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Best Pipi Kaula - Final Results and Rankings



Click on a Judge to see their profile. Mouse over each Judge's score to see their comment explaining that score and a score breakdown. A complete list of judge's comments is located below the results table. Scoring was weighted with Taste=70% and Texture=30%. To see the level of agreement/disagreement in the judge's scoring, the highest score for each judge is highlighted in yellow and the second highest score is highlighted in brown.


Rank Name Judge 1
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Average Score Out of 10 Normalized Score
#1 Helena's Hawaiian Food
10Taste 10...Texture 10. Yummy! Really good. Good cut. Tender. Tasty. Again kinda like smoked meat. 6.4Taste 7...Texture 5. Doesn't taste like what I think of as pipi kaula. More like its own meat recipe, but yummy. 9.0Taste 9...Texture 9. This is delicious! Not what I thought would be pipi kaula texture, but the flavor is delicious. Good salt-sweet-fat balance. 9.7Taste 10...Texture 9. Really savory, hint of sweet, good ratio fat/lean. Really 'ono overall. Dried yet juicy. Not too salty. 8.0Taste 8...Texture 8. Nice taste and flavor. 7.7Taste 8...Texture 7. Steakish but soft, good taste. Not too salty but good. Soft too. A little burnt but good. 8.0Taste 8...Texture 8. I think this one's Helena's. Juicy. 8.40 100%
#2
Highway Inn (Dry Style)
10Taste 10...Texture 10. Yum! So ono! Good cut, I think. Tender but dried perfect. Almost like smoked meat. 1.3Taste 1...Texture 2. Hamburger tasting. Greasy. 7.7Taste 8...Texture 7. Very steak-like. Good salt taste, but it grows in your mouth rather than hitting on the head. 4.4Taste 5...Texture 3. More like steak, but not as much as "D" texture. Was too tough and fatty piece was chewy couldn't swallow. 3.7Taste 4...Texture 3. A little chewy, good salt but could use more smokey flavor. 6.7Taste 7...Texture 6. Dry, chewy, very chewy, steakish again. 6.7Taste 7...Texture 6. Juicy, tough exterior. 5.79 68.9%
#3
People's Cafe
4.0Taste 4...Texture 4. The driest and saltiest so far. Need a beer!. 6.0Taste 6...Texture 6. Dry, salty, but not reddish like I would expect. 6.7Taste Taste 7...Texture 6. Salty! Yummy chewiness, but still too much like steak. Did I say it was salty? 2.7Taste 3...Texture 2. Very salty. Almost only thing I can taste but has a "liver" flavor aftertaste. Texture is too tough/rough. 5.4Taste 6...Texture 4. Slightly dryer, good salty smokey flavor. 6.4Taste 7...Texture 5. Hard meat. Salty. Steakish dry. Different taste. 9.0Taste 9...Texture 9. Salty, but not too overpowering. 5.74 68.4%
#4 Ono's Hawaiian Food
2.0Taste 2...Texture 2. Peppery, stringy, chewy. Don't like it. 5.7Taste 6...Texture 5. Spicy, reddish, dry like I expected. 6.6Taste 6...Texture 8. Pretty basic tasting. A little spiciness. The flavor is like beef jerky although the texture is approaching pipi kaula-ness. 5.0Taste 5...Texture 5. Peppery. "Looks" like pipi kaula to me. Nice combo of flavors. Has a beef jerky taste and texture. 4.0Taste 4...Texture 4. Salty and peppery taste. 4.3Taste 4...Texture 5. Back to pastrami-ish. Salty. Tough. Too salty. 10Taste 10...Texture 10. Nice, smokey taste. Peppery. 5.37 63.9%
#5 Fort Ruger Market
