Khalbi ribs is a local island favorite in Hawaii. This blessed dish was introduced by the Koreans and has since been adopted and loved by the locals. It is the perfect summer bbq dish to serve at family gatherings or beach get-togethers.
Lilikoi (passion fruit) bars are a very simple and easy dessert to make! The lilikoi’s sweet and tangy taste really brings out it’s flavors in this lovely treat. Along with the sweet custard is a crisp shortbread crust making these bars even more divine. Give this recipe a try and get ready to impress your ohana and friends.
Chinese Cake Noodles is an addictive dish with crispy noodles smothered in a thick savory sauce with fried local vegetables. It has been on the menus of many local Chinese restaurants and is always a must have when eating with the ohana.
Boiled peanuts have become an easy and ono treat that locals love to snack on. You’ll see these snacks served as pupus or at aunty’s house in a bowl ready to be eaten as you enjoy the company of family. Boiled peanuts are usually sold in Chinatown in clear plastic bags. If you are craving these local snacks, the recipe is very simple to make!
Banana Lumpia is another sweet treat that was brought to Hawaii from the Philippines. It is very simple to make this but it is probably one of my most favorite treats to eat. This treat is basically a banana rolled in brown sugar, dusted with cinnamon, and wrapped tightly in a spring roll to be fried until it is golden brown.
Vinha D’Alhos (vee-nah dosh) is a Portuguese dish that is commonly eaten during the holiday season. The Portuguese came to Hawaii during the plantation era. They brought many traditions including this onolicious dish, Vinha D’alhos. It is similar to an adobo dish but has more spices to add a seasonal flavor to it. It has a nice tangy and savory kick that makes it go well with Portuguese sweet bread or rice.
Learn how to make one of Hawaii’s most favorite dessert, Chantilly Cake. This chocolate cake is perfect to make for a special celebration like birthdays, weddings, etc. The frosting is based on evaporated milk and butter. To top off the cake, sprinkle on toasted macadamia nuts to give it that perfect touch!
Learn how to make beef broccoli, an onolicious-local-favorite dish. Beef broccoli may not seem like a local dish to Hawaii, but it is pretty common in plate lunches and a favorite dish to have with the family. Learn some tips and tricks on how to tenderize the meat through a Chinese secret. It will definitely be a tender meat that’ll melt in your mouth!
Learn how to cook one of Hawaii’s most craved for dish, Oxtail Soup. Hawaiian style oxtail soup received its inspiration from the Chinese. It is a simple recipe but does take time to cook this aromatic and onolicious dish.
Hawaiian style mac salad is a must-have side dish. It is the perfect side dish to balance out any heavy main dishes like kalbi, chicken katsu, teriyaki chicken, etc. There are many different variations to the mac salad that interchange different ingredients such as potatoes, imitation crab, tuna, etc.