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Farmers Market Specials -- 2/14 - 17 + New Wave Friday + Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Or if you’re single and proud of it and want to celebrate with pals, then Happy Pal-entine’s Day! We still have some spaces open for Valentine’s dinner at The Pig & the Lady in Chinatown, as well as Pal-entine’s dinner at Piggy Smalls at Ward Village. All of this is going down tonight!

In the meantime, a quick reminder that we will be operating our popular NOODLE BAR STAND at this Friday’s New Wave at Southshore Market at Ward Village. Our featured soup will be MI VIT TIEM, which is a BBQ duck with egg noodle soup that is super savory. It’s a perfect remedy for the weather we are currently experiencing!

As for FARMERS MARKET NEWS, we will be on our regular schedule this week. The Mama Le specials of the week are:

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#MamaNoodle
BUN THANG — a celebration of lunar new year, this special noodle soup consists of poached chicken, egg, daikon, shiitake, ham, rau ran, mint, hot pepper, vermicelli, chicken & pork broth

#MamaRice
THIT KHO — comfort food to da max! Coconut braised Pork Belly and Eggs, pickle mustard cabbage, steamed rice

#MamaBanhMi
SMOKED SAIGON — pork belly, ham, chicken liver pate, fried egg, pickles, roast pork drippings, pho au jus

As always, the full schedule and menu is over at the FARMERS MARKET PAGE. Chu mung nam moi (Happy Lunar New Year)! 

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Farmers Market Specials -- 2/1 - 2/4 + No Blaisdell Farmers Market + Valentines Dinner Reservations & More

Aloha! One quick update on the farmers markets this week — The Blaisdell Farmers Market on Wednesday is canceled, so we won’t be there. However, we will be all set up and ready to serve on Thursday, February 1, in Kailua and Saturday morning, February 3 at KCC! 

The Mama Le specials for this week’s farmers market are the following: 

BUN RIEU —  minced pork, tamarind, crab fat, tofu, banana blossom, mint, tomato broth, vermicelli noodles

BUN XAO SINGAPOREsingapore style stir-fried vermicelli noodles seasoned with curry powder, vegetables, scrambled eggs, chicken & shrimp

BANH MI SAIGONchar siu pork belly, Vietnamese ham, head cheese, chicken liver pate, fried poached egg, served between a flaky puff party with ground pork & pate

As always, you can view the entire schedule and menu over at the Farmers Market page. 

As for the restaurants, we have a few special events that we are taking reservations on. Here they are: 

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February 5: NEW BELGIAN DINNER at Piggy Smalls
Join us at Piggy Smalls for our first collaboration dinner with New Belgium.  $75 (excludes tax and gratuity) for four courses paired with selected New Belgium's beer.  Don't miss out on this, call us at (808) 777-3588 to make your reservation. Click here to see the menu!

 

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February 7: KŌ HANA RUM DINNER at The Pig & The Lady
Join us for a special four course dinner paired with Kō Hana Rum cocktails. To make reservations, call (808) 585-8255. Click here to see the entire menu!

 

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February 13 & 14: 2018 VALENTINES DINNER at The Pig & The Lady
Celebrate with your loved one with us this Valentine's Day. We are offering a special 5 course dinner on both Tuesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 14. To make reservations, call (808) 585-8255. Click here to see the entire menu!

 

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February 14: 2018 “PAL’-ENTINES DINNER at Piggy Smalls
Valentine's is not just about celebrating romance, but spending time with other loved ones and friends! Our special family style coursed dinner is the perfect way to celebrate with your pals! To make reservations, call (808) 777-3588. Click here to see the entire menu!


 

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Farmers Market Specials -- 1/24-27

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Just a quick head’s up to look out for our Valentine’s Day menus for both The Pig & the Lady and Piggy Smalls! The final menus and RSVP for reservations should be up by the end of this week. For Piggy Smalls, we are holding another “PAL-Entine’s Dinner” for all you amazing single people out there to pal up with fellow singles and share dinner family style! Just check back at our official website. 

In the meantime, we will be on our regular farmers market schedule this week.  Here are the Mama Le specials for the week:

BUN CHA CA DA NANG — Da Nang style fried fish cake noodle w/ pork bone broth, tomatoes, chili, fish balls, fresh vegetables

PORCHETTA FRENCH DIP BANH MI — crispy pork belly, house sambal, shoyu pickled cucumbers, smoked onion, hue-style beef broth, topped with pork skin cracklings

CLAYPOT PORK BELLY & SHRIMP RICE BOWL — braised pork belly and shrimp, caramelized and slow cooked in claypot over steamed rice 

As always, our full schedule and menu is over at the Farmers Market page. Have a great week!