9.0Taste 9...Texture 9. Red, the pepperiest and spiciest one of the group. Really tender. Of the "reds" the best one. 3.0Taste 3...Texture 3. Corned beefy. Soft. 6.7Taste 7...Texture 6. Kind of like corned beef. A little spicy. A tiny bit fishy for some reason. 4.3Taste 4...Texture 5. Tastes cured like pastrami or corned beef but very tender. Almost indistinguishable from "A" and "B". 2.3Taste 2...Texture 3. More like a deli meat taste, salty. 6.3Taste 6...Texture 7. Pastrami-ish again. Little different taste. Soft. 5.6Taste 5...Texture 7. Looks tasty. Not as fatty as it looks. 5.31 63.3%
#6 Haili's Hawaiian Food
7.0Taste 7...Texture 7. More shoyu. Kinda teri sauce tasting. Soft, good. 3.0Taste 3...Texture 3. Beefy, sweet, fermented tasting. 6.0Taste 6...Texture 6. More of a chewy, beefy flavor and texture. Not very smoky. 6.4Taste 7...Texture 5. Peppery, not too salty. More like the pipi kaula I was raised with. Tasty. 2.6Taste 2...Texture 4. Slightly fishy taste. A little more salty. 6.3Taste 6...Texture 7. Soft meat. More salty/shoyu? 5.7Taste 6...Texture 5. On the tough side. Not too much flavor. 5.29 62.9%
#7 Yama's Fish Market
5.6Taste 5...Texture 7. Red, peppery, almost like pastrami. Soft melts in mouth. 2.7Taste 3...Texture 2. Rubbery, not much flavor, like deli meat. 5.0Taste 5...Texture 5. Tender, mild, not a lot of smoke taste. Doesn't seem dried. Pastrami-ish. 4.6Taste 4...Texture 6. Tender with peppery after taste. On the salty side but that's not a bad thing. 3.6Taste 3...Texture 5. Soft and chewy. Not too smoky flavor. 5.6Taste 5...Texture 7. Soft meat. Pastrami-ish. Good texture moist. 9.0Taste 9...Texture 9. Not too dry. Nice color. Tender. 5.16 61.4%
#8 Redondo's Supermarket Brand
(wildcard/control)
4.6Taste 4...Texture 6. Red, generic, bland, boring but soft. My kid likes it though. 2.0Taste 2...Texture 2. Plain, chemical tasting. Soft. 6.4Taste 7...Texture 5. Also fairly tender, although less so than "A". Better smoke flavor, but still tastes like pastrami. 3.6Taste 3...Texture 5. Salty, tastes like "A" and kind of like pastrami. Tender. 3.6Taste 3...Texture 5. Soft and chewy more like a deli meat. 6.3Taste 6...Texture 7. Soft meat. More pastrami-ish taste. More pepper taste. Moist. 7.0Taste 7...Texture 7. A little too tender. Tastes a little like pastrami. Has a spicy after taste. 4.79 57.0%
#9 Highway Inn (Wet Style)
6.5Taste 8...Texture 3. Look like steak, different cut of meat. Chewy, fatty, rubbery. If you like fat, you'll like this. Not typical pipi kaula. 2.7Taste 3...Texture 2. Not smoky, not dried. Tastes like London Broil. 3.8Taste 5...Texture 1. I like the flavor, but it is exactly the texture and color of rubbery steak and stuck in my teeth. So for purposes of this contest, gotta give low marks. 4.4Taste 5...Texture 3. Some tough fatty pieces but the flavor is 'ono. Texture not like "traditional" pipi kaula more like steak. Not dried/aged enough. 3.6Taste 3...Texture 5. Almost steak like, not much flavor. 6.0Taste 6...Texture 6. Different meat. Steakish. Blazing steaks. Kinda dry. 6.0Taste 6...Texture 6. Tastes like a slice of steak. 4.71 56.1%
#10 Young's Fish Market
3.7Taste 4...Texture 3. Tough like beef jerky but sweet tasting. 1.6Taste 1...Texture 3. Sweet funny tasting. 2.9Taste 2...Texture 5. First reaction - weird plasticky tasting. Very chewy texture. Like moist beef jerky. Teri-flavor. I didn't like it. 1.3Taste 1...Texture 2. Sweet and little too oily. Stange after taste. 3.0Taste 3...Texture 3. Sweet taste, not enough salt. 5.7Taste 6...Texture 5. Dry, chewy. Slight sweet taste. Still chewing. 6.3Taste 6...Texture 7. There's some sweetness, teriyaki? 3.50 41.7%

Judge's Comments


 

#1 Helena's Hawaiian Food

Judge 1 - Taste 10...Texture 10. Yummy! Really good. Good cut. Tender. Tasty. Again kinda like smoked meat.

