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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.