Mike’s Huli Chicken – Oahu

Seen from the road.
Seen from the road.
Kiawe wood broiling Mike's chicken.
Kiawe wood broiling Mike’s chicken.

Food truck.
Food truck.

Smoke was rising into the sky.  Flames licked the chicken as it slow turned over the grill.  Huli huli chicken the sign said.  I tried making it myself and I didn’t die afterwards.  Yet the experience was less than satisfying.  Mike’s was highly rated on yelp and I was excited to try the chicken here.  Service was swift and I could smell that sweet scent of kiawe wood grilled chicken.  The dark skin was crunchy.  The meat tender and moist.  Sweet flavor of the huli huli sauce and chicken was delicious.  Best huli huli chicken I have ever had.  🙂

Huli huli chicken, kalua pork, Hawaiian pineapple.
Huli huli chicken, kalua pork, Hawaiian pineapple.

Kalua pork was made in an imu oven.  Tender pork with flavors of smoke, pork, and a bit of salt.  One of the best kalua pork plates I’ve had.

Kalbi ribs with Hawaiian pineapple.
Kalbi ribs with Hawaiian pineapple.

Kalbi ribs were tender and the flavors of the sauce, the smokiness, and the beef were well balanced.  One of the best kalbi dishes I’ve had.

Pineapple was grown in Hawaii.  There is a juicy sweetness to Hawaii pineapples I have never found anywhere else.  In California most of the pineapples I see were grown in Costa Rica.  Flavor is way less sweet and really kicks you hard when eating it.  This Hawaiian pineapple is so sweet and goes down smooth.  🙂

Kiawe wood
Kiawe wood

Food was so good I couldn’t get enough in one meal.  I ate here twice in one day.  Flavors perfectly match my palate.

Chicken crossing.
Chicken crossing.
Mike with the hungryones.
Mike with the hungryones.

I was lucky enough to meet Mike as he was checking on his customers.  Real nice guy who didn’t mind taking a photo with us.  He told us about how he prepared his kalua pork and his meeting with Guy Fieri.  This is one of the coolest places I’ve ever eaten at.

On the road to Mike's.
On the road to Mike’s.
Near Mike's.
Near Mike’s.
Mike’s Huli Chicken
47-525 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaneohe, HI 96744

 

8 Comment

  1. Darren says: Reply

    Hawaii has been calling me for a while. I need to go! Super jealous. Have you been to the Dole plantation? That’s where you can get pineapple overload…mmmmm.

    1. Soo says: Reply

      Hurry and go before ticket prices go up! Dole Plantation was cool! I liked going on the tour and seeing how things were grown and they had excellent Dole Whip for sale. 🙂

  2. Maggie Addleman says: Reply

    Wish we could eat there everyday!
    Beautiful pictures…

    1. Soo says: Reply

      Thanks! You gotta save up and fly there again!

  3. Faye says: Reply

    I can’t believe the beautiful pineapple that came with the dish 🙁 I wish I could try bbq cooked over Kiawe wood. In the 2nd pic, there’s a meat that’s red – is that chicken as well? Maybe a char siu sauce?

    1. Soo says: Reply

      The red meat is char siu. I gotta try it next time! We should do a foodie trip to Oahu! I have a timeshare over there. Hawaiian pineapple is the best I’ve ever had. I was so sad they stopped exporting it to CA. 🙁

  4. omg looks so good! I remember seeing a rotisserie chicken food truck on our last visit to norcal but unfortunately we had eaten already. need to find something local! do you know of anywhere?

    1. I’m not really liking the options in San Diego. Costco or El Pollo Loco are where I go. Hawaii has much better chicken!

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