Judge 2 - Taste 7...Texture 5. Doesn't taste like what I think of as pipi kaula. More like its own meat recipe, but yummy.

Judge 3 - Taste 9...Texture 9. This is delicious! Not what I thought would be pipi kaula texture, but the flavor is delicious. Good salt-sweet-fat balance.

Judge 4 - Taste 10...Texture 9. Really savory, hint of sweet, good ratio fat/lean. Really 'ono overall. Dried yet juicy. Not too salty.

Judge 5 - Taste 8...Texture 8. Nice taste and flavor.

Judge 6 - Taste 8...Texture 7. Steakish but soft, good taste. Not too salty but good. Soft too. A little burnt but good.

Judge 7 - Taste 8...Texture 8. I think this one's Helena's. Juicy.

#2 Highway Inn (Dry Style)

Judge 1 - Taste 10...Texture 10. Yum! So ono! Good cut, I think. Tender but dried perfect. Almost like smoked meat.

Judge 2 - Taste 1...Texture 2. Hamburger tasting. Greasy.

Judge 3 - Taste 8...Texture 7. Very steak-like. Good salt taste, but it grows in your mouth rather than hitting on the head.

Judge 4 - Taste 5...Texture 3. More like steak, but not as much as "D" texture. Was too tough and fatty piece was chewy couldn't swallow.

Judge 5 - Taste 4...Texture 3. A little chewy, good salt but could use more smokey flavor.

Judge 6 - Taste 7...Texture 6. Dry, chewy, very chewy, steakish again.

Judge 7 - Taste 7...Texture 6. Juicy, tough exterior.


#3 People's Cafe

Judge 1 - Taste 4...Texture 4. The driest and saltiest so far. Need a beer!

Judge 2 - Taste 6...Texture 6. Dry, salty, but not reddish like I would expect.

Judge 3 - Taste 7...Texture 6. Salty! Yummy chewiness, but still too much like steak. Did I say it was salty?

Judge 4 - Taste 3...Texture 2. Very salty. Almost only thing I can taste but has a "liver" flavor aftertaste. Texture is too tough/rough.

Judge 5 - Taste 6...Texture 4. Slightly dryer, good salty smokey flavor.

Judge 6 - Taste 7...Texture 5. Hard meat. Salty. Steakish dry. Different taste.

Judge 7 - Taste 9...Texture 9. Salty, but not too overpowering.


#4 Ono's Hawaiian Food

Judge 1 - Taste 2...Texture 2. Peppery, stringy, chewy. Don't like it.

Judge 2 - Taste 6...Texture 5. Spicy, reddish, dry like I expected.

Judge 3 - Taste 6...Texture 8. Pretty basic tasting. A little spiciness. The flavor is like beef jerky although the texture is approaching pipi kaula-ness.

Judge 4 - Taste 5...Texture 5. Peppery. "Looks" like pipi kaula to me. Nice combo of flavors. Has a beef jerky taste and texture.

Judge 5 - Taste 4...Texture 4. Salty and peppery taste.

Judge 6 - Taste 4...Texture 5. Back to pastrami-ish. Salty. Tough. Too salty.

Judge 7 - Taste 10...Texture 10. Nice, smokey taste. Peppery.


#5 Fort Ruger Market

Judge 1 - Taste 9...Texture 9. Red, the pepperiest and spiciest one of the group. Really tender. Of the "reds" the best one.

Judge 2 - Taste 3...Texture 3. Corned beefy. Soft.

Judge 3 - Taste 7...Texture 6. Kind of like corned beef. A little spicy. A tiny bit fishy for some reason.

Judge 4 - Taste 4...Texture 5. Tastes cured like pastrami or corned beef but very tender. Almost indistinguishable from "A" and "B".

Judge 5 - Taste 2...Texture 3. More like a deli meat taste, salty.

Judge 6 - Taste 6...Texture 7. Pastrami-ish again. Little different taste. Soft.

Judge 7 - Taste 5...Texture 7. Looks tasty. Not as fatty as it looks.