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Farmers Market Specials -- 12/20 - 23 + L.F.C. Pre-Orders for Christmas weekend

It’s the week leading up to Christmas and we’re still holding our regular farmers market schedule. The Mama Le specials for the week are:

PHO SOT VANGbeef shank braised in red wine, pickled chili, aromatic spices, fried shallot, green onion & cilantro

BO LUC LAC COM DOcubed ribeye steak, grilled with garlic and mama's specialty marinade, waipoli butter lettuce, red onions in vinaigrette w/ red rice (cooked with tomato paste & butter)

L.F.C. WINGS MEAL — 3 pieces of our famous L.F.C wings + two sides (Japanese potato salad & grilled corn)  / KCC Farmers Market only

These dishes will keep you and your tummy warm for sure! For the full schedule and menu, head over to the Farmers Market page. 

Now, back to Christmas — It’s known that in Japan, KFC chicken is popular during Christmas. Some people say it is because Colonel Sanders has a passing resemblance to Santa Claus or it was an old marketing strategy to align that image with KFC and it just stuck. 

We were inspired by this tradition, and just opened pre-orders of our famous Laotian Fried Chicken aka L.F.C.(pickled chili, fried shallots, roasted peanuts, kaffir lime) for you to enjoy for the holidays. We have all sizes for your needs, a personal meal, bucket size (limited time only), and our catering pans for large parties. Buckets and pans are pre-order only and will end on Friday, 12/22 at 6pm.

The personal meals will only be available at the KCC Farmers Market this Saturday, December 23 from 7:30am-11am. For the L.F.C. bucket, ranging from 12 to 20 pieces, will also be available for pickup on Saturday morning at KCC. 

For catering pans of 20 to 40 pieces, pre-order now and pick up at either location, The Pig and the Lady in Chinatown and Piggy Smalls at Ward. 

Photo by Eat Rice Hawaii. 

Photo by Eat Rice Hawaii. 

For more details and to make your pre-orders now, go to our L.F.C. Holiday Order page. 

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Farmers Market Specials -- 12/6 - 9 + New Wave Friday + Book Your Holiday Party w/ Us

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, doesn’t it? With the holiday parades, the lights up at Honolulu Hale and this windy, cold weather in Hawaii, it’s truly bringing in that holiday spirit! And what is the holidays if not for parties? Well, we’re fully equipped and ready to host or cater any holiday party this month! 

Still need to book your family and company holiday party! We have a number of different options for you ranging from small family gatherings at our Ward location, Piggy Smalls, to a complete restaurant buyout at The Pig & the Lady in Chinatown! Call us at 808-585-8255 or email us now at catering@thepigandthelady.com for more information and we can customize any event to your specs and liking! 

As for other events, we will be back at New Wave Friday at South Shore Market this Friday, December 8! New Wave Friday is a fun family-friendly event featuring activities, shopping exclusives, food, libations, live entertainment and more, located at South Shore Market, right down the street from Piggy Smalls. This “night market” will take place from 5pm-9pm. Swing by!

As for the farmers markets, we are on our regular schedule and have Mama Le specials that are perfect for this chilly weather we are experiencing:

BO KHO — vietnamese style beef brisket stew with carrots, tomatoes, garlic chives, culantro, thai basil, fresh cut noodles

CHA CA LA VONG FRENCH DIP BANH MI — “banh mi” version of the famous hanoi dish — local fish marinated in turmeric & galangal, fried in turmeric oil & scallions and dill, peanut, mint, shiso, lemon balm, cilantro, dill aioli sauce w/ canh chua broth

SAUTÉED MUSHROOM DIP — slow smoked portobello mushrooms, pickled mustard seeds, sriracha & lime onions, super awesome sauce, w/ canh chua broth

GRILLED CHICKEN & RICE — grilled boneless chicken thighs marinated w/ mama le’s secret bomb-ass recipe

BUN THIT NUONG THIT HEO — grilled pork belly marinated in mama le’s secret bomb-ass recipe, fresh vegetables + pickled vegetables, fish sauce, vermicelli noodles

Do these specials not make your mouth water? Come get some at the farmers markets this week! For the full menu and schedule, head over to the Farmers Market Page

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Farmers Market Specials -- 11/29 - 12/2

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Guess who is the big birthday boy this week? It’s Chef Andrew! He’s not particularly big on birthdays, but if you run into him, wish him “Happy Birthday” anyway. Deep down, we know he appreciates the acknowledgement, and our fearless leader sometimes needs to be reminded that it’s okay to celebrate one’s birth! 

