Warning: This post contains mention of and pictures of peanuts. If you have a peanut allergy, please take precautions when reading this post. The author will not be responsible for any allergic reactions.
Remember going to the old Honolulu Stadium in Moi’ili’ili and buying roasted or boiled peanuts? I hardly do but I’ve read quite a number of times about the lady that used to stand outside of the stadium and sell her boiled peanuts. Something about the ashes from her cigarette was what made her boiled peanuts taste so good.
When I was in college, I got hooked on boiled peanuts from Ruger Market. That and and Icee to wash it all down. Then after not eating it for a decade or two, I decided to try them again. But now, the Ruger Market boiled peanuts were too salty for me. After the bag was gone, my lips were chapped from all the salt.
I tried the boiled peanuts from the Chinese guy who used to have a stall at the old Ala Moana Farmers Market. He had the long white beard and looked like a Kung-fu master. But his one had too much of the Anise taste for me. And I think his was dry-boiled.
So my hunt for boiled peanuts continued. Paula likes dry boiled peanuts but not me. I like them juicy so you have to suck in when you bite into them otherwise there’s a chance that the delicious juice is going to squirt out. Bite um, suck um, then bite um some more to get to the peanuts.
So about a year ago, I stumbled upon some boiled peanuts from Alicia’s Market.
I grabbed the bag of peanuts that was closest to me and was in small-kine shock when it rang up around $10. But whatever, I go try.
Ho, you know what? The buggah is ono! Nice and juicy, not too salty, little bit still crunchy. I whacked half the bag in one sitting. I don’t know what their secret is but I cannot go into that store without grabbing a bag of peanuts. Maybe this weekend I’ll need to make a stop there.
At craft fairs, I see different flavors of boiled peanuts like this:
I think I could come up with some flavors too. How about Kim-Chee flavored boiled peanuts? Or pho flavored. Not so sure that pizza flavored boiled peanuts would catch on. Nacho cheese? Ewww!
Here’s a peanut memory: remember walking under the bleachers at the old Honolulu Stadium? And all the peanut shells would be falling from the bleachers above your head? And every so often, a spilled beer would come pouring down from up above. And at the Hawaii Islanders Fan Club shack with the totan roof, you could hear the empty peanut shells falling on the tin roof.
Where do you go for your boiled peanuts? Was there a place from small-kid-time that had broke-da-mout boilded peanuts but isn’t around anymore? How about flavored boiled peanuts – what flavor would you try making? I think Kim-Chee boiled peanuts would work! Have any peanut memories to share?