Soup Beats Raw Food-Even in Honolulu

Pho Vietnamese Soup Loving Hut HonoluluAs I’ve discovered over this past winter especially–even in Hawaii–soup is not only a great pleasure but an absolute necessity for me. And I’m so grateful whenever I can guide others toward healthier vegan alternatives for their favorite comfort foods, too.

Recently, I received a request from a reader in Honolulu: “My roommate wants to eat healthy tonight,” she said, “and I seem to remember passing a vegan restaurant on Kapiolani. Can you recommend a good place to eat and also what to order?”

Obviously, she was referring to Greens and Vines (909 Kapiolani Blvd.), but with the weather in Honolulu as cold as it was (OK–cold is relative), I didn’t think raw vegan food would exactly win them over to plant-based eating.

Instead, I suggested Loving Hut (1614 S. King St.) for their set menu (choosing 2 or 3 entrees among several). “On a day like today,” I added, “I would definitely try their Pho (Vietnamese soup) or Royal Noodle Soup.”

The following day I received her report:

WOW – What a great recommendation!  We had the Summer Rolls (yummy); Golden Nuggets (breaded soy protein) – interesting flavor but not my favorite; the Fabulous Pho (absolutely terrific — I ate and ate and ate – and still brought a big container of it home); and my roommate had the Guru Curry – which she said she could eat three meals a day for days and still not have enough.

Coming from a non-vegan, this is exciting stuff! You have to hand it to the Loving Hut, one of the first vegan restaurants in Honolulu, and part of largest chain of vegan restaurants in the world. 

After reviewing Oahu’s vegan dining options on several occasions including…

How to Eat Healthy and Save Money in Paradise

Roy’s No Treat for Vegans

Eat Healthy and Save Money on Vacation, and

Plenty of Vegan Aloha on Oahu

…I realized it’s about time I assembled a comprehensive Guide to Vegan Dining in Honolulu. While there may only be 5 vegan restaurants, vegan-friendly options–especially fresh juice bars–are expanding rapidly.  I’ll be introducing some of the vegan-friendliest cafes, too.

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Stay-tuned, and please do let me know about YOUR favorite vegan-friendly restaurants in the comments.

Incidentally, I was so lucky that Hannah Kaminsky, gifted photographer, author of 4 vegan cookbooks,  and blogger captured the image of Loving Hut’s Pho (featured above) while visiting Honolulu earlier this year.  I also got to attend Hannah’s vegan baking demos and sample her  “Frankenstorm Pie” and peanut butter shortbread cookies. Thank you, Hannah!!


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6 thoughts on “Soup Beats Raw Food-Even in Honolulu

  1. Monroe

    Nice information for locals, and it’s so complete. The map and info on each is superb. You make people want to go for the experience. Thank you Vegandietguy!

  2. Sophie

    Hey William, this is a great post! Thank you! I just arrived in Honolulu and you’ve made my life 100 times easier! Love the blog!
    Maloha ha ha so happy now as I’m on my way to a great vegan cafe thanks to you!

  3. Kani

    Awesome post! I’ve just gone vegan so this will really help the transition, telling all my friends about your blog and hoping a few will at least go veggie!
    Definitely will try the soup in Loving Hut Pho Sure! Thanks!

  4. veggie lover

    Hi, I have posted an comment a couple days ago but seeing as not yet been updated, (just in case it’s gone somewhere or deleted) I’m posting a similar comment again.
    I don’t know well about veggie-friendly restaurants in Honolulu, but speaking of Loving Hut, I’ve tried one of their places nearby my town (out of Hawaii). Their noodle was nice as you recommended, though not the pho but rice noodle in mala spicy soup, which was yummy, healthy, plus the spicy stimulates me, made me warm.
    I do agree with that we can be flexible eating raw or cooked to feel better. Cooked ingredients still have nutritions and at least make us warm, though it might contain less nutritions than those of raw.

  5. william Post author

    Thank you for your persistence to leave a comment. For some reason, your previous comment went into the spam folder. I even found other good comments in there:)
    The world would be better off if there were a Loving Hut or another vegan restaurant on every corner. Since soups and stews use the lowest temperature, they retain vegetable juices and more nutrients than high temperatures of baking or frying. Spices are heating and please the senses. You can also warm up raw food whenever your body is cold.
    Thank you again for reading and commenting!

  6. Jay

    Hey, this is awesome! Booked a vacation to Honolulu next month so this will save me a lot of time! Thanks! Jay

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