Andrew was recently featured in two episodes of the award winning foodie series FAMILY INGREDIENTS. Chef travels back to the motherland with fellow chef and host Ed Kenney, and it looked like a truly amazing experience. Both episodes are available to view online -- Part 1 has Chef Andrew in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). In Part 2, he is joined by Mama Le and family as they travel to Hanoi, the birthplace of Mama. 

In the meantime, back to farmers market business — We are on our regular schedule this week and we have some classic, go-to favorites in the Mama Le Specials for the Week, with one new dish that we haven’t done in a long time. THIT BO XAO KHOAI TAY or Stir-fried beef with potatoes is the ultimate comfort food for us Le kids growing up. Think the Vietnamese version of “Lomo Saltado” and you’ll get the idea. It’s literally “meat and potatoes” but in such a savory, scrumptious way that it needs to be eaten with some piping hot rice. 

Here are the other Mama Le specials for the week:

BUN RIEU — minced pork, tamarind, crab fat, tofu, banana blossom, mint, vermicelli

THIT BO XAO KHOAI TAY — stir-fried beef, potatoes, onions, garlic w/ rice

MIEN CUA — crab meat stir fried with glass noodles

For the entire menu and schedule, head over to the Farmers Market page. 

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Farmers Market Specials -- 11/1 - 4 + Family Ingredients this Wednesday, HFWF Steamy Bowls & Selbach-Oster Dinner

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Part 1 of Chef Andrew’s journey to Vietnam on FAMILY INGREDIENTS airs this Wednesday on PBS Hawai’i at 7:30pm! The episode will focus on Andrew going solo to Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) with Chef Ed Kenney to check out the southern style Pho noodle soup that we are most familiar with in the U.S. Part 2 will air next week at the same time, where Andrew joins Mama Le and family to trek through Hanoi, Mama’s birthplace. 

In addition, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival starts this week and Chef Andrew is part of the 7-Eleven Presents Steamy Bowls this Friday, November 3

Culture and heritage take front stage as seven chefs from diverse backgrounds create dishes that reflect who they are and where they come from. Ramen (Japan / China), rice noodles (Vietnam), and sopa (Mexican) are some of the dishes our chefs will put a spin on. Chung Chow (Noreetuh, NY), Ricardo Zarate (Rosaline, CA), Andrew Le (The Pig & the Lady, HI) are joined by four other star chefs who will share their life experiences and personalities in a bowl. Come looking hot and steamy as you eat, drink and dance the night away with exciting new cocktails shaken and stirred by our mixology masters. Cocktails and beer provided by Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits Hawaii and Anheuser-Busch. 

Finally, we have SELBACH-OSTER WINEMAKER DINNER on November 13 at 6pm! More info on the dinner here: 

Selbach-Oster can trace wine-growing in the family back to the year 1661. They grow Riesling on 50 acres of steep, south facing mountain slopes that face Germany’s Mosel River. The Selbach-Oster estate vineyards are considered some of the best in all of the Mosel wine country. This special dinner will feature Rieslings that range from Dry to Sweet from some of Johannes’ finest single vineyards. He will also be bringing along some very special library selections from his personal cellar. Don’t miss out on this amazing event! 

$100 per person. LIMITED SEATING, RESERVE NOW! CALL US AT (808) 585-8255

For this week’s farmers markets, we are on our regular schedule. Below are the specials of the week:

MI VIT TIEM — marinated duck leg with choi sum, shiitake, bamboo shoots, egg noodles

PORK SPARE RIBS DAIKON RICE — slow cooked, stewed spare ribs with juicy chunks of daikon

As always, the full schedule and menu is over at the Farmers Market page

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Farmers Market Specials -- 10/25 - 28 "It's all about the comfort food!"

