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.
Learn how to make the most delicious crispy wontons (gau gee) ever. Hawaii has also been influenced by the Chinese culture and thus wontons has become adopted to Hawaii’s food culture. It’s a common appetizer found in most local potlucks, restaurants, and Chinese restaurants. Try out this delightful crunchy snack.
Learn how to make this ‘ono Chicken Long Rice! Usually found at a luau as a side dish. It’s a savory and simple dish to make for dinner and any special occasion.
A refreshing side dish made up of tomatoes, onions, green onions, and salmon. Lomi salmon is usually eaten at most luaus or served in a small plastic bowl in a plate lunch. It is simple and healthy.