In the latest of our series of our road trip tour around America, looking for the best American food, candies and sodas, we’ve decided to take a little pit stop in Hawaii to discover what kinds of foods and culinary delights this famous little island has to offer.
Perhaps they mostly unfairly get the blame for Hawaiian pizza, combining pizza with pineapple, which has caused… some controversy, but there’s a hell of a lot more to discover about this beautiful little island than just pineapple and pizza.
The most recent state to join the US, Hawaii only became part of the United States in 1959 and is made up almost entirely of volcanic islands. It has a rich history and its indigenous people are famous all around the world for their culture and history.
Hawaii is the 8th-smallest and the 11th-least populous, but the 13th-most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states.
A somewhat melting pot of cultures and history, Hawaii takes in the riches of Polynesian voyagers, indigenous Hawaiians, East Asian culture and American influences too.
According to the tourist board,Asian to European and everything in between, if you crave it, you will find it in Hawaii. Unique to Hawaii, however, are the locally inspired items — steeped in history and tradition, blended together by the melting pot of cultures.
There is a lot to choose from, apparently, and some may appear more risky ventures than others if you are used to a steady diet of traditional American fare like burgers and fried chicken. Having said that, Hawaii probably does traditional outdoor food better than most.
Here’s some of our favourite recipes that we’ve picked up researching this wonderful island.
One of the most indulgent Hawaiian dishes imaginable, there’s hot debate (Isn’t there always) about how best to cook this dish and there are apparently many ways to do it traditionally, but looking through, we found a recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook probably the easiest to follow.
A classic Hawaiian dish, Loco Moco consists of steamed rice topped with juicy hamburger steak, fried egg and smothered in a flavourful mushroom gravy.