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It’s all about comfort food at the farmers markets this week. We are breaking out some of Mama Le’s favorite dishes that she loves to make and many of our diners love to eat, especially with the rainy weather we are currently experiencing. It’s all good, because these dishes are engineered to provide 100% comfort especially with this inclement climate. Also, don’t fret with the rain, because we’ve got you covered with tented tables and seats! Or, grab some takeout and eat in the warm confines of your own home, away from the elements. 

Therefore, here are the Mama Le specials for the week:

BU BO HUE — pork belly, brisket, calamansi, satay, banana blossom, rau ram, and ong choy, vermicelli noodles

BANH MI BO LUC LAC — “shaking beef style” premium rib eye steak, waipioli butter lettuce, onions, tomatoes, mayo, mama le's vinaigrette

THIT KHO — coconut braised Pork Belly and Eggs, pickle mustard cabbage, steamed rice

We will be at our regular farmers market spots this week — Blaisdell today, Kailua on Thursday and KCC on Saturday morning. To check out the full menu and schedule, head over to our Farmers Market page

REMINDER: If you’re into something more upscale tonight, some seats have been released for the sold-put HO LEE GRAIl Chef & Farmer dinner that is happening tonight at The Pig & the Lady. 
 

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The HO LEE GRAIL Chef & Farmer Dinner -- October 25 (Seating still available)

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This is our first chef and farmer collaboration dinner! Chef Keaka Lee, our chef de cuisine at The Pig & the Lady, and Farmer Shin Ho of Ho Farms out in Kahuku, are planning what will definitely be an eclectic and unique 6-course dinner with wine pairings! Check out the menu below:

HO LEE SHIIT-AKE
Shiitake Mushroom Galette, Ho Farms Kale & Baby Carrots

HO LEE MACKEREL
Grilled Hawaiian Mackerel aka Opelu, Ho Farms Cherry Tomatoes & Okra, Yuzu Ponzu

HO LEE MOLEY
Braised Pork Belly, Ho Farms Butternut Squash Mole, Puffed Wheat Berries

HO LEE SMOKES
Farfalle Pasta, Smoked Ho Farms Baby Roma Tomato Alla Vodka, Kauai Shrimp, Parmesan, Lemon Confit

HO LEE COW
Koji Aged Rib Eye Au Poivre, Ho Farms Long Beans & Eggplant, Sichuan Peppercorn

HO LEE BALLS
Malasadas, Ho Farm Kalamungay Sugar & Cucumber Basil Gelato, Candied Cherry Tomato

THE HO LEE GRAIL FARMER & CHEF WINE DINNER AT THE PIG & THE LADY
FARMER SHIN HO & CHEF KEAKA LEE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 AT 6:00PM
$125 (INCLUDES TAX AND TIP)

To make your reservation, please call 808-585-8255. We will be taking your credit card information to secure your seat. 

About Chef Keaka Lee
Chef de Cuisine Keaka Lee became interested in cooking when he was a young boy. His fondest cooking memory was when he would help his grandma gather ingredients from Chinatown and cook gau (Chinese steamed rice pudding) and jook (Chinese rice porridge) for Chinese New Year.

"We would always be racing around before meter would expire," Lee said. "Cooking is an ever changing art that I've grown to love and appreciate. My curiosity is always to learn with endless creativity."

Born and raised in the Waialae-Kahala area, Lee brings a vast amount of culinary experience to The Pig & The Lady. After graduating with a Culinary & Pastry Arts Degree at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani Community College, he gained experience in Hawaii at 3660 on the Rise and Alan Wong's. He then moved to New York City to work at the award-winning Gramercy Tavern and Untitled & Studio Cafe as their sous chefs. Lee’s heart never left Hawaii, which brought him and his wife back.

Lee's style of cuisine revolves around the community. "Cooking with a seasonal menu of elegant dishes with passion and rustic influences that showcase the restaurants relationships with local farmers & purveyors is what I believe in," he said.

Lee also won gold at the American Culinary Federation Nationals competition with Kapiolani Community College Student Team Hawaii in 2009.

About Ho Farms
Ho Farms is truly a family business. It is located in Kahuku, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. With each member of the Ho family intimately involved in all aspects of the business, we strive to bring you not only produce of the highest quality and freshness, but produce we are proud to serve at our table.

