Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hawaiian food

Aaah...It's been a looong time since my last post..My blog post this time is not related to my own recipes. Its about some great food  I experienced on my Hawaii trip.
Me and my hubby had been to Hawaii last spring.  Hawaii has an ancient Polynesian culture. Most people were farmers, fishermen, hunters who enjoyed a diversity of foods. Their main sources of protein were seafood, chicken and red meat. Nowadays almost every cuisine is available in Hawaii.  

One can find fresh fruits like pineapples, bananas, coconuts, raspberries, strawberries, sugarcane and many more vegetables and nuts. Here are pictures of some dishes and  fresh fruits I liked.


Huli - Huli chicken
Its sweet n tangy. Chicken is marinated with garlic powder, salt, shoyu ( Asian soya sauce) ,Pineapple juice concentrate, Worcestershire sauce, white cooking wine and brown sugar. 

Coconut shrimp with sweet n spicy sauce - This was the award winning recipe of the restaurant. There was live music, and a vibrant hula dance performance on the beach to go along with some awesome seafood !!  The shrimp has tempura with coconut flakes with salt , pepper and a spicy-sweet sauce.

All of us fish lovers out there might have tried fish tacos at some point until now. I have had tried a few here in Texas but the ones me and my hubby tasted off the Hawaiian streets in Maui simply swept me off my feet. We were hanging out at the local fish market in Maui and it was past dinner time. We were starving and someone was kind enough to suggest this place for the best tacos in this area. People were swarming this little mobile restaurant which was a bit uncommon in the otherwise laid back part of town. The tacos had fish as fresh as you could imagine, the hottest and most unique blend of salsas/sauces and sure left a mark in our memories. 

Hana is the most pristine hidden place and Hawaii's treasure. Since it is away from commercialism, tourists have very few food choices. There are many restaurants which provide packed lunches on the way to Hana. We grabbed a crab meat sandwich, a Aloha veggie sandwich, some macaroni salad, chips and Choco chip cookies for the road and trust me, the sandwiches were awesome and had a unique taste !!!
Luau is a traditional festival or more a party .Polynesian cuisine is a melting pot of different cultures from around the world so we encountered many foreign food names we had never heard before !!! 
Mai Tai is a famous beverage served in the Luau. Other beverages like pina colada, Blue Hawaii, lava flow are also popular. Kalua pig or roasted pork, is prepared in the Hawaiian imu or an underground steam oven. Kalua pig is usually
served with sea salt and sometimes green onions.Other dishes like shoyu chicken, chicken long rice, lomilomi salmon, baked /fried mahi mahi, soba noodles are served as entree dishes.
Macadamia Nut Lu'au Cream Pie ,Haupia (sweet coconut cream custard cubes)  ,Pineapple upside down Cake, Bread Pudding were the desserts served. After seven days and several meals there,we returned with luscious memories of Polynesian food !!!  I will try to include some of them in future till then Bbyeee.



Love to cook said...

you are back my chef. looking forward for some blogging adventures together!

sampada said...

wow..seems u enjoyed a lot.. all mouth watering dishes..

Cooking Foodie said...

Hi - good to see you back!
And your description of dishes make me want to go there :)

prachee said...

@ love to cook - Sure !!!
@ Sampada - ya they were mouthwatering and really enjoyed..
@ cooking foodie - you should really visit Maui... very nice place. :)

Uday said...

The tacos were my favorite. Still remember the taste and makes me hungry :)

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