of the shrimp trucks have been around for 15 years now. They usually have graffiti on the outside, but the insides of the trucks are modernized and clean.
You actually walk up to the window of the truck and make your order. Shrimp is usually served with two scoops of rice, optional macaroni salad, green salad, pineapple slices, or a lemon slide sometimes on a bed of shredded cabbage.
You can have your shrimp with garlic and butter, lemon butter, sweet andspicy, hot and spicy or with a soy-based sauce. The current price is around $12.00 a plate, but it is a large serving.
Some of the shrimp trucks have shelters nearby that you can sit under on picnic tables. You will want to grab plenty of napkins, because the shrimp can be a bit messy, especially if you have to peel the shrimp.
Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
No need for a reservation - just show up, but prepared to wait a bit if there are lots of tourists. It will be worth the wait!
Hono's Shrimp Truck
Korean-run shrimp truck. All the shrimp trucks have pretty much the same menu, so if one is too busy, you can just drive a little further to the next one. Small kine brah! (no big deal, in other words)
Just in case you are a little wary of eating out of the back of a graffiti covered truck, not far away is a red building that will serve up their own prawns and shrimp. This belongs to Romy's, and it is great for groups, has a private parking lot, is great for kids, is accessible for wheelchairs, and has outdoor seating. It has received a four star average rating and has the same great offerings plus others that the trucks have.
Romy's Kahuku Prawns and Shrimp (808) 232-2202
Well, I have only mentioned three places to get some fantastic freshly cooked shrimp here on Oahu, but you will find as you drive around the islands of Hawaii, there are plenty more. Most of these places have non-shrimp items for sale also if you want a break from shrimp.