Our love of the land and desire to deliver fresh, high quality produce has allowed us to stay in business for the last eighteen years.  In 2007 Ho Farms was recognized as one of Hawaii’s premium products by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and their Hawaii Seal of Quality Program.  And out of concern for the health of you and your family, we are proud to be one of the few Food Safety Certified farms in Hawaii, which encompasses a clean work environment, as well as safe handling and packaging practices.

We sincerely respect Hawaii’s delicate eco-system and are making great strides in minimizing our environmental impact.  The majority of crops people consume today are treated with pesticides in order to generate high yields and control insect infestation. We have invested significantly in technology that enables us to produce the quality we demand without heavy spraying.  Less pesticides means less ground water contamination along with a healthier, more natural, better tasting quality product. 

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Farmers Market Specials -- 10/4 - 7 + The Ho Lee Grail Dinner scheduled Oct 25

Mama Le's BUN THANG, a popular noodle soup usually eaten during Lunar New Year. It's this week's Farmers Market special. 

Mama Le's BUN THANG, a popular noodle soup usually eaten during Lunar New Year. It's this week's Farmers Market special. 

Before we head into farmers market business, I want to highlight an upcoming event that is being spearheaded by our own Chef Keaka Lee and Ho Farms. It’s called
THE HO LEE GRAIL and it’s a collaboration with Keaka and Shin Ho from Ho Farms with a prix fixe dinner on Wednesday, October 25, 6pm at The Pig and the Lady. The menu is still being finalized but it will be a truly fun and eclectic one, sourced with as many produce and ingredients provided by Ho Farms. To read more on the event, and to make reservations, head over to the event's website. 

Now, to the main event this week, the farmers market specials! We are on our regular schedule for this first week of October. Check out the Mama Le specials for the week:

BUN THANG — chicken, egg, daikon, shiitake, ham, rauram mint, hot peppers, vermicelli noodles, in a light pork broth

TOM THIT RIM — caramelized pork belly with shrimp, slow cooked in a clay pot

GRILLED PORK BELLY BANH MI — grilled pork belly marinated with mama le’s special recipe

Finally, next week Monday, October 9, we will be serving food at the ‘Ilima Awards Fundraiser at Diamond Head Theatre. We are also vying for some awards, so hopefully, we will hear of some potentially good news during the awards presentation! If you want to support a good cause and buy a ticket or corporate table, head to the ‘Ilima Awards website

As always, the full menu and schedule is over at the Farmers Market page. 
 

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Farmers Market Specials 9/27 - 30

Mama Le's amazing COM TAM, Vietnam's answer to "plate lunch."

Mama Le's amazing COM TAM, Vietnam's answer to "plate lunch."

Last week, we celebrated Mama Le’s birthday and this week, we have another birthday and this time, it’s the OTHER lady, as in Chef Andrew’s life partner, Teri! She works mostly behind the scenes, and is instrumental in the graphic design and aesthetic of the Pig brand. If you see her around the restaurants (most likely with little Oliver in tow), wish her a happy birthday!

In the meantime, we are on our regular farmers market schedule this week. Therefore, here are the Mama Le specials for the week: 

BUN RIEU — pork belly, tofu, shrimp, crab & pork mix, ships, ong choy, banana blossom, vermicelli noodles, pork tamarind broth

COM TAM — quintessential vietnamese “plate lunch:” grilled pork shoulder, egg loaf, pickled vegetables, fried egg, broken rice, nuoc mam vinaigrette

BANH MI GRILLED PORK BELLY — grilled pork belly in mama le’s special marinade

As always, you can see the full menu and schedule over at the Farmers Market page.  

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Farmers Market Specials -- 9/20 - 23 + We Won at the Hale Aina Awards + Piggy Smalls Weekend Brunch

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This past Sunday night at the Hale Aina Awards, we were humbled to win several awards including Gold for Best Oahu Restaurant for the second year in a row! In addition, our second locations, Piggy Smalls, won Silver for Best New Restaurant. All in all, we won a total of 6 awards. The other awards were: Silver for Best Business Lunch, Silver for Best Cocktail, Gold for Best Vietnamese and Top Write-In for Best Catering! The competition was tough, but it just goes to show the expansion of Hawaii's culinary scene is stronger than ever. The Hale Ainas are a constant reminder for us to always excel in what we do. It's good to keep us on our toes. We want to thank our patrons for voting for us. We do it all for you!

