Tucked away, across the street from Haleiwa Joe’s sits the Aloha Thai Food truck, which can be a little difficult to see when driving on Kamehameha Highway as it sits at least 100 feet off the main road. The Aloha Thai Food truck is worth stopping by as they serve up some very good Thai food. One of the benefits of being a little off the main road is that the dining area is a bit more secluded and they have a nice little area with a couple of benches where you can eat your food.
The menu at Aloha Thai Food is pretty straight forward. They serve five basic types of main dishes. The first is noodle dishes like pad thai and pad lao. Of course you have your curry dishes of red, yellow, green or panang curry. Third, you have a choice of seven different stir fry dishes. Fourth is your fried rice options and lastly, you have a choice of two skewer dishes.
Their prices are very reasonable with most dishes priced at $8.50 for a fairly large portion. As you would expect, all their dishes come with your choice of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp ($2 extra), veggies or tofu. The most expensive dish only costs $13.50 and comes with rice and a salad is the crispy fried shrimp and the coconut shrimp skewers.
I ordered a sample plate consisting of some shrimp skewers, chicken satay skewers, chicken yellow curry, a small ginger salad, shrimp pad Thai and chicken pad lao. The photos in the gallery below are not full portion sizes. It’s about half of their normal full order.
I tried the shrimp and chicken satay skewers first, which were very good. They were both perfectly cooked and the peanut sauce complimented each skewer nicely. Next was the yellow curry. The vegetables were spot on, not too soft and definitely not undercooked. The curry sauce was thick and tasty.
When I tried the shrimp pad Thai and the chicken pad lao, though both dishes seemed similar, each had their own unique flavor profile and I did prefer the chicken pad lao more. Don’t get me wrong, both dishes were good. The shrimp pad Thai had a slightly sweet taste while the chicken pad lao had a more traditional savory taste. Based on your personal preference of sweet or savory, you may prefer the pad Thai more. The ginger salad had a nice flavor to it and went well with the other items I ordered. I also had to try their Thai tea, which was on the sweeter side than I normally prefer but it was still quite good.
Overall, I really enjoyed the food at the Aloha Thai Food truck. I had a chance to talk with the owners, Naly and Allen, for bit and they really like what they do and have a passion for their business. They work hard to make sure their customers are happy. The only thing I think they could use is a little more exposure. Location is key. The Aloha Thai Food truck needs to be a little bit more visible so they can get more of the drive through traffic. Their food is very good and the prices are very reasonable.
The Aloha Thai Food truck is open from 10:00am to 9:00pm, seven days a week. Just keep in mind they are a bit hidden off the main road so be on the lookout when you see Haleiwa Joe’s on Kamehameha Hwy because the Aloha Thai Food truck is right across the street from it. If you’ve crossed the bridge driving North, you’ve gone too far.
Here are some photos from my visit to Aloha Thai Food
Map to Aloha Thai Food