The Pig and The Lady

The Pig and The Lady – Modern Oahu Eatery Serving Superb Vietnamese Cuisine
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

At The Pig and The Lady, they go big on whipping up stellar Vietnamese cuisine and serving tasty drinks to match. The team never cuts corners as they create each meal from scratch, even going as far as to make their own pickles. Although the food is plenty enough reason to visit this Honolulu eatery, the hip décor, chill vibe, and friendly service come together to offer the perfect dining experience.

- The Local Expert Team

With a trip to The Pig and The Lady, you can enjoy scrumptious Vietnamese cuisine made using the freshest island ingredients. Their innovative preparations and plating techniques help elevate the quality of the ingredients, ensuring you enjoy the meal of a lifetime at every visit.

In fact, all their menu items are made from scratch using traditional recipes and tons of artistic flair. For their Pho, for example, The Pig and The Lady takes their sweet time simmering up beef, bun bo hue, and vegan broth to build its aromatics and phenomenal flavor.  Then, they artfully add all the fixings, including fresh rice noodles, veggies galore, and meat cooked to perfection to finish it off right.

The Pig and The Lady even whips up their own house pickles using daikon, carrots, and eggplant. Batches of Pickled Mustard Greens and Cucumber Kimchee are always going as well, along with plenty of Nuoc Mam Vinaigrette and Pok Pok Thai Chili Water. In addition to using these pickled and saucy delights in their other menu items, they put them up for sale by the container for your later enjoyment.

To elevate your dining experience at The Pig and The Lady, even more, they offer a full bar with beer, liquor, and wine. Although all that is quite tempting, most visitors cannot resist their Vietnamese Iced Coffee, no matter what time of the day they arrive. Their desserts are also well worth enjoying any time of the day, especially if you love Malasadas. They are housemade daily and feature a stunning combo of flavors, including caramelized white chocolate, banana, and candied walnuts.

Treat yourself to these items at The Pig and The Lady:

Mama’s Spring Rolls
If you’d like to whet your appetite with the finest flavors around, you’ll want to order up the Mama’s Spring Rolls. To create this starter, they pile on the pork, shrimp, crab, Kapu Farms lettuce, vermicelli noodles, and P&L house pickles. Then, they drizzle on the nuoc mam before rolling it up and dunking them in the deep fryer until golden brown. 

Pho French Dip
For Banh Mi to remember, don’t hesitate to treat yourself to the Pho French Dip at The Pig and The Lady. To kick off this tasty sandwich, they put beef brisket in the slow cooker for 12 hours to get melt-in-your-mouth tender. Once you put in your order, they take a toasted La Tour baguette and put their sliced brisket on one side. Over that, they add sauteed bean sprouts, onion, and cilantro plus spicy hoisin and Thai basil chimichurri. Alongside, you get their signature pho 75 broth as your au jus dip.

Kiawe Smoke Chicken Leg
The Kiawe Smoke Chicken Leg never fails to impress with its complex flavors in every bite. This popular entrée at The Pig and The Lady begins with rubbing the chicken legs in a creative Jamaican Jerk-inspired rub featuring mac khen pepper. After that, the chicken goes into the smoker until perfectly cooked and lands on the plate alongside cabbage and herb salad and jasmine rice.

If you fall in love with the food at The Pig and The Lady, have them cater your next event. You can order party pans online for pickup on your desired date and time. Or you can have them provide full-service catering with a full kitchen setup and all the cooking done right onsite. They do not have an online reservation option for their full-service catering. So, you’ll have to call them directly to get your event on their schedule.

Insider Tips:
-If you’re out at the local farmer’s markets, swing by their stand to enjoy your favorite dishes on the go. They are at the Neal Blaisdell Center on Wednesdays, Kailua Farmers Market on Thursdays, and Kapiolani Community College on Saturdays.
-When the parking lot is full behind the restaurant, you can find a spot on the street or go down the block to the parking garage.
-When ordering takeout or delivery, request utensils if you need them or you won’t get any with your order.