Let me preface this blog by saying that Hawaii is my home and one of the things that make this the best State in the world is our culture and food… and our food is the best! From chicken lau lau to loco moco, sweet bread to haupia cake and shave ice to ice cakes… hmmmmmm I take that back on the ice cakes.
What is an ice cake? Take a simple small plastic cup. Put your flavored syrup and water and freeze it. That’s it! It’s sold around the island and has been around since can I remember.
I love my comfort food and I don’t change over to anything new, but recently on a location scout in Puerto Rico I went to some low income areas. While looking at a ditch for our potential car to crash into, an sweet old lady came out from her house with a bunch of familiar items I know to be as ice cakes. I guess it was her home business. Our locations manager passed a coconut one to me and I instantly thought “not gonna be as good as the one I get from the little candy shop from my home town.”
This was the BEST in the world! If I knew the Spanish word for “No Ka Oi” (means “the best” in Hawaiian), I would be using it to replace that definition. Here’s why:
Hawaii: Ice is hard as a lava rock
PR: Ice is flaky for easy biting
Hawaii: Flavor runs out a quarter way in
PR: Flavor last all the way to the last sweet drop
PR: Real fruit
Hawaii: 50 cents to a dollar
PR: 10 cents (hey I’m Chinese… save some cash man!)
As you can see Puerto Rico wins in all counts. Now, leave me alone with my ice cake because this might be the last one I eat once this blog is read by my local Hawaiian peeps.