5 Foods you must try in Hawai’i
This is a list of my top 5 favorite foods from back home that I truly miss. These are some of the foods I have grown up eating and may sound weird to you. It’s not for everyone. It’s really good though or as we like to say “broke da mouth”. I will provide links so you can see a picture of each dish I am talking about. So here we go:
- Hawaiian Plate -Includes 1-2 scoops of short grain white rice, Lomi salmon, kalua pig, Lau Lau, poi, chicken long rice, and mac salad. Yes, this is a lot of food! The average person in Hawaii would say this just enough. One of the reasons why I am “fluffy”.Some of you must be trying to read this like what is that? Here I’ll break it down for you 🙂
Lomi salmon( low-me-sam-in) is diced up tomatoes, salmon, and onions with a touch of green onion.
Kalua pig is smoked pork. The best way to cook it is slowly in a smoker. Hawaiians use to cook it in an Imu (e-moo). An underground oven. The lazy way to cook it? pork butt in a dutch oven throw some sea salt and liquid smoke. Place in oven on low setting till meat is very tender. Found a recipe here I make it a little different but never wrote it down.
Lau Lau(Lou-Lou) This has to be my absolute favorite! it is pork(with plenty fat)The fat is what makes a really good moist Lau Lau, purple sweet potato, and butterfish wrapped in taro leaves then wrapped in Ti leaf. Then tightly secured by a string. Place them in a layered steamer and you are good to go.
Chicken long rice chicken, ginger root, green onion, bean thread noodles. Many different ways to make it. Nothing beats the good old family recipe.
Mac salad I personally like the basic version elbow macaroni with shredded carrots, mayonnaise(Has to be best foods) salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Fried rice Loco Moco -I judge a restaurant in Hawaii when I order this dish if the hamburger is not very good or if the gravy is bad I don’t go back. I feel like everywhere in Hawaii should have a decent loco moco. A really good fried rice topped with homemade hamburger, an egg( Over easy is the best) and homemade brown gravy. Best dish for any time of day.
- Gravy cheese burger I know I know what the heck is this? Growing up in Hilo, Hawai’i it’s like on every menu there. I moved to Oahu same state but a different island NO ONE knows what this is there. How? I still can’t answer this. You can’t even find a picture of this on google. It’s like a secret burger that the world should know about( yes it’s that good). My favorite place to get this burger done the right way is k’s Drive in they also have the BEST twist cones.
- Spam Musubi(spam-mu-sue-be) My favorite type of spam musubi is the spam being cooked in shoyu and sugar mixture (shoyu aka soy sauce HAS to be ALOHA brand). It’s a layer of rice then spam then more rice wrapped in a nori sheet(seaweed). This taste better than it sounds. You can walk into any 7-11 in Hawaii and buy a spam musubi in the hot food section. This is one of those foods you take to the beach for lunch. Ahh, so many good memories.
- Poke (po-kay) This world is mispronounced so often I chuckle when I hear it being pronounced po-kee. It’s marinated chunks of raw ahi. There are so many variations of it too many to even try to list here if I did I would end up sounding like Bubba in Forest Gump. Not too long ago I hated this dish. After many attempts of trying it, I finally grew to love it I now crave it *sigh. This is one of those dishes you find at every bbq, party, and pretty much every fridge in Hawaii. Though most of the time if not all the time it doesn’t even make it to the fridge.
Well, there you go just a small taste of where I come from. Now thanks to this post I am VERY hungry lol.
“Home is where ALOHA is..”