Dine at Pig & The Lady
The only restaurant King was really looking forward to eating at on her trip? The Pig & The Lady in Honolulu. “Chef Andrew Le is well-known on the island for reviving Asian cuisine and making it more modern,” she says. “He takes the home-style Vietnamese dishes that he grew up on, like chicken fat rice and Vietnamese pho, and adds his own twist to it.”
Le, who was born in Honolulu to Vietnamese parents, opened The Pig & The Lady (“Lady” refers to his mother, who is also involved in the business) as a pop-up in 2011. The restaurant now has permanent digs in Chinatown and a presence at several area farmers markets, where it serves dishes such as spring rolls, vegetarian stews, and French-inspired soups.
What made the meal particularly memorable for King was noticing fellow diners appreciate Asian food in a new, elevated light. “I came back to the mainland thinking, ‘I am Chinese and I need to do more with my style of cuisine and really be proud of the food I grew up with and share that through my dishes,’” she says.