Another quick reminder that we recently started serving Weekend Brunch at Piggy Smalls. Have you seen our various videos promoting this new menu? 

Spearheaded by our very own founder Chef Andrew, the brunch, which is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am - 3pm every weekend, has been a big hit! Knowing Chef, the menu will be malleable and refreshed quite often so come by to check out the new dishes he will be serving for brunch!

As for FARMERS MARKETS, we are on our regular schedule this week. Here are the Mama Le specials: 

MI QUANG —  pork belly, chicken, shrimp, quail egg, lobster balls, aromatic herbs, turmeric noodles

GRILLED PORK BELLY BANH MI — grilled pork belly marinated with mama le’s special recipe

XOI GA — savory sticky rice cooked in chicken broth, topped with poached chicken, ginger scallion sauce, shallots

PORK JOWL WATERMELON SALAD BUN BOWL W/ JAEW — grilled pork jowl marinated in palm sugar & spices, thai jaew sauce

As always, you can view the schedule and the full menu over at the Farmers Market page. 

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Farmers Market Specials -- 9/13 - 16 + Hale Aina Awards + Happy Birthday, Mama Le!

Mama Le celebrates her birthday at Blasidell Farmers Market this week. Fried fish made by Chef Keaka for this occasion. Photo by @naikanda 

Mama Le celebrates her birthday at Blasidell Farmers Market this week. Fried fish made by Chef Keaka for this occasion. Photo by @naikanda 

It is two special occasions for us this week. First off, the 2018 Hale Aina Awards presented by Honolulu Magazine is happening this Sunday at the Royal Hawaiian! We were fortunate and honored to win several awards last year, including Restauranteur of the Year that was shared between Chef Andrew and Mama Le. It was a total surprise and truly an eventful evening that we will never forget. 

This year, we are back and also nominated for the same categories, essentially, including Best New Restaurant for PIGGY SMALLS. We have to admit that the competition is extra tough this year and whoever wins, will totally deserve it, because 2017 has been a stellar year for the restart scene in Hawaii with several high level openings in the past few months. But, whatever the outcome, we are truly humbled to be a part of this community.  

Tickets are still on sale for this year's Hale Aina Awards. Come join the fun and see us there! 

Secondly, and more importantly, it is Mama Le’s birthday this Friday! The true boss of this whole operation, Mama Le celebrated a fun dinner at the Blaisdell Farmers Market today with some close friends. She also had sake and beer! Although she is small, she can hold her liquor, which was pretty impressive, especially since she went shopping post-dinner! 

Anyway, if you see our matriarch this week, wish her a happy birthday! We are trying to organize a Vegas trip for her, since she loves to hit the blackjack tables. If anyone has gambled with Mama, she’s got a great strategy, feigning ignorance and asking “beginner” questions with the dealers and players on the table, but she definitely knows what she is doing, and many times, laughing all the way to the bank. Wish her luck because she will definitely bring her frog pin!

Meanwhile, here is the farmers market menu for the week:

BUDDHA BOWL — stewed carrots, shiitake mushrooms, cauliflower, bitter melon, bell peppers, tofu, bean curd, korean multi-grain purple rice

BUN CHA HANOI — grilled pork patties, grilled pork in savory room temperature broth, fresh vegetables, pickled vegetables aka do chua, vermicelli noodles

GRILLED LA LOT BANH MI — grilled and savory pork sausage wrapped in betel nut leaves, pickled vegetables, toasted banh mi

BUN MANG VIT — smoked duck, bamboo, shiitake, fresh herbs, shiso, fresh cut noodles

To check our the rest of the menu and schedule, head over to the Farmers Market Page

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Farmers Market Specials -- 8/23 - 26

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We have wonderful loyal customers who have been with us since the very beginning. They are definitely ohana. Many of these fine folks in the photo above attended our very first pop-up dinner in Kakaako several years ago. They've been our supporters, our champions, volunteers, friends, and ohana in this crazy journey. To us they are considered #PigRoyalty It is always great to re-convene, break bread, and enjoy everyone's wonderful company. Mahalo!

