There is a lot of yummy food to try in Hawaii. Some may sound strange to you, but don’t be afraid to try it! Recently I have returned from Hawaii, and I must say the food was AMAZING. Hawaiian food is strongly influenced by traditional Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, European, and American culture. All of these are combined to make delicious food that you must try if you go to Hawaii.
First thing you must try is saimin. Saimin is a noodle soup with green onions, spam, and sometimes Kamaboko (kind of like a fish cake). As soon as we got of the plane in Kona, we went to L&L and had the saimin. I cannot emphasize how good it is! I had a sore throat that day, so it was very soothing. The broth is dashi stock, which also the base for miso soup. I love this dish and I highly recommend it!
Second thing you must try is poke (pronounced like pokey). It’s a raw fish salad, usually with yellowfin tuna (ahi poke). Ingredients may vary, but the fish is always marinated in sea salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, and various other things. If you like Japanese sashimi, you’ll definitely like poke. Eating raw fish may not sound like something you would like, but I recommend trying it once. Up until I tried it, I was convinced I wouldn’t like it. After I did, it’s one of my favorite dishes when I come to Hawaii.
Third dish you must try is laulau, which is pork or fish wrapped and cooked in taro leaves. This is a popular plate lunch in Hawaui, usually served with rice and macaroni salad. I’ll be honest, this isn’t my favorite dish. I don’t have a particular reason why, it’s just not something I would eat all the time. My dad however, had it almost every day when we were in Hawaii. Even though it’s not high on my list, I suggest you try it if you get a chance!
Fourth dish you must try is musubi. Musubi is kind of like sushi, it’s a rice roll with spam and wrapped in nori (seaweed). Once again, not my favorite thing, but it’s still pretty good. It’s a good on-the-go snacks, so if we were going to the beach, we would bring some musubi just because it was small and pretty filling. I’d say if you like sushi l, you would probably like musubi.
I would like to point out, that L&L serves most of these dishes (all except poke). And they have very good food. The best? No, but the closest you’ll get to Hawaiian food that’s a good price. You can find L&L’s almost anywhere in Hawaii, mostly in more populated areas. Also you can find L&L’s in some areas of the mainland USA, as well as Japan (Tokyo), China (Dongguang City), Indonesia (Jakarta), Guam, and New Zealand (Auckland).
I do have to point out that poke can be pretty expensive. If you’re on the Big island, Chubby’s has the best poke for a decent price. Chubby’s is a really cool place because it’s located within an acade-bowling alley. If you have kids, it’s a great place to take them. Plus then you can go to Chubby’s and get some poke and more delicious food. I highly reccommend the furikake chicken. It’s only served on Saturdays, and it’s so good!
There are definitely more foods that you should try, but I just wanted to only have Hawaiian foods in this post rather than including some other ethnic foods. Some honorable mentions are:
- Chicken katsu (fried chicken with a sweet and tangy sauce)
- Bulgogi (Korean barbecue beef)
- Malasadas (Portuguese donuts)
Try whatever you would like, these are just my recommendations. There’s a lot of great food, so be sure to try it before determining you don’t like it. That’s all I have for today, so happy travels everyone!
COMMENT CHALLENGE: Comment down below what dish you would be more interested in trying and why!