Meals are a fun part of any vacation. Unique tastes, fancy presentations and delicious foods all add up to a successful vacation experience! (Of course, not having to cook and clean up also makes for a successful vacation!)
A lot of foods in Hawaii are the same as you and I eat back on the mainland. Some times it is just a little bit different. For example, McDonalds gives you a side of pineapple with your combo lunch! Yummy, huh?
There are a few things that are VERY different from back home, so I have whipped up a little food lesson for no extra charge.
One of the central features of the luau is the kalua pig, which is a whole pig roasted in an underground oven for 6 hours.
Poi is pounded (pretty much pulverized) taro root.
This is a staple starch in the traditional Hawaiian diet. And yes, it’s supposed to be purple in color and sort of tastes like wallpaper paste – although, to be honest, I have never tasted wallpaper paste….
We found out about these donuts from our tour guide on the way home from the luau. So we stopped by the next morning. There were 20 people waiting in line so we KNEW they were going to taste good!
The pastry was warm and stuffed with the most luscious custard you ever had in your life. YUM!
Pop-pop INSISTS I show you the mess I made in the front seat of the rental car as I was trying to snarf down these luscious pastries…..(Grammy took this pic from the backseat. My hand is blurry because I was shovelling it in my mouth as fast as I could. Don’t miss these next time you go to Hawaii!
(I wonder what Hertz thought when we returned the car with the seats and carpet covered with sugar??? Hee hee!)
Okay, we’ve all heard of spam.
In Hawaii though, Spam is so popular it has been dubbed “The Hawaiian Steak.”
The perception of Spam in Hawaii is very different from that on the mainland….They serve it ALL THE TIME for EVERY MEAL and even in restaurants (from McDonalds and Burger King to fancy 4 star places!)
This is a very popular snack (you’ll see it even in 7-11 stores!)
Spam musubi is composed of a block of rice with a slice of Spam on top with dried seaweed surrounding it to keep it in shape and is served warm. (We were glad my friend Betsy suggested we look for it and give it a try. Of course Matt wouldn’t go near it, but the rest of us thought it was yummy!)
Hawaii has the highest consumption of Spam in the United States (16 tins per person, per year.)