Every culture has its weird snacks and Hawaii is no different. The islands really are a melting pot of cultures, There’s a huge population of both Japanese and Filipino, as well as a mix of other Micronesian cultures and Chinese. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the snacks would also be a melting pot too. Snacks range from sweet and sour, salty and savory, to fish jerky. It was always interesting going to the movies with my dad. He’d grab the weirdest snacks. Usually, a combo of nori wrapped sesame sticks, shrimp chips, and dried squid, which always grossed my mom and me out.
To me, the base flavor of Hawaiian snacks was either Li Hing Mui, which is a dried plum powder that is put on things like dried or fresh fruit, to Slurpees or even sour patch kids! The other is Furikake, which is a seasoning that has dried fish, sesame seeds, sugar, salt and a lot of Nori, usually, it’s sprinkled on rice but I use it on a lot more than just that, like popcorn! The perfect road trip food snack. But to kick it up a notch, I started adding some of my other favorite flavors like wasabi peas, sesame sticks, and green bean crisps. It tickles three of your five taste buds then adds a kick of heat with the wasabi peas. it really covers all my snacking needs.
- 1 cup unpopped Popcorn, white
- 1 cup Wasabi Peas
- 1 cup Sesame Sticks
- 2 cups Crisp Bean Snacks
- 2 tablespoon Butter
- 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
- 1/4 cup Furikake
- Salt to Taste
- Pop Popcorn, I use the brown bag method where I put the kernels in a brown lunch bag and microwave it until the popping starts to slow.
- In a small bowl add butter and sesame oil and microwave until the butter is melted.
- Add everything but the butter, salt, and Furikake to a Large mixing bowl.
- Slowly drizzle the butter mixture a little at a time to the popcorn and sprinkle the furikake a little at a time mixing and coating everything as evenly as you can, add salt to taste.
Additional awesome add-ins:
Nori wrapped rice cakes