Fooki (Pearl Kai)

Map of Taiwan.

This is Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.


Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, is an island 100 miles off the southeastern coast of China. It is mainly populated by the Han Chinese, and the official language is Mandarin. Though it is a prosperous capitalist democracy, Taiwan is not recognized by many nations. The reason is that China has threatened to cut off ties to any nation that recognizes Taiwan. China considers Taiwan theirs and wants to incorporate it as part of China. The USA does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but we have vowed to defend it militarily against China.

As of 2011, Taiwan has a population of 23 million.

About 1 million Taiwanese live in the USA. I don’t know how many of them live in Hawaii.


My friend, Karen, recommended a restaurant close to our home. It’s called Fooki, located in the Pearl Kai Shopping Center on Kamehameha Highway in Aiea. There is ample free parking.

It specializes in Taiwanese Fusion Cuisine.

“Foo” is a Chinese word for “Blessing,” and “Ki” means “Double Happiness.” What a beautiful name for a Taiwanese restaurant!

Fooki was established here in 2020. It has a funky, industrial type of vibe and decor.

This is Fooki:

Here we are:


We shared the appetizer: Holy Pork Nachos (Pork stir fried with basil, tomato, and cheddar cheese) served with Scallion Pancake. The pork was very spicy, 8 on a scale of 1-10. The pancake was crisp but delicate, so delicate that it could barely hold the weight of the pork. We ended up eating the pork and pancake separately. Delicious! I must say this dish was quite unusual in terms of taste and appearance:


I ordered Wonton Noodle Soup, which consisted of noodles and dumplings filled with shrimp, pork, and water chestnuts. The beef broth had been simmered with veggies and 20 spices for 12 hours and was, therefore, very spicy, about 8 on a scale of 1-10. Excellent! I loved the tender shrimp inside the wontons and the cilantro, green onions, and bak choy in the soup. The noodles were filling and rounded out this dish:


David ordered Boom Boom Fried Chicken Plate, which came with rice and bak choy. It was seasoned fried chicken, very crispy and made a flaky mess on David’s shirt. Crumbs everywhere! But, he enjoyed this dish:


Dessert was Boba Vanilla Fudge: We shared this dessert, as it was too much for one person. The boba consisted of tiny black tapioca pearls, adding another dimension to an otherwise typical hot fudge sundae. Boba is a Taiwanese invention, originating in Taiwan and spreading to the USA with the diaspora:


This Taiwanese Fusion Cuisine reminded me of Sichuan cuisine because of the spiciness of the food. The spiciness was totally unexpected, but so addictive. It was incredible!

13 Responses to “Fooki (Pearl Kai)”

  1. DavidH Says:

    Great dining experience! Once again you have picked an unusual and worthwhile restaurant. Congratulations!

  2. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Your food looks sooooooooooo good, yummy, noiw I am hungry! Glad you enjoyed it! Valerie

  3. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …you sure have travelled wider than I have.

  4. marmeladegypsy Says:

    That looks delicious. And I love the name of the restaurant and what it means.

  5. Doug M Says:

    That dessert looked incredible! Love the modern restaurant, the name and the idea of Taiwan fusion. Pretty cool, Gigi! 🙂👍

  6. Elephant's Child Says:

    That sounds excellent. I don’t think we have any Tawainese restaurants in my city.

  7. Christine Says:

    Interesting that Taiwanese food is spicy.

  8. Arkansas Patti Says:

    Love the name of the restaurant. As usual I am attracted to David’s meal. That chicken looked great.

  9. Nancy Chan Says:

    The food looks delicious. I have not really tasted the authentic Taiwanese food before.

  10. Tom from Sightings Says:

    The food looks scrumptious. But I’m even more impressed that David can go out in shorts and a tee shirt … in December! You have a great climate.

  11. DeniseinVA Says:

    These dishes look amazing and thank you for the very interesting history on Taiwan. I learned a lot.

  12. Iris Flavia Says:

    Sounds a bit like Russian wanting Ukraine. Why, oh why can´t we all live in freedom and peace side by side.
    Like.. well, FOOKI! Such a nice name!
    If I even talk Ingo into having a cat… I will borrow this name!
    Also a happy pic of you two that made me smile!
    Oh, I wish Ingo could visit restaurants (he has health issues and it´s complicated). Always a joy to see you two!
    Hmm, and the food looks so yummy! To jou, yum and happiness!

  13. Lois Evensen Says:

    What wonderful looking food! You and David look great! We get out to eat once in awhile, but are being quite careful since the flu as well as Covid are showing their ugly heads here again. We’ve managed to live this long and don’t want to disappear during flu season….

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