Looking for something deliciously unique to take the edge off your hunger on your way west? Then before you get out too far, stop at the recently opened 808 Toast food truck located at Waikele Premium Outlets.
Now, before you start thinking, “Toast?” Keep reading. We’re talking savory, flavor-satisfying Korean-style street sandwiches—no bread and butter for you!
“Originally, we had traveled to South Korea and tried their amazing street food sandwiches there,” says Philippe Roque, 808 Toast managing director. “The stalls lining the streets were filled with delicious sandwiches that we really loved. When we came back to Hawaiʻi, there was no food similar to it here, so we wanted to try and bring what we had in South Korea to the streets of O‘ahu. Our first sandwich, the ‘808 Special,’ was directly inspired by some of the food we had during our travels.” It also happens to be Roque’s top pick.
“My personal favorite is our Number One 808 Special,” he says. “That sandwich holds a special place in my heart because it was the first sandwich we developed when we started out. We spent maybe about two to four months selling only that sandwich. For me, I think it’s a great blend of salty and sweet that is just great for my palate, and hopefully for others as well.”
Yelp reviewers also vouch for the sandwich that started it all. Eggs with corn and cheese folded into ham, pickles, cabbage and kiwi sauce laid out between toasted Japanese white bread. That homemade sweet and savory kiwi sauce is killer! (editor’s note: there is nothing like authentic Japanese white bread).
The Loco Moco Toast and Bulgogi Toast are two other top recommendations, and all are available at competitive prices.
According to Roque, it was a long and difficult path to bring 808 Toast to life, but so well worth the effort. He says, “Seeing the enjoyment on the face of our customers is what makes it so rewarding.”
- Address: 94-790 Lumiaina St, Waipahu, HI, 96797
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