Huli means "turn" in Hawaiian and it's name came from bystanders yelling "huli!" every time the chicken would turn over on the spit. The chicken is basted with a sweet sauce that is similar to teriyaki but with lots of pineapple juice in it.
Growing up and only being knee high to the bakery display at Zippy's, I only knew haupia cake to also be topped with my favorite coconut pudding.Haupia (how-pee-ah), is a thick coconut pudding that is usually served as squares at the end of a luau buffet line, a perfect little sweet coconut bite to finish a heavy meal is perfect.The most modern interpretation of haupia is haupia cake, where it is used as a filling, in a white cake topped with whip cream icing.
Butter mochi is a traditional Hawaiian treat, it is made with a high glutenous rice flour called Mochiko Flour. Like most Hawaiian food Butter Mochi is a fusion of different cultures who most likely met on in a plantation village. My guess on how butter mochi has come to be is that it is a hybrid of Japanese Mochi and Filipino Bibingka.
When I was 7, my dad forced me to quit gymnastics which I LOVED. I even did so well that there was talk about me trying out for the competitive team; I'm not still bitter or anything. Now that I'm a parent, I'm thinking they were just trying to get more money out of my … Continue reading Asparagus Glass Noodles
Filipino food may not be as big or sought after as other Asian foods, but even if you don't know a thing about it I'm pretty sure you have heard of Lumpia. Maybe you've had it but didn't know what it was or that it was filipino. When I was six years old, I moved … Continue reading Pork Lumpia
The thing that I love about filipino food is that it's hard to nail down exactly what that is because so many other countries have introduced their own foods to the Philippines and we've made it our own. Every family has their own version of every filipino dish and this is no exception. These are our Banana Lumpia or Turon.
Every culture has their weird snacks and Hawaii is no different. The islands really are a melting pot of cultures, Theres 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. … Continue reading Furikake Popcorn
There is no Pineapple but there is the the trifecta of the island's favorite meats.
Authentic Hawaiian in under 30 minutes, with leftovers! This dish was brought to Hawaii from Chinese immigrants who introduced Hawaii to Cellophane Noodles (Glass noodles, bean thread noodles, or Chinese vermicelli).
If you have ever been to Hawaii you have probably come across arguably what is Hawaii's best cake, Guava Chiffon Cake. It's the perfect dessert to follow Zippy's chili, fried chicken, mac salad and, rice!! Or like me, a great breakfast the next morning after Zippy's because I was too full for dessert. My dad was born … Continue reading Guava Cake