Rainy Day at Pearlridge Farmers Market

It’s always fun checking out the neighborhood farmers market. Why? Because you never know what you’re going to find! I went to the Pearlridge Farmers Market on a rainy day, but I didn’t let that get in the way of my goal: to support a bunch of local businesses.

Panoramic view of the Pealridge Farmers Market in Pearl City, Hawaii
The Pearlridge Farmers Market is located in the parking lot near the Pearlridge monorail entrance on the Mauka side of the mall.

The farmers market starts early on a Saturday morning. As a night owl, it’s a struggle for me to wake up early especially on a weekend. The first thing I knew I had to do was find some coffee. After doing a quick scope of the vendors, I found Brewed Awakening and ordered their specialty latte: the life-changer. The hot Kona coffee hit the spot especially on a cold morning.

Life-changer latte with almond milk from Pearlridge Farmers Market stall Brewed Awakening
Life-Changer Latte (coconut flavor) with Almond Milk from Brewed Awakening Hawaii

With my coffee in one hand and umbrella in the other, I was finally ready to search for some food. I stopped by a ton of stands with different foods: musubis, pancit, dim sum, and more. The rain kept coming down but I tried my best to get as many things as I could.

With no sign of a clearing, I decided to venture into the mall food court to find a dry spot to eat. It was still a little early, so I had no problem finding a table. Thank goodness because I was so hungry after walking around and looking at food. 

Here’s the final spread:

Pictured from top to bottom, left to right: assorted puto flan, miso salmon bowl, spam and shrimp musubis, vegetable dumplings, shumai and shrimp dumplings, pancit, chicken barbecue stick, lechon and pork guisantes with rice.

First off, the miso salmon bowl from Ma’ona Musubi was a perfectly-sized bowl with a good variety. I liked that there was an egg and that the miso flavor wasn’t too overwhelming. The egg tasted lightly marinated as well.

Second, the shumai from Ocean Dim Sum was flavorful and huge! The photo doesn’t do it justice. I feel like I could have eaten just the shumai and gone home full. 

Third, the puto flan from Bebot’s Filipino Fast Food was the perfect dessert because it wasn’t too heavy or sweet. I was really excited to see it because it’s two of my favorite things put together! Once I bit into it, I was in love. I don’t know why I waited this long to try it.

Lastly, the barbecue stick (also from Bebot’s) was awesome. I loved the sweet and salty flavor and that the pieces were generous. There was a lot of weight to it!

Do you frequent the farmers market? What’s your favorite thing to get?

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