Now back to regular business — We are on our regular farmers market schedule this week. Below are Mama Le specials for the week: 

#MamaNoodle
PHO SOT VANG w/ PRIME RIB — mama le’s famous pho, cooked with red wine and succulent pieces of prime rib

#MamaBanhMi
SPICY CHICKEN MEATBALL — chicken meatballs simmered in mildly spicy tomato sauce, fried onions

#MamaRice
PORK CHOP EXPRESS — mama le’s “com tam” grilled pork chop, egg, pickled vegetables, rice

For the full menu and schedule, head over to the farmers market page

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Farmers Market Specials -- 8/16 - 19

We’ve got a great farmers menu for you this week with some classic, Mama Le favorites that have not been featured for quite some time. First off, we are on our regular farmers market schedule, which you can see here

Secondly, here are the Mama Le specials for the week:

#MamaNoodle
HU TIEU MY THO — roasted pork loin, Shrimp, quail egg, ground pork rice noodles, topped with chrysanthemum, garlic chives and a tomato crab sauce, pork & seafood broth

#MamaBanhMi
LEMON GRASS CHICKEN — grilled chicken marinated w/ kaffir line, pandan leaves, lemongrass, coconut juice

#MamaRice
COQ AU VIN — vietnamese-french braised chicken slow cooked in wine, potatoes, mushrooms, celery, carrots

Finally, the photo above is of Mama Le teaching Chef de Cuisine Keaka and his subordinate Kristine how to make her BO KHO (Vietnamese braised beef stew), which will be part of the lunch menu over at THE PIG & THE LADY for a limited time! 

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Farmers Market Specials -- 8/9 - 12 + Bishop Museum Pauahi Dinner

Hey, farmers market fans! Our head of ops for farmers market, Alex, is on a 48-hour binge in Vegas, celebrating with Chef Brandon, who unfortunately left his post at Piggy Smalls to venture onto his next adventure. I’m sure those guys are having a grand ol’ time, but Alex will be back for farmers markets starting this Wednesday, as we truck along on another regular schedule this week. 

Below are the Mama Le specials exclusively at the farmers markets: 

#MAMANOODLE SPECIAL
PORCHETTA BUN BO HUE

#MAMARICE
GRILLED PORK BELY BUN CHA 

#MAMARICE
MANGO CURRY VEGETARIAN STEW

We will also be participating in the  19th Annual Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum Dinner this Saturday, August 12

Savor the enjoyment of Honolulu’s top kitchens, signature cocktails, and Hawaiian entertainment. Gaze upon hundreds of artfully displayed cultural objects and specimens in our newest exhibition, Hulia ‘Ano: Inspired Patterns, in the J. M. Long Gallery. Shop our signature Silent Auction Pacifica for art, apparel, dining, travel, and other treasures.

Experience this extraordinary dinner event under the stars. Proceeds will benefit Bishop Museum’s Hawaiian and Pacific collections, the world’s foremost resource for understanding, celebrating, and perpetuating Hawai‘i’s culture and environment for generations to come.

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Farmers Market Specials -- 7/5 - 9 + Supporting Our Troops with a Free Lunch

Going to keep this blog entry short, so we are just going to cut to the chase — We will be on our regular farmers market schedule this week, including another appearance at the Ala Moana Farmers Market this Sunday. Here’s the schedule below:

Wednesday, July 5
Blaisdell — 4pm - 7pm

Thursday, July 6
Kailua — 5pm - 7:30pm

Saturday, July 8
KCC — 7:30am - 11am

Sunday, July 9
Ala Moana Center (in front of Genki Sushi) — 9am - Noon 

For the full menu, including Mama Le specials, and schedule, head over to the Farmers Market page

Finally, our July 4th festivities aren't over as we celebrate and honor the brave men and women who protect our freedom everyday with our 2nd year serving a free lunch at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corp Base. The farmers market crew will be serving a meal of Laotian Fried Chicken, Pho French Dip Banh Mi, and a very special ice cream sandwich to the first 350 marines and sailors who will get lunch on us! It’s just a small token of our appreciation for these young service men and women.

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Hale Aina Awards Voting Deadline is June 30 + Moi'ili'ili Summer Fest + Ala Moana Farmers Market

Hey fellow true believers (as Stan Lee would say), we are in the summer season and that means more outdoor fests! But first -- We are vying for several awards in the 2018 Hale 'Aina Awards presented by Honolulu Magazine! We won several awards last year including Best Oahu Restaurant, Best Business Lunch, Best Vietnamese, Best Cocktail and also Restauranteur of the Year! We hope to repeat, as we are in the same categories. In addition, Piggy Smalls is up for Best New Restaurant! It's a competitive field this year and we encourage you to vote for us (if you love us, of course). 

