About a month ago, I was on the North Shore on a scout for a TV show with Jason Evans of SilverShark Media (a Maui-based production company) and we decided to have lunch at one of the famous shrimp trucks that line the roadsides. I’ve heard a lot about them but never bothered to stop by in all the years I’ve been living on Oahu. Now I know what all the buzz is about and kick myself for not doing it sooner.
A colleague recommended the Famous Kahuku Shrimp Truck for some spicy Korean style shrimp and man was it delicious. For $10, you get a generous portion of sweet, tender, and flavorful shrimp, one scoop rice, and a scoop of mac salad. The Korean lady behind the counter who is the chef, host, and cashier will even peel the shrimp for you if you ask (hint, hint). The menu here is quite diverse with a ton of options for every palate…garlic butter, coconut tempura, surf and turf…you name it, they got it.
It’s not a meal I would have expected to enjoy so much coming out of an old truck that’s been transformed into a roadside kitchen. But as with other food establishments in Hawaii, often times the smaller, older, and more rundown the restaurant is, the better the food you find there. Case and point here, you can’t judge a book by its cover.
Will I be back to a shrimp truck again? You bet! Next time we’ll have to try Giovanni’s, Romy’s, Fumi’s, or one of the other many that line Kamehameha Highway between Kahuku and Turtle Bay Resort. I highly recommend you do the same the next time you’re on the North Shore.
Famous Kahuku Shrimp Truck
Kamehameha Highway (across from Kahuku Hospital)
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.