Lately the Hawaii Farmers Market has become abundant in local food vendors. When you approach farmer’s market, what is the first thing you do? Run over to the vegetable and fruit tents with your reusable bag to get a week’s worth of meal prep? Or perhaps stand in a long ass line for 45 minutes to buy that popular meat on a stick?
I love to do all of the above, but I also enjoy exploring . If you think about it, some of the vendors you’ll see in the different farmer’s market locations don’t actually have a brick-and-motor so take advantage of their presence to try something unique and rare.
Surfer’s Wife Kitchen serves a hybrid of falafel and waffle - fawaffle- started up by power couple Maya (36) and Yonatan (38). They met when Yonatan moved to Hawaii and has lived here for 10 years and met Maya who was visiting on holiday. since then their love blossomed and the rest is history. Both of them were raised in Israeli families and grew up with their love of homecooked meals- it’s no wonder they were smitten with one another!
The fawaffle is plant-based dish that is also gluten-free. Maya and Yonatan’s goal with the Surfer’ Wife Kitchen is to promote their culture with a vegan twist. I’ve had a falafel years before in England, but there’s just something about it being pressed in a waffle iron that gives it a better texture. What makes them even more scrumptious are their selection of homemade sauces; beetroot tahini, carrot miso & ginger vinegar, and cilantro wasabi aioli. Everything is made with locally sourced ingredients of vegetables from other farmers markets and spices from India Market.
You can order your fawaffle in 3 different options; traditional with Mediterranean herbs & spices, roasted peppers & chilli, and Indian curry potatoes. If you’re wondering what my favorite is - I love them all so you have order one of each! with rice, by itself, or as a vegan burger. Besides ordering a fawaffle by itself, you can have it served with rice & vegetables or in a vegan burger. If you come to love the fawaffle and want to use it for your meals at work, you can order a bunch to go and pop them in a toaster.
I want to thank Maya and Yonatan for inviting us to their booth at the Kakaako Farmer’s Market, which occurs next to ROSS on Ward Ave every Saturday from 8am-12pm. Check them out on Instagram as @surferswifekitchen to see where else you can find them and other updates!
Mahalo to Landen Tsuda for accompanying me on this food adventure. Check him out at @genki_media for more of his photography work.
With the new year kicking in, let us be mindful of what we put in our stomachs. I need to take better care of myself and will bring healthier options such as fawaffle into my diet.