At the beginning of Monday’s “Hawaii Five-0,” Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) not only introduced Danno (Scott Caan) to the wonders of coco puffs. The expansive fan base of the filmed-in-Hawaii CBS reboot got the word about Liliha Bakery’s golden delight, the mini cream puff stuffed with an ono chocolate cream and topped with a small hill of Chantilly frosting. They even showed off the recently-launched chocolate-colored box-with-a-handle, which is toted out of the little shop of pleasures daily at $13.70 a dozen.
It’s great the show informs its viewing public about the real-life grindz of our lovely state; this might not please the local populace, regularly flocking to that the crowded gallery of eager buyers on Kuakini Street. It'll be a lot more jammed with folks who are discovering this delish delight for the first time.
Memo to bakery owner Peter Kim: move your number-picking dispenser up front somewhere inside your double-swing doors; where it is located —at the middle of the back showcased of baked goodies — creates unnecessary elbowing to retrieve a ticket.
You newbies: Gotta get the ticket with a number, and then wait for yours to be called, before you can order up the coco puffs. And have patience: if you land No. 46, you’ll likely have to wait for about 30 more other numbers to be sequentially called, before yours comes up (but there will be a handful of missing folks, perhaps 7 or 8, who are in a rush and don’t have the perseverance to simply wait).
The coco puffs mention reminds me of the time “Sex and the City” featured the cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, at Bleeker and W. 11th St., in New York. Result: Long lines just to get into the bakery; limos parked on the street, awaiting orders; no number system inside, so you wait and wait, and then chomp the treat while strolling the sidewalks.
TV does put an imprint on hungry viewers.
I imagine when Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan) mentioned chowing down at Side Street Inn after their crimeflighting, business went up a skosh. Did they have the fried pork chops? Fried chicken? Fried rice?
The CBS reboot earlier introduced Leonard’s malassadas and Waiola shave ice to the viewership. Oh, but there’s a lot more bread to break:
• The sweet potato crumble (the tempura- or manju-like deep fried Okinawan sweet potato treat), from Mitsuba, the okazuya on N. School Street in Kalihi.
• Apple Napples from Zippy's Napoleon Bakery. It’s an oldie, but still a goodie; the coconut Napple is pretty good, too, but pass on the chocolate one.
• The velvet cupcake, at Cupcake Couture, in Aina Haina. Buzz is building, too, for a newcomer, Let Them Eat Cupcakes, in the midst of a store launch now.
• The chimney cakes at Zsoli’s Chimney Cakes, formerly a kiosk at the Ala Moana Center food court; the owners are searching for another location, so be on the lookout. It’s a pastry log, with Hungarian roots, coated with sugar — or cinnamon, pecan, or sprinkles — that is both mysterious and marvelous.
• The pipikaula short ribs, at Helena’s Hawaiian Food, on School Street; you’ll see ’em hanging in the kitchen, smell it while you’re ordering.
• The spicy edamame appetizer, at Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room, at Macy’s Ala Moana. Finger-licking good; if not eating in, do takeout, since it reheats beautifully in the microwave
E’Nuff for now. Drooling, just thinking of these snackables.