#6 Haili's Hawaiian Food

Judge 1 - Taste 7...Texture 7. More shoyu. Kinda teri sauce tasting. Soft, good.

Judge 2 - Taste 3...Texture 3. Beefy, sweet, fermented tasting.

Judge 3 - Taste 6...Texture 6. More of a chewy, beefy flavor and texture. Not very smoky.

Judge 4 - Taste 7...Texture 5. Peppery, not too salty. More like the pipi kaula I was raised with. Tasty.

Judge 5 - Taste 2...Texture 4. Slightly fishy taste. A little more salty.

Judge 6 - Taste 6...Texture 7. Soft meat. More salty/shoyu?

Judge 7 - Taste 6...Texture 5. On the tough side. Not too much flavor.


#7 Yama's Fish Market

Judge 1 - Taste 5...Texture 7. Red, peppery, almost like pastrami. Soft melts in mouth.

Judge 2 - Taste 3...Texture 2. Rubbery, not much flavor, like deli meat.

Judge 3 - Taste 5...Texture 5. Tender, mild, not a lot of smoke taste. Doesn't seem dried. Pastrami-ish.

Judge 4 - Taste 4...Texture 6. Tender with peppery after taste. On the salty side but that's not a bad thing.

Judge 5 - Taste 3...Texture 5. Soft and chewy. Not too smoky flavor.

Judge 6 - Taste 5...Texture 7. Soft meat. Pastrami-ish. Good texture moist.

Judge 7 - Taste 9...Texture 9. Not too dry. Nice color. Tender.


#8 Redondo's of Hawaii Supermarket Brand (wildcard/control entry)

Judge 1 - Taste 4...Texture 6. Red, generic, bland, boring but soft. My kid likes it though.

Judge 2 - Taste 2...Texture 2. Plain, chemical tasting. Soft.

Judge 3 - Taste 7...Texture 5. Also fairly tender, although less so than "A". Better smoke flavor, but still tastes like pastrami.

Judge 4 - Taste 3...Texture 5. Salty, tastes like "A" and kind of like pastrami. Tender.

Judge 5 - Taste 3...Texture 5. Soft and chewy more like a deli meat.

Judge 6 - Taste 6...Texture 7. Soft meat. More pastrami-ish taste. More pepper taste. Moist.

Judge 7 - Taste 7...Texture 7. A little too tender. Tastes a little like pastrami. Has a spicy after taste.


#9 Highway Inn (Wet Style)

Judge 1 - Taste 8...Texture 3. Look like steak, different cut of meat. Chewy, fatty, rubbery. If you like fat, you'll like this. Not typical pipi kaula.

Judge 2 - Taste 3...Texture 2. Not smoky, not dried. Tastes like London Broil.

Judge 3 - Taste 5...Texture 1. I like the flavor, but it is exactly the texture and color of rubbery steak and stuck in my teeth. So for purposes of this contest, gotta give low marks.

Judge 4 - Taste 5...Texture 3. Some tough fatty pieces but the flavor is 'ono. Texture not like "traditional" pipi kaula more like steak. Not dried/aged enough.

Judge 5 - Taste 3...Texture 5. Almost steak like, not much flavor.

Judge 6 - Taste 6...Texture 6. Different meat. Steakish. Blazing steaks. Kinda dry.

Judge 7 - Taste 6...Texture 6. Tastes like a slice of steak.


#10 Young's Fish Market

Judge 1 - Taste 4...Texture 3. Tough like beef jerky but sweet tasting.

Judge 2 - Taste 1...Texture 3. Sweet funny tasting.

Judge 3 - Taste 2...Texture 5. First reaction - weird plasticky tasting. Very chewy texture. Like moist beef jerky. Teri-flavor. I didn't like it.

Judge 4 - Taste 1...Texture 2. Sweet and little too oily. Stange after taste.

Judge 5 - Taste 3...Texture 3. Sweet taste, not enough salt.

Judge 6 - Taste 6...Texture 5. Dry, chewy. Slight sweet taste. Still chewing.

Judge 7 - Taste 6...Texture 7. There's some sweetness, teriyaki?