To vote, head over to the Hale 'Aina Awards voting site! Remember, voting ends June 30! 

In the meantime, we have two events that are special this week. First up, we are going to be at the Moi'ili'ili Summer Fest aka Bon Dance this Saturday, July 1! The event takes place from 5pm - 10pm. For more info, head over to the fest's website

Secondly, we are going to be at the Ala Moana Farmers Market this Sunday, July 2 in the parking lot in front of Genki Sushi, from 9am - noon. 

Ala Moana will be part of our regular farmers market schedule for at least a month. Here is the schedule for the week: 

Wednesday, June 28 -- Blaisdell (4pm - 7pm)

Thursday, June 29 -- Kailua (5pm - 7:30pm)

Saturday, July 1 -- KCC (7:30am - 11am)

Sunday, July 2 -- Ala Moana (9am - Noon)

And here are the Mama Le specials for the week: 

#MamaNoodle
HU TIEU SAIGON — char siu, pieces of shrimp, quail egg, garlic chives, fresh herbs and pork cracklings with freshly made, hand cut noodles

#MamaRice
CLAY POT PORK & SHRIMP — caramelized pork belly & shrimp slow cooked in clay pot, served over rice

#MamaBanhMi
SPICY CHICKEN MEATBALL — pork and jicama, thai basil tomato sauce, fried garlic

As always, you can check out the full schedule and menu over at the Farmers Market page
 

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Farmers Market Specials -- 6/21 - 24 + Vote for us at Hale Aina Awards

Honolulu Magazine’s Hale Aina Awards ballot is now online and The Pig & the Lady is up for 5 awards -- Best Oahu Restaurant, Best Cocktail, Best Vietnamese, Best Business Lunch, and Best Dessert -- Plus, Piggy Smalls is up for 1 award for Best New Restaurant! We were ecstatic and humbled by the wins we won last year and it just represented a manifestation of accolades that our dedicated and hardworking team could be very proud of. If you are a fan of ours and believe in what we are doing, please consider voting for us again this year.

Meanwhile here is our farmers market specials for the week: 

#MamaNoodle
BUN THANG — vermicelli noodle soup w/ pork, chicken and egg

#MamaBanhMi
NEM NUONG - vietnamese grilled pork sausages & meatballs

#MamaRice
PORK & SHRIMP — caramelized pork belly and shrimp slow cooked in claypot

PORK JOWL WATERMELON SALAD BUN BOWL W/ JAEW — grilled pork jowl marinated in palm sugar & spices, thai jaew sauce

We are also on our regular schedule as well. To see the schedule and full menu, head over to the Farmers Market page. 

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Farmers Market Specials -- 6/14 - 17

Pork Jowl Pho is one of our specials this week at The Pig & the Lady Farmers Market. 

Pork Jowl Pho is one of our specials this week at The Pig & the Lady Farmers Market. 

It’s a pork fest at the farmers markets this week! We have more than usual amount of Mama Le specials and they’re all going to be quite mouth watering, especially if you like grilled pork! 

We are using a particular part of the pig and many people don’t usually eat, the pork jowl. We are in love with this type of meat, because it is so damn ddlicious. A staple of soul food, pork jowl or cheeks are usually prepared for cured meats or sausages, but we’re grilling it with Mama Le’s famous marinade. 

Here’s the schedule for the week: 

Wednesday, June 14
Blaisdell - 4pm - 7pm

Thursday, June 15
Kailua - 5pm - 7:30pm

Saturday, June 17
KCC - 7:30am - 11am

Below are Mama Le’s specials for the week: 

#Mamanoodle
PHO GA TRON — “dry pho” — poached chicken, fresh noodles, herbs, veggies, mixed with mama le’s special dark sauce

PORK JOWL PHO — grilled pork jowl marinated in palm sugar & spices is the main protein served in our famous pho

#MamaRice
GRILLED LAMB CHOPS — marinated with Mama Le’s spices

PORK JOWL WATERMELON SALAD BUN BOWL W/ JAEW — grilled pork jowl marinated in palm sugar & spices, thai jaew sauce

#MamaBanhMi
SARDINES — mackerel sautéed with a tomato sauce, grilled onions

It’s a jam packed menu this week! To check out the full schedule and menu, head over to the Farmers Market page
 

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