Hawaii Is A Food Lovers Paradise
Last year over the Christmas holiday I spent some time in Hawaii. The food of Hawaii taste completely different from other cuisines because it is unique to the islands. When you think of the beautiful island of Hawaii, what comes to mind? Is it the beautiful beaches, the palm trees or the rich culture? It is normal to have those thoughts at the forefront, but when I think of Hawaii, I think of the delectable cultural dishes. Of course, it
does not hurt that the atmosphere, the view and the company is equally as good. Hawaiian food is remarkable.
The great thing about Hawaii is that you can find these traditional dishes just about on every corner. Natives are proud of what they serve you and take extra care to let you have the full experience. I love it when I get to eat as locals eat. Here are some of my favorite dishes to enjoy when visiting this little paradise floating on the sea.
This is directly connected to my Caribbean roots. My grandmother would make this for me every time I visited Jamaica. I know you are thinking that breadfruit does not sound like an appetizing experience, but trust me it is. This fruit weighs around 10 pounds and has a similar starchy texture as potatoes. It has a subtle sweetness about it that makes for a delicate treat. Some natives do eat it raw, but it is usually either boiled, deep-fried or steamed. The fact that this fruit is high in protein and has been said to be a super-food is of course a bonus. One of my favorite ways to eat this is to make some breadfruit fries. Slice it up, toss with some olive oil and rosemary, c
over with foil and roast it in the oven for around 20 minutes. After the breadfruit is cooked in the oven, you go ahead and fry it like you would potato fries. This is definitely a winner in my books.
You can find this dish just about anywhere in Hawaii. Remember that I said you should not go to fancy restaurants in Hawaii? While you can find this dish just about anywhere, I highly suggest you visit one of the local lunch wagons. A Hawaiian plate consists of a scoop (or 2) of rice and a variety of other traditional foods. It can range from having some kalua pig (which is an article on its own), chicken and even mac n cheese. These are wrapped in a crunchy ti leaves for your enjoyment. If you want to have a complete taste of what Hawaii has to offer, this would be the dish you want to hunt for.
One of the most popular dishes in Hawaii has to be poke. The name definitely does not give anything away and the flavors might surprise you (positively). If you enjoy Japanese sashimi, you are going to float on a cloud when you taste this raw fish salad. It’s like having sushi, but in a bowl that seems never ending. The fish is cut into squares, with Tuna being the most popular choice. This is served with some Hawaiian salt, soy sauce, seaweed and Maui onions
. Poke bowls start off with a scoop of rice, topped with a generous portion of poke salad. The flavors are so yummy, you might want to order another one to take home.
There is nothing more comforting than a deliciously rich stew and the Luau stew is one to remember. It somehow combines all the flavors that Hawaii has to offer, all in one dish. It’s one of those traditional dishes you have at your grandma’s house and it takes like home. This is a simple dish, which starts with some taro leaves that is cooked with some Hawaiian salt until it reaches a tender consistency. This is paired with some beef brisket, coconut milk and seaweed to enhance the already amazing flavors.
Do not think that I forgot you sweet tooth Gastronomers and I am not talking about the coco puffs cereal here. If you ever find yourself in Honolulu, you have to visit one of the local bakeries. These cream filled puffs can look like a simple éclair, but it surely isn’t. This Choux pastry is filled with chocolate pudding and covered in a frosting that sets this desert apart. The Chantilly frosting is buttery and rich and nutty (macadamia nuts). You can try and make this at home, but the original recipe has been one of Hawaii’s best kept secrets.
Hawaii is so much more than its natural beauty and when explored, you can find lifelong treasures. Make sure when you go on vacation to always do what the locals do. It is within those moments that magic happens.