Some, say the plate lunch first appeared in Hawaii after World War II on the plantations, others say Rainbow drive inn was one of the first to sell them in 1961.
It was created because plantation workers were poor and having two starches was enough to fill someone up. Kalbi was introduced by the Koreans who came to Hawaii to work on the plantations.
Its one of the most popular plate lunches in the islands. This kalbi plate is from @papaoleskitchen on the North Shore. If you are ever on the NS its a must! Their beef luau, hamburger steak, and shrimp plate are ono as well. Support local businesses and buy local. @lanai