Congratulations to The Pig & The Lady, the newest restaurant to open in Honolulu’s Chinatown!
I’ve been following Chef Andrew Le and his family’s cooking endeavors since they started doing pop-up dinners at Hank’s Haute Dogs two years ago. Since then, they’ve been feeding hoardes of hungry foodies at the KCC, Kailua and Blaisdell Farmers’ Markets each week on Oahu. There was nothing else – still isn’t – like this place in Hawaii. It’s like gourmet Vietnamese street food, each bite packing an explosion of flavor. Since the menus change regularly, there are always new giddiness-inducing dishes to try out. Everything is fresh, affordable, creative, and delicious.
This month, the restaurant will be open for lunch, and they’ll begin serving dinner next month.
The Pig & The Lady is known for their noodles. This delicious Vietnamese Posole (with pig head, Shinsato pepper paste, lemongrass, kaffir lime, and radish) was on the menu this first week. They also just won Best Vietnamese, voted on by readers of Honolulu Magazine.
The mouthwatering Pho French Dip Banh Mi is one of The Pig & The Lady’s more popular farmers’ market dishes. It was nice to see this on the menu at the brick and mortar.
Here’s a throwback: this is the “Hawflake” dessert from a pop-up dinner I attended two years ago. It’s made up of guava sorbet, olive oil cake, and shiso. I’m guilty of having a major sweet tooth, so am excited to taste the desserts they’ll be serving at the restaurant.
The urban casual restaurant is surprisingly spacious. Daniel Anthony of Mana Ai donated the one-of-a-kind handcrafted mango wood tables, giving the dining room a uniquely Hawaii feel.
The hardworking Le Family at the restaurant’s soft opening (L-R): Allison, Andrew, Mama Le, and Alex. Not sure if many people know, but Andrew honed his culinary chops at Chef Mavro Restaurant and graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.
Hawaii’s culinary scene continues to soar, and it’s been wonderful seeing The Pig & The Lady develop as part of that evolution. You can still catch them at the farmers’ markets, but I’d definitely recommend dining at the new Chinatown restaurant.
The Pig & The Lady
83 N. King St. (at Smith)
Honolulu, HI 96817
-by Rebecca Pang for So Much More Hawaii