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Pork Hash Selection Rationale

Here are the Pork Hash Passion competitors listed in random order and the reasons we selected them to compete. Good luck in guessing who won.  We'll be posting the results soon.

Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory - Everybody know this place for their manapua, pork hash and other stuffs.  They were named in Honolulu Advertisers Hawaii's Best Restaurants in 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008.  This was a no-brainer to include these guys.

Aiea Manapua and Snacks - Plenty friends and family from the Leeward and Central Districts recommended this place to compete.  On KHNL Cheap Eats 2002, Lyle and Same talked this place up saying they've been in business for 20 years.  From what we hear, this place may be bordering on shrine status, especially for their pork hash. 

7-Eleven Convenience Store - Rumor has it that this pork hash is mass produced by machine from Tokyo Bento...the same guys who make the meat jun bento from Marukai. I tried em before and it's a decent tasting pork hash, but up against the "master hashers" this place should rank near the bottom...if the judges know what they are doing.

Royal Kitchen
- This place is the "Home of the Baked Manapua" but is known for their other treasures as well.  Royal Kitchen is a China Town Shrine among hash worshipers even drawing attention from the likes of the Ono Kine Grindz blogger who made special mention of the Royal Kitchen pork hash saying it was "ono." 

Char Hung Sut - Two popular local food blogs, Ono Kine Grindz and Tasty Island mentioned this place as one of the best for manapua and dim sum.  Honolulu Advertiser named them in their Hawaii's Best Restaurants guide in 2005-2006.

Libby Manapua Shop - Winner of "Best Manapua" in our last WOW Grinds Blind Taste Test and a virtual leviathan in the realm of pork hash. Libby was recommended by almost everyone I talked to.  Tasty Island and Honolulu Metromix both called this place an "institution." It even made the top 100 restaurants in a regional survey by I think I would've got majorly hashed if I never include this place as a competitor.

Island Manapua - Although these guys didn't do so well in the Manapua Madness competition, we thought they might do better with their pork hash.  Honolulu Weekly, in their article "They Once Were Bao", made special mention of Island Manapua as one of the top places for manapua and other dim sum. Honolulu Advertiser also did a special article on this place featuring their manapua and other goodies.