Hawaiian Cuisine: The 10 Best Local Foods You Have to Try in Hawaii [Infographic]
One of the most recognizable culturally-influenced cuisines around the world is the Hawaiian cuisine—a diverse and interesting potpourri of mouthwatering foods borne out of complex flavors, techniques, and presentation.
It serves as a multicultural melting pot of the Polynesian islands’ many delicacies, marrying different cultures in every dish and specialty from the islands.
Hawaiian cuisine is so remarkable that, when mentioned, it not only conjures up the familiar taste and smell of the many dishes associated with the cuisine, but also the “requisite” atmosphere—that of people wearing tropical attire, with ethnic music playing in the background, and the spread widely called the “Hawaiian luau.”
Hawaiian cuisine has inspired not only a culinary movement, but also a reinvention of some dishes first associated with other cuisines, such as the existence of Hawaiian pizza and poke bowl variations.
The true beauty and distinction of the Hawaiian cuisine, however, is the fact that it retains its own classicism and signature characteristics despite the varied-flavored array of dishes, hundreds of food options, and later integration of dishes from other types of cultural cuisines.
Here are some of the most popular and celebrated dishes you should definitely try when visiting Hawaii and are looking to taste something truly authentic, especially when you’re in Waikiki:
- Lau Lau
- Kalua Pig
- Squid Luau
- Lomi Salmon
- Chicken Long Rice
- HuliHuli Chicken
- Tropical Fruits (like pineapples and lilikoi)
Learn more about these wonderfully-sumptuous Hawaiian dishes and why should not miss the chance to try them during your Hawaiian vacation with this infographic by Go Hawaii Tours.