One of the best things about going on a Disney Vacation is the food. The food at the Aulani during my recent trip (2022) was superb! I am sharing my must-have food and treats to get while dining at the Aulani.
These Must-Have Eats were from my trip in June 2022.
Dole Whip is one of my favorite frozen treats to eat on a Disney vacation. I prefer the Dole Whip Float but do like a simple Dole Whip. At the Aulani during my stay, options of Dole Whip flavors include pineapple, vanilla, and watermelon(the best flavor ever).
I do have to say the pineapple was the best-tasting pineapple dole whip I had ever tasted. I think it may have to do with being at the source of where pineapples come from.
Dole whip can be found at the Ulu Cafe( classic pineapple and vanilla) and Little ‘Opihi’s ( watermelon and pineapple).
My favorite Dole Whip was the Stich Watermelon Dole Whip Sundae with fresh fruit (watermelon).
Click here to see what other offerings are available at Little ‘Opihi’s.
One of my favorite lunches was the poke bowl from Ule Cafe. I like to think of Poke Bowls as a version of sushi served in a bowl.
The one I had during my stay was the Spicy Tuna: ahi, sriracha aioli, avocado, hied shallots, chili water, and sushi rice.
The only thing with the Poke Bowls at the Ulu Cafe is that they were available from 11:30 pm to 4:30 pm during our visit in 2022.
To see the menu from Ule Cafe, click here.
A Hawaiian staple is musubi- traditional rice formed into a rectangle-shaped topped with fried spam (which can be made with other proteins) wrapped in seaweed.
The Aulani Disneyfifed it by making it Mickey-Shaped. Everything tastes better when Mickey-shaped! It is available at the Ulu Cafe.
Peking Duck Sushi Roll
One of my first meals at the Aulani was the Peking Duck Sushi Roll from The‘Ōlelo Room. It had five-spiced roast duck served with hoisin sauce, spring onions, and sesame seeds. For some crunch/texture, crisp skin shards top the roll.
Overall this sushi roll was delicious and super filling! I feel this is a good option for someone not too keen on eating fish/raw. I love sushi and have no problem eating raw fish, but I wanted something I have never seen before.
The wasabi came on the plate in Mickey-shaped form! Just the little extra pixie dust! Even the chopsticks have a little touch of Disney!
Bang Bang Fries
During our second time at The‘Ōlelo Room (so good had to dine twice!), my family and I ordered the Bang Bang Fries. This appetizer features a bowl of fries topped with a spicy soy aïoli, kabayaki sauce, green onion, and furikake.
This was a big hit with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and myself. The spice level of the aioli was mild. This pleased my family members since they are not big spicy fans.
The fries were perfection. They were not too potatoey nor too thin. They had the right amount of crisp to them. It had the perfect amount of toppings. It was an appetizer, but I could eat this as a meal by itself, like the Ahi Tuna Nachos from Yak and Yeti.
Click here to see the menu for the The‘Ōlelo Room.
Waialua Chocolate Toffee Brownie Crunch
If brownie and lava cake were to have a child, this would be it. It may look small, but a rich-tasting dessert. The dulce de leche ice cream help cut the richness of the chocolate with the toffee crunch twill for some texture. This was a perfectly balanced dessert.
This dessert was available at The‘Ōlelo Room.
Last but not least is the Shave Ice from Pāpālua Shave Ice. A refreshing treat to cool you off from your time in the pool. They are 4 ways/styles that the shave ice can be served.
- ‘ekahi (shave ice with 3 flavors)
- ‘elua (shave ice with 3 flavors and top with sweetened condensed milk).
- ‘ekolā( shave ice with 3 flavors plus 1 scoop of ice cream)
- ‘Ehā (shave ice with 3 flavors plus 1 scoop of ice cream and topped with sweetened condensed milk)
Once you picked your style, you chose your flavors up to 3. There is a variety of flavors to pick from.
I got style number 4 with Mango, Pineapple, and Guava. I love the ice cream with shaved ice and topping of sweet condensed milk. It reminded me of an ice cream sundae with ice. Of course, I had to add the Mickey Ears to make it extra perfect! Mickey Ears do cost an extra $1.
Click here for the menu for Pāpālua Shave Ice.
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