Mmmm… Boiled Peanuts

Apr 3, 2014

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.

 

Alicias Peanuts 1

 

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.

 

Alicias Peanuts 2

 

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:

Boiled Peanuts Variety

 

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?

 

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67 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 4G
    April 3rd, 2014 at 4:43 am #

    That picture of “craft fair” boiled peanuts looks like Pat’s Peanuts. Some ono! I recommend their Spicy Garlic Peanuts!

  2. 4G
    April 3rd, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    BTW – Pat’s shows up at the Fort Street “open market” on Fridays (but not on Tuesdays) …

  3. sally
    April 3rd, 2014 at 5:11 am #

    Peanut Shop (?) on Beretania St and Ruger Market were my Go-To peanut places.

  4. sally
    April 3rd, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    I have not bought from anywhere since I started making my own back in the 80′s. If you can boil watah, you can boil peanuts.
    Like fried rice, there is no recipe …lol… about ‘this much’ Hawaiian Salt and ‘this much’ star anise.

    yummmm!!!

  5. 4G
    April 3rd, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    IIRC, The Peanut Shop last had a shop on Liliha Street, about a block up from School Street. That shop has since closed. I dunno if they opened another location.

    The Stadium Peanut Lady also had a booth (okay, more like a table with a modesty “panel”) outside of the old Ala Moana Sears on the mall level, facing Ewa. I can still picture the greenish, striped modesty panel that was made of fabric. LOL.

  6. 4G
    April 3rd, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    Dry-boiled peanuts are less messy to eat, but not nearly as ono . . . . LOL. Of course, it helps if you like salty stuff . . . .

    And, boiled peanuts need to have that bit of “crunch” that Rod mentioned. Otherwise, not so good . . . .

    Kim Chee flavored boiled peanuts sounds kind of interesting. I wonder how a “pepper beef jerky” flavor would be? LOL.

  7. KAN
    April 3rd, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    I’m with Sally – I make my own. My mom’s secret is letting the peanuts soak in the brine after they’ve been boiled. Ho, my mouth is watering right now just thinking about it!

  8. KAN
    April 3rd, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    My suggestion for a new flavor: bacon.

  9. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    Me? I wouldn’t mind a little ‘spicy hot’ and salty-flavored boiled peanut. Wonder if Alice could loan us her spices? That’s it, that’s it… Chicken Alice boiled peanuts. :lol:

  10. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    To balance the star anise flavor, add a slice of dried citrus peel. The yin and yang of Chinese cooking. Saw my granny do it.

  11. M
    April 3rd, 2014 at 6:42 am #

    Guud morning MLCers!
    I eat peanuts but not a fan of boiled peanuts.

  12. Lowtone123
    April 3rd, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    I like juicy too. When you opening them the juice runs down your arms and all over the table. Oishii!

  13. Gareth
    April 3rd, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I liked both the boiled and the roasted peanuts; would buy either one at Hawaii Islander games and football games at the old Honolulu Stadium, depending on what we were craving that day.

    The downstairs walking area ran under the bleachers, which had large openings between long strips of wood. If you walked under the bleachers at the wrong time, when someone was kicking their foot, your head would get showered with a cascade of falling peanut shells…

  14. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    A bag of Hoody’s is what we used to take to the Rainbow baseball games. Was cheap, like a couple of bucks for a bag. I also like sunflower seeds. Those make your lips all cho-cho from the salt.

  15. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    I like boiled peanuts that come in a miniature paper bag instead of a plastic bag. Half-way through, the bag gets all beat-up. But that’s the beauty of eating boiled peanuts, you never know what to expect. The thing with soggy peanuts from over-boiling it is the extra flavors that gets attached on to the peanuts. Yummy! Raw peanuts is the worst. Ever had uncooked peanuts in your ox-tail soup? Not good.

  16. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    You probably can tell which MLCers ate boiled peanuts. Nope, not from the smell coming from their mouths. They are the ones with the good memories just like elephants. Bwwwhahahaha!!!

  17. 4G
    April 3rd, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    @Seawalker – “Dried citrus peel”. As in lemon peel?

  18. 4G
    April 3rd, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    Ever since chancing by Pat’s Peanuts a little over four-years ago, I’ve been trying to “deconstruct” the recipe. Obviously, it contains garlic and red chili flakes. It also has a bit of a teriyaki flavor. I’ve stumbled upon a pretty weak teriyaki sauce that comes pretty close. I’ve also been meaning to also try adding some dashi mix like Hon-Dashi or an instant saimin dashi packet . . . .

