Photo by Amanda Castleman
The Pig and the Lady
Started as a farmers' market stand, this superb spot in Honolulu's Chinatown serves contemporary Vietnamese food with global accents. Andrew Le—a 2014 James Beard Rising Chef of the Year semifinalist—brings Culinary Institute of America chops, while his mother Loan "Mama" Le contributes inspiration from her youth in Ho Chi Minh City. In addition to running an award-winning kitchen, the two have created drinks like the Redivider (pisco, pandan two ways, and coconut water) and the Cobra Commander (avocado mezcal, sriracha ice, Pamplemousse Rose, and lime). Nonalcoholic delights include coconut horchata and a shrub made from pear, ginger, and cinnamon. Reserve ahead for a spot in this bustling, exposed-brick space, full of communal tables and funky light fixtures.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
Have the best bowl of pho in your life at The Pig and the Lady
At CIA-trained Andrew Le's The Pig and the Lady in Honolulu's Chinatown, you don't get your basic run of the mill Vietnamese. Le incorporates his classical training into his modern Vietnamese menu, resulting in incredible, high quality fare. Think your neighborhood pho joint is good? Stop in to try Le's signature bowl of pho, which is taste -tested daily by his mom, and prepare to be blown away. His bone marrow and escargot appetizer, and his pho brisket French dip are winners as well.
By Mai Pham
83 N King St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
Mon - Sat 11am - 3pm
Tue - Sat 5:30pm - 9:30pm