The Hungry Guide To Hawaii Recipes

Amy eating a forkful of laulau from the side of the road.

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There are so many variations of delicious Hawaii recipes out there so I decided to create a hungry guide to help you keep track of them all. I’m on a mission to document my family’s recipes – some are local dishes, some are not, but I grew up on all of them here in Hawaii and I want to continue cooking and eating them in the future.

In this guide, you’ll find local Hawaii recipes in addition to Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian (my brother’s forte), BBQ, and “chop suey” (aka a little bit of everything here in Hawaii). I’ll even include my solar cooker recipes here because using the sun to cook food in Hawaii’s hot weather is just so cool!

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Local Hawaii recipes

It’s really hard to say what’s a local Hawaii recipe because Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures and food. What’s local for my Japanese/Chinese family might not be local for my Hawaiian neighbors and vice versa. So I’ve decided to narrow this list down to dishes that I think most local residents would know and eat at a party or restaurant.

  • Beef Broccoli Stir Fry: Because it’s a popular favorite at Panda Express
  • Chicken Katsu Don: AKA oyako donburi. You’d find this at almost any Japanese restaurant serving set meals.
  • Somen Noodles: If Zippy’s has it, it’s local.
  • Japchae: A Korean side dish offered at any Korean plate lunch restaurant.
  • Fried Saimin With Chicken: Saimin anything is local, isn’t it?
  • Pickled Green Mango: Every summer is green mango season in Hawaii.

My favorite recipes

My favorite recipes that I grew up on and still love to eat.

  • Korean Chicken
  • Green Onion Pie
  • Salt And Pepper Shrimp
  • Fried Chicken With Local $5 Whole Chicken
  • Pork And Green Cabbage Baozi
  • Pork And Squash Jiaozi (Dumplings)

Sugar-free Hawaii recipes

Ever since our family discovered Dr. Jason Fung and intermittent fasting, our family has made a huge effort to eliminate sugar as much as possible from our diet. This isn’t always possible because you sometimes need at least a little bit of sugar to complement the flavors, but we’ve pushed the boundary of “how much sugar can we take out” and substituted Truvia or other sweeteners when necessary. Here’s a list of sugar-free recipes:

  • Sugar-Free Sushi Rice And How Mom Learned To Make It
  • Sugar-Free Namasu
  • Banana Lumpia (Sugar-Free)
  • Sugar-Free Mochiko Chicken

Solar cooking in Hawaii recipes

I’ve been getting interested with the idea of using the sun to cook. With a basic setup of a black pot, 2 glass bowls, and some mirrors, you can set up a solar cooker that can boil eggs, heat up left overs, and cook soups and stews in just one sunny day. So far, I’ve tried:

  • How I Built My Basic Solar Cooker Setup
  • Solar Cooker: “Hard-Boiled” Eggs Without Water
  • Solar-Roasted Russet Potatoes Are So Delicious And Easy To Make
  • Solar Cooking Clam Chowder With Portugese Sausage
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