Plate lunch: a syncretic menu item that is a quintessential part of the cuisine of Hawaii, roughly equivalent to the Southern US meat-and-threes plate. (source: Wikipedia)
When in Japan, get a bento box. When in Hawaii, get a plate lunch. That’s the gist I got when I would eat out in Hawaii. You can thank the Pan-Asian restaurants and food courts for making it popular and affordable.
My first plate lunch came from the food court of Waikiki’s International Market Place. I ordered the standard US$10-plate—two scoops of white rice, a scoop of macaroni salad, a side of Korean vegetables, and a big serving of the main entrée, barbeque chicken. It paved the way for many other plate lunches that I enjoyed during my holiday.