  19. 4G
    April 3rd, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    @Seawalker – ” . . . the ones with good memories . . . ”

    So none of us then? ;)

  20. Mark Shelby
    April 3rd, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    I remember they used to sell boiled peanuts at the high school football games at the Termite Palace Stadium! Everyone loved them! It was like a ritual! You were not Kewl unless you were eating boiled peanuts in the stands! There were peanut shells everywhere!

  21. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    @4G – The pakes call it ‘gwo pi’. If you go to Chinatown, they sell it by the pack. Shouldn’t cost you more than a $2. BTW, don’t ask for Sum Dum Chet… with a name like that, he wouldn’t know. :lol:

  22. Masako
    April 3rd, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Good morning! I really like boiled peanuts. I used to like the one that Rod talked about at the old Ward farmers market. I should try the Ruger and Alicia’s market ones. The one at Marukai is pretty good. My Mother in Law makes good boiled peanuts and I tried a few times. The best ones i’ve tasted was homemade kind brought to pot lucks.

  23. DancingBear
    April 3rd, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    Hey Erebody,
    Is Ruger Market’s boil peanuts still good?
    Haven’t eaten them in awhile since I don’t pick up my maui onion poke there no more. I like Yama’s but it is the small kine’ peanut,
    not da’ beeg one like Rugers. As I get older, I like dry boil more an’ more. Cannot find though.

  24. HbH
    April 3rd, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    @4G

    I vaguely remember da Stadium Peanut Lady outside of the old Ala Moana Sears on the mall level, facing Ewa.

    I don’t recall eating alot of boiled peanuts, i do remember the cashews and stuff in Sears. But most likely i loved them, haven’t found a Hawai’i food i didn’t like.

    Good to see you kan & sally, howzit? Were you been?

  25. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Ft. Ruger Market is where I used to buy my drink after the Diamond Head and Kapiolani Park run. Always scouted out the snacks and things there. Snacks were a little pricy, but the cheap sodas made up for it. Love those mom and pop stores.

  26. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Like your disclaimer on the peanuts, @Rod. My fingers are swollen just typing about peanuts. LOL

  27. 4G
    April 3rd, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Eh, @Seawalker – I asked for Sum Dum Chet. I was told he had “gon pi”.

    :lol:

  28. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    @4G – LMAO. That’s what happens when ‘futting’ around all day. Sum Dum Chet who when gon pi and futting around all day, went ‘yum cha’ (drink tea) too much after having ‘dim sum’. :lol:

  29. PA
    April 3rd, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    last time i had boiled peanuts civic auditorum 50th state wrestling me and my dad watching gorilla monsoon going over the top ropewith ed francis on his back applying a sleeper hold they fell 10 or 15 feet onto the hard concrete 5 feet away from us
    i think i’ll go make some boiled peanuts

  30. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    The poke at Alicia’s is pretty good. But again, somewhat pricey. You get what you pay for–so if it’s quality you want–expect to pay for it. $10 bucks for boiled peanuts? Wow, that’s 2 drinks at at the nightclubs. Still, next time I’m in Kaliheeeee, I go try too.

  31. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Other than granny making the boiled peanuts, jung, jai, and sweet mochi soup for us at Chinese New Year’s time, can’t remember having those flashbacks like at the Old Stadium or the Civic. But do recall eating peanuts and popcorn at the HIC when the circus came to town. It was the roasted peanuts kind. You just dump the shells right on the floor in front of your seat after cracking them and eating the treat. For me, the skin of the peanut no really bother me. So I just ate ‘em too.

  32. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    I remember that commercial, “you got your peanut butter in my chocolate” and “you got your chocolate in my peanut butter”. Well, did that once with my sibling. Think I had the peanut butter. So we bumped into each other ‘pretending’. So his chocolate when broke and dipped into my bottle of Skippy’s. Thing is that there was no peanut butter on his chocolate. I start to run away, not giving him any peanut butter. Next, thing I know the bottle of peanut butter slips out of my hand and dropping to the ground. The bottle of peanut butter shatters. Then, we start beefing with each other. Pops saw what happened. We both got good lickins’ for that. Man, where do these memories come back from? :lol:

  33. 4G
    April 3rd, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    LOL! Must be from eating all those boiled peanuts . . . .

    ;)

  34. Kage
    April 3rd, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    I love boiled peanuts. I make my own. I add Hawaiian Salt, Star Anise and cloves of garlic to my pot.

    I usually do it over night. Boil and when it is almost done, I turn it off and leave it soaking overnight.

    Once a friend of mine gave me a homemade salt mix. It had ginger, garlic, onion, etc mixed in. I used that instead of plain Hawaiian Salt….. was ono. Too bad I ran out of the mix.

