Hawaii is a wonderful ethnic blend of many cultures. Over the past few decades, a unique style of cooking called "Pacific Rim" cuisine has developed. It takes the best from Asia, America and Europe, blending ingredients in exciting new ways. If you're looking for very innovative (and often high-end) cuisine, you won't be disappointed.

At the other end of the scale, there's Spam. More Spam is eaten in Hawaii than in any other state. One of the most popular preparations is the Spam musubi. Two pieces of spam are fried. Sticky white rice are placed between them (imagine a sandwich with spam as the bread and rice as the filling). The resulting sandwich is wrapped in a small piece of nori (seaweed). My description doesn't do it justice. It's pretty yummy.

Another island institution is the Plate Lunch. The plate lunch consists of two scoops of rice, one scoop of macaroni salad, and a meat-item such as Beef Stew, Hamburger Steak, Chicken Kastu (fried), or Grilled Ahi. Originally these foods were served from lunch wagons. Now you can find them everywhere.

Here are some great recipes compiled by Art Pollard (pollarda@hawaii.edu). More information can be found at http://www.hawaii.edu/recipes/.
Chili and Rice
Chop Chae
Korean Style Beef Cubes
Korean Bulgogi
Easy Lumpia with Dipping Sauce
Steamed Beef Hash
Teriyaki Meat balls

Mango Bread
Portuguese Sweet Bread
Zucchini Bread

Basic Adobo
Chicken Breast Hawaiian
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Ginger Chicken
Huli Huli Chicken
Lemon Chicken
Chicken Long Rice
Chicken or Squid Luau
Mun Doo
Spicy Chicken Wings
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Torikatsu (Chicken cutlets w/ Hot Sauce)

Almond Float
Banana Guava Pie
Banana Pie
Bibingka (Coconut Rice Dessert)
Butter Mochi (1)
Butter Mochi (2)
Carmel Cuts
Carrot Pineapple Cake
Chinese Almond Cookies
Chocolate Coated Bananas (microwave oven)
Chocalate Mochi
Coconut Mochi (Chichi Dango)
Coconut Rice Dessert (Mochi - Bibinka)
Coconut Cup Cake with Guava Frosting
Guava Cake
Guave Frosting
