The owners of Star Noodle at the top of Ulu Pono Street in Lahaina initially bought the Starstruck food truck to take their famous food on the road around the island.
But Star Noodle is so popular, the truck got "stuck" outside as a backup for people waiting in line or for those who want to grab a lunch and go. So now, you'll find the shiny, red, state-of-the-art kitchen on wheels from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 4 to 10 p.m. weekends. A picnic table with condiments and an umbrella for shade is set up nearby, for those who want to eat on site.
"For the most part, it was designed to go out into the community, but now it just stays right here," says Kaala Buenconsejo, director of public relations for the restaurant group that also includes Old Lahaina Lu'au, Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop and Aloha Mixed Plate- all in West Maui.
Chef Nacho Perez dishes up quality street fare
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Look for the shiny red truck daily in Lahaina
Photo courtesy Na Hoaloha Ekolu
The menu rotates weekly and is categorized into share boats, noodles, housemade juices and ice cream sandwich of the day.
Share boats may include green papaya and jicama salad with spicy mint-and-basil vinaigrette; tempura shrimp taco with creamy garlic-chipotle slaw and pico de gallo; and Thai spring rolls. Noodles include fried saimin; hot-and-sour soup with chili-lime dashi; and garlic noodles "loaded" with shrimp, chicken or pork and vegetables. Top it off with green-tea ice cream sandwiched in an almond cookie.