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Dinner ideas in Hawaii (for cooking in condo) - suggestions?

We're heading to Hawaii and will be staying in a condo with a kitchen. I'm looking for some inspiration for dinner ideas that won't take too long to prepare (I have standing over a hot stove in Hawaii's heat) or require too many ingredients and since I"m not sure what the state of the equipment will be in the condo nothing too complicated.

Previous trips I've done tacos, pasta, stir fry, eggs. Thanks for your ideas :)

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  1. We visited Hawaii a few years ago and loved having a condo and cooking nearly every night. The meals were mostly similar to the ones you already listed - quick and easy pasta, tacos and eggs. In addition, we tried to eat local as much as we could and to visit the market to buy fresh fish and produce. There were a lot of salads and grilled meats which was great. Sandwiches were also great especially if we would be out for much of the day and wanted a quick dinner when we got home. Other ideas which are easy and batch friendly included a seafood boil with steamed seafood, corn, and potatoes. You could also have "make your own" nights like pizza or baked potatoes. I'm quite jealous of your trip.

    You might also email the condo owner to inquire about what kind of equipment is available or get some general idea.

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    1. re: fldhkybnva

      Good idea re asking for info from owner. We've had great and not so.

    2. It's been years but we used to like the Hawaiian-style kalbi ribs at the grocery and grill them. Our condos had grills, does yours?

      BTW, I ALWAYS travel with some kitchen "tools" and spices. Always a chef's knife and microplane grater.

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      1. re: c oliver

        I'd love to be able to take a knife or even a wine opener or scissors along on holidays. But alas, have been traveling with only a carry-on bag for the last 2 years. Ended up purchasing a good knife on a 30 day Australia tour, and left it with a friend.

      2. When we last went (too long ago now!) the roadside produce stands were to die for- tropical fruits with yogurt and toast was always breakfast. There are a lot of asian groceries available, so stir fries, sesame noodles, and local fish with a simple soy marinade is great. We had a bbq so most nights it was an assortment of grilled veggies and fish with leftovers ontop of saladsthe next day for lunch. Salad nicoise is great with the fresh tuna. And you could always try the local favorite spam....!

        1. Which island? If you're on Hawai'i, head for the Hilo farmers' market for fruits and vegetables. The larger grocery stores should have marinated fish and meats: check if your condo has a grill available. We usually pick up rice, onions, ginger, and a few vegetables that can combine well with a variety of things on our first day: we have a little collapsible cooler that we can fill with ice and take with us in case we come across a good fishmonger.

          We bring a selection of our favorite herbs and spices (salt, pepper, crushed red chile, oregano, tarragon), along with sugar and teas in small vials. We've also taken to bringing a supply of ziploc bags: they're small and light, and can be used to carry sandwiches for a picnic, or bring that leftover jam back without getting it all over your luggage.

          Every place I've rented in the state came with a rice cooker - except for the place that had 3 of them!

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          1. re: tardigrade

            I sometimes stay in a condo in Hilo on business trips (it's not nearly as fun as you'd think, though).

            At the store, I'd buy a head of garlic, a chunk of ginger, some fresh lemons or limes, a small piece of butter, a small jar of good olive oil, a one-use pepper grinder, and some fresh herbs. Plus some tin foil for simplifying clean-up, and roasting stuff. That will give you a wide variety of seasonings without spending a ton of money. You could add red wine vinegar if you like salads a lot, or soy sauce if you want to do stir fries.

            Broiled fresh fish with butter and lemon is simple, delicious, and takes very little in the way of supplies. Or make a packet of fish with some mushrooms and green onions and toss that in the oven. Salads are good - either buy a small bottle of dressing, or go with a home-made vinaigrette. Get feta and olives from the deli section and make Greek salad.

            Roasted vegetables, roasted new potatoes done in foil in the oven are easy and again, don't need decent pans and don't require much time.

            Have good bread, good cheese, some salami, olives and deli salads for a simple summery meal. Or a container of poke instead of the salami and cheese.

          2. Baked chicken pieces with teriyaki glaze. Line the pan with foil for easy cleanup.