Meat Jun is a popular Korean dish eaten in Hawaii. I remember eating Meat Jun from Yummy’s Korean BBQ. It has a sweet and savory taste that always takes me back home. Thinly sliced beef is the most common type of meat used for Meat Jun, but for this recipe, you’ll also learn how to make Meat Jun with chicken and fish.
Rice Cake is a chewy-sweet Chinese treat. Many memories are associated with Rice Cakes when growing up in the islands. Learn how to make your very own homemade Rice Cake to bring back those good ol’ memories.
Garlic Furikake Chicken is a crispy deep fried chicken dipped in a garlicy-shoyu based sauce. Garnished on top is the furikake seasoning that a lot of locals like to top on their rice. Learn how to make furikake chicken from scratch; from the chicken brine to the frying and making the dipping sauce.
Andagi is a sweet treat eaten during the Okinawan Festivals held on Hawaii. It is deep fried similarly to a classic doughnut. It has a crunchy golden brown exterior with a sweet and cake-like texture inside. Traditionally the andagi is made by hand dropping it in the oil, creating unique shapes and sometimes leaving that coveted tail.
Fried rice is a great local dish to make if you have a lot of leftover ingredients. Since rice is pretty much a staple in Hawaii, guarantee there will be leftover rice. So, put that rice together with veggies of your choice and any leftover meat, and now you have fried rice! You know it’s local fried rice if you either have spam, lup cheon, char siu, shrimp, chicken, beef, or Portuguese sausage. I also heard that bacon is great for this dish too!
Squid luau is part of Hawaii’s favorite local dish. It goes great with any luau dishes like lomi salmon, kalua pork, poi, etc. Squid luau has an irresistibly savory and slight sweetness that will make you keep coming back for more.
Learn how to make homemade Guava Chiffon Cake from making the cake’s batter from scratch to the sweet and tangy guava glaze. This cake has been Hawaii’s favorite dessert for a while. It is usually sold in local bakeries and served at many party events.
One of Hawaii’s classic dish is loco moco. Everyone and their dog has come across this simple and filling dish. Basically it is rice, hamburger patty, gravy, and an egg. Boom! Right there is your classic loco moco. Although it is an easy dish, this will leave anyone happy with a full stomach.
Okinawan Sweet Potato Haupia Pie is by far my favorite dessert! My Aunty brought this dessert one day for family dinner, and I practically ate it all. It’s a unique dessert with three layers of heaven. A crunchy shortbread crust, layered with Okinawan Sweet Potatoes, and topped with a Haupia layer.
Learn how to make 4 types of Spam Musubi! A local Hawaiian version to the Japanese musubi. Super simple but super yummy to eat! Pack a spam musubi with plastic wrap and take it with you anywhere for lunch, dinner, or snack! Great for a picnic, swim at the beach, or any hangout.