  35. Kage
    April 3rd, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    I am with KAN – BACON flavor boiled peanuts would be awesome.

  36. Kage
    April 3rd, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Once I went to a tailgate at Aloha Stadium. I made a large bag of peanuts. I had to walk through the other tailgaters to find my group. I ran into someone I never see in one long time and we talked a bit. He was a loud guy and jokingly asked if I was selling the peanuts. After I left him I got stopped so many time by people asking if I was selling my peanuts.

  37. khs68
    April 3rd, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Boiled peanuts from Ono Seafood in Kapahulu — giant size peanuts and really drippy, juicy. They started making poke bowls recently. My favorite is ahi poke with tobiko.

  38. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Lately, been grinding on the can of premium grade roasted peanuts they sell at Costcos. Salty as heck, but no matter when you got the beer as a chaser. It’s a little better than Planters. The size of the peanut is bigger and they put a tad more salt on it.

  39. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Different strokes for different folks. To me, the ‘crunchy’ peanut butter is much better than the ‘smooth’ one. Something about biting into those small bits of peanut adds to it. K, den… how about peanut butter flavored boiled peanuts?

  40. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Man, I spock the gon lo mein above the boiled peanuts in the picture. Wait a second, Alicia’s is not a Chinese restaurant. More like tossed noodles then. Something more like the dumb guy in Chinatown would eat. LOL

  41. Seawalker
    April 3rd, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Boy yo boy, @1 oldfut, see reply to previous blog. Glad to see another Lanakila/Kuakini guy around.

  42. LINDA KATO
    April 3rd, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Good afternoon MLCers :!: Happy Thursday :!: :grin:

    Hope everyone is having a fun afternoon :!: Missed reading all the banter between Seawalker and 4G :!: Got my laughs for today :!:

    I loved eating boiled peanuts…. don’t have a clue where my Mom it from. I don’t go out of my way to find it but if I happened to bump into someone selling boiled peanuts, I would buy some…. now and then….. what a treat. I never guessed the ingredients in them…. just ate and enjoyed :!:

    Have a great afternoon/evening everyone :!:

    I’m working on an editing project day and night; want to finish it by Sunday but will pop in now and then to lurk :!: :grin:

  43. NaPueo
    April 3rd, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    I used to get mine from Ruger Market. Haven’t been for a long long time. Picked some up from Times Supermarket. They were ok but not great.

  44. Mark '75
    April 3rd, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    So nice to hear the stories of old Fort Ruger Market. My brother in law’s family owned Ruger Market up until the early ’90s when they sold it and moved to the mainland.

    I liked their boiled peanuts best.

  45. Mark '75
    April 3rd, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    Sam Kapu (Da Kapahulu Common Mango) used to plug Peter, Gerald, and Clinton of Ruger Market on his radio show…was neat!

  46. DIO
    April 3rd, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    Sam Kapu, what a character. :lol:

  47. Mark '75
    April 3rd, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    Talk about Ruger Market…..Clinton used to call my son to come behind the glass cases. He’d get a bowl and put rice in it, then fill the bowl with his favorite poke. Original poke bowl? maybe…..hmmmm

  48. Mark Shelby
    April 3rd, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    I used to go to Ruger market. It was only about a mile and a half from my house at 22nd Ave and Paikau St. I would pick up the Kalua Pig for lunch! And the li hing mui and good stuffs. It was just local kine. You had to live near their to know it was even there. Good kind people!

    You know where my house is Mark ’75…..you was deah.

  49. kaimukitita
    April 3rd, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    So I am old enough to remember the Peanut Lady at the Old Stadium and always bought a bag when we went to football games. But I don’t know if you all know this, but that Peanut Lady was also the Peanut Lady that used to sit outside of Sears. My dad was a manager of the Sears Stereo, Radio and TV department and the lady used to be outside of the door that led right into his department. She was always there and worked all by herself. My dad would always buy a few bags of peanuts from her…dry boiled and boiled. It wasn’t until I was in intermediate school that he told my why she was so special. Apparently, she had to take take of her grandchildren because her son and his wife had both passed away. I’ve often wondered what ever happened to her and if she was able to find some peace and happiness in her life.

  50. Mark Shelby
    April 4th, 2014 at 12:38 am #

    Yes…… kaimukitita……I remember all of that! I love your screen name! LOL!

    I loved that little old lady! She always worked so hard!

    Go McKinley Tigers! Black and Gold!

  51. M
    April 4th, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    Guud morning MLCers!
    Happy Aloha Friday!

