Join us as we visit Two Ladies Kitchen on Hawaii Island. It’s a Hilo treasure that will win your heart (via your taste buds).
The Treasure Within
As the worn-out phrase goes, don’t judge a book by its cover, and in the case of a popular Hilo mochi shop, it’s what is waiting inside that’ll really satisfy your sweet tooth.
Two Ladies Kitchen is inside a gray tin-roof building, next to a beauty salon and a tobacco shop. Not your typical tourist attraction by any means, but rather, a hole-in-the-wall that locals love. Why? For the mochi madness that awaits through the creaky screen door.
A Mochi Review of Two Ladies Kitchen
Possibly some of the tastiest pieces of mochi I’ve ever eaten. And that’s coming from someone who obsesses over the sweet rice treat. You can tell a lot of love goes into each freshly made piece, too. Because even with the melt-in-your-mouth decadence, the mochi is almost too pretty to eat!
They put Precision and effort into the entire process, from the pounding to the presentation. Neat rows of plastic take-out containers wrapped with colorful bows line the table next to the cashier. Inside of those trays, however, is a rainbow of flavors.
The tsunami mochi resembles frothy beach glass, while the peach mochi mimics the furry fruit in color and shape.
But the most popular mochi at Two Ladies Kitchen would have to be the legendary fresh strawberry mochi. They take the sweetest whole strawberries and wrap them in soft tsubushian bean paste. A half-healthy, half-hearty sweet treat, these buggers are plumped with goodness!
Tips for Visiting
Like most Hawaii small businesses, Two Ladies has limited hours. So call ahead of time to make sure they’re open. In fact, you should probably call in advance to place an order since they tend to run out of popular flavors. Your taste buds will thank us later!
TWO LADIES KITCHEN
274 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, HI 96720 • 808-961-4766