How do you visit a place? You pack your bag, fly or take the car, reach your destination and visit the famous tourist spots. The story is more or less same for all. But, there are certain things that create a difference between a traveller and tourists. A tourist will do all these things while a traveller will want something more. If you belong to the second group, Hawaii will not disappoint you. You can stay in mansions in Hawaii to enjoy the luxury, but you can’t avoid the traditional Hawaii that you may not be able to find in any of the mansions.
While enjoying hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving and other adventure sports, you should live the traditional life of the place. That only completes your tour, and for that, you need to taste the local foods. You can enjoy rainbows, cliffs, beaches, etc. in Hawaii, but the open secret of the island is the food over there. The joy of visiting here will get double once you taste the foods of Hawaii. The food is inspired by the local cuisine along with a Japanese and Filipino style. So, Aloha! Here are some of the lip-smacking dishes!
- Kalua Pig
The name suggests the main ingredient of the dish. Yes, it is another famous pork dish of Hawaii that will never let you forget the stunning volcanic islands. Here, the pork is slowly roasted in an imu (underground oven) so that it becomes completely tender and juicy and full of smoky flavour. You can have it with rice to enjoy the meal the best. If you are fond of smoky flavour, this dish will make you visit Hawaii again.
The name is small, but the food is not. Actually, it is a thick starch dish which is eaten in Hawaii as one of the staple and traditional foods. Poi is made of the taro root which is kind of yam or potato. It is baked and then pounded. During pounding, water is mixed to prepare the thick consistency. It tastes a bit sour and obviously, starchy. You can add smoked salmon with the dish to get a better taste.
- Ahi Poke
This is another local dish that is made of fresh yellow-fin tuna, garlic, tomatoes, sesame oil and seeds, pepper water, soy sauce, seasalt, chili pepper, inamona (types of kukui nuts) and seaweed limu. When limu is used more, it is known as limu poke. Apart from this, there are 10 different varieties of poke that is eaten here on the island. You should try a few.
- Shaved Ice
While having other types of dishes, you can also try desserts in Hawaii. Have shaved ice in Hawaii to change your taste. Ice is shaven and filled in cones while it is filled with colourful syrups, like lilikoi, li hing mui, and coconut. You can add mocha balls, ice creams, condensed milk or azuki beans to make it taste awesome.
Talking about Hawaiian traditional dishes and not mentioning this will be a mistake, as this is one of the must things to do in honolulu.This is one of the most favourite dishes of the locals as well as of the tourists. Again taro is used here, but not the roots, but the leaves. Usually, pork is wrapped in taro leaves and cooked in an underground hot rock. It takes time and what you get is soft and smoky-flavored pork within taro leaves. The juicy meat leaves its taste for a long time on your taste buds. Though traditionally laulau is made of pork, presently, it is also made of fish, chicken, etc.
- Seared Ahi
It is practically prepared of tuna which is abundant in Hawaii. Here, ahi and marlin are grilled on a skewer with tomatoes and soy sauce. The taste you get is tangy and spicy which is another feature of Hawaiian food. If you want something quick-made, but tasty snack, you should try authentic seared ahi in Hawaii.
- Loco Moco
The name is quite interesting, right? Actually, it is a complete Hawaiian meal. This dish is a combination of rice fried egg and hamburger patty with gravy on the top. It will keep you full for long while you are planning a day out to explore exotic Hawaii.
- Spam Musubi
Let’s start with something light. When shaped rice and fried spam are wrapped and with dried seaweed, it becomes one of the most famous Hawaiian snacks. It will make you happy as a starter. Before delving into the main course, you can taste such titbits as an appetizer while you are in Hawaii.
- Mahi Mahi Sandwich
The dish is known, but the ingredient is not, right? Actually, Mahi Mahi is kind of a fish, available in Hawaii and it tastes excellent. In beachside shacks or in restaurants, Mahi Mahi sandwiches or other dishes are really famous. Do you know how people catch these fishes? They jump into the stream from the kayak and catch the fish.
These are really interesting in its looks and taste. They are local buns, stuffed with chicken, char siu, beans and lots of other things. You can have them steamed or baked. Among the famous local cuisines, manapua will take an important place. These white buns are really yummy.
These are top 10 yummy foods of Hawaii you can try there. Thus, your Hawaii trip can be exotic and an unmemorable tour of your life.