  52. 1oldfut
    April 4th, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    Another Ruger Market boiled-peanut-eater here. @DancingBear-I still buy them there once in a while and they’re good. They are a little salty, but for me, it’s probably because I’m on a low salt diet now, knowhuddimean? I can’t say I can accurately compare taste then and now, but it WAS awesome after an afternoon of surfing. Actually everything tasted awesome anyway. Re: post about peanuts at the stadium. Off topic, but did the Redskins play there once? After reading the post I had a flashback. I’m rambling, sorry.

  53. 4G
    April 4th, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Even worse than the peanut shells, below the bleachers at the old Honolulu Stadium were the spilled drinks!

    Every once in a while, I’m ashamed to admit, we used to try and “bomb” people walking underneath the bleachers with peanut shells.

    LOL.

  54. 4G
    April 4th, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    OT, but related to the last topic on “Eateries”.

    Johnny Rockets coming to Hawaii (from KHON):

    http://khon2.com/2014/04/04/johnny-rockets-plans-to-open-its-first-hawaii-location/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  55. Seawalker
    April 4th, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    @4G – Think we saw Johnny Rockets the last time we went to Universal Studios or at one of the theme parks in California. Too bad we going be dead by the time they complete urban sprawl in Kakaako. Going get planny more eateries coming from the mainland especially with rail. When will Dick’s open up here? Know a lot of people who qualify going into that store. LOL

  56. Seawalker
    April 4th, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    I remember the way we used to eat boil peanuts deserve some mentioning. Okay, so it was mostly 2 in a pod. Once in a while, you’d get these big-a$$ one-sies. Sometimes it was 3, 4, or even 5 in the pod. On occasion, we’d de-shell a whole bunch of them boiled peanuts, and put it in a pile before eating them. One time, I when make like sharing it with my siblings. So we all pitched in to take off the shell. Being the black sheep of the bunch, when it was time to grind, I’d hog a whole bunch for myself even though you were supposed to share the nuts and make everybody happy. Well, that led to a “beef” again. Guess who took notice? Yup, it was pops. Man, we’d get lickins’ for doing some silly thing with boiled peanuts and getting into fights. Good fun remembering.

  57. mows
    April 4th, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    Mow store aka Halawa Heights Market when it was run by Mr. Mow. Bob’s brand valencia boiled also dried boiled. Oh so ono with beer.

  58. volleymom2
    April 4th, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    My dad liked boiled peanuts, my hubby likes them too. I never ate them when I was young… then about a year ago I decided to try it.. what have I missed all these years? But I guess my palate is changing… I do like boiled peanuts, the ones that are juicy!! I didn’t even know there are different flavors of boiled peanuts so I guess I better start scouting around for samples!1 Any suggestions?

  59. Mark'75
    April 4th, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    @Mark Shelby: Yep, I was deah!

  60. HbH
    April 4th, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    @Everybody

    Aloha aunties & uncles hope your having a great day full of aloha? Mahalo fo giving me back the gift of old Hawai’i and my hanabata memories. I haven’t know you guys long but im greatful i met you and see you guys as my bruddahs and sistahs Mahalo.

  61. Mark Shelby
    April 5th, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    I enjoy your memories too…..HbH!

  62. Mark Shelby
    April 5th, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    Listening to some good Aloha tonight…..

    Because I miss my Island Home!

    It does not get better than this my Brothers and Sisters!

    ……Enjoy!

    Keola Beamer, “Ku`u Home O Kahalau`u”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=k7NRf7LRLc4

  63. Seawalker
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    @Mark Shelby – Absolutely. Now, if Michelle Wie somehow wins the Kraft Nabisco this weekend, that would really be spreading the aloha. Saw her play in Hawaii when she was 12. Awesome-ish! Keep the tunes coming, brah.

  64. Mark Shelby
    April 5th, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    This has probably been done before……

    But let’s expand it!

    And how about hana hou?

    Idea for a thread.

    Share all of your good old local kine songs and artists.

    Your concerts you went to and those experiences.

    Those Disco Nights!……LOL!

    Your Bar Hopper Nights! The clubs you wen visit. Your Favorite night time club hang outs. Your memories of that experience.

    Your music experience in OUR Island Home!

    The most special music in the world!

  65. Mark Shelby
    April 5th, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Tear drops on my keyboard…….enjoy

    Only Good Times – Keola & Kapono Beamer

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=yvEDmPq4vTQ

  66. cmo
    April 6th, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    I tried Masa and Joyce’s in Kaneohe a few times and their boiled peanuts are ono. My dad used to grow peanuts in his garden then boil them, so good and fresh. My wife likes smooth and I like crunchy PB. PB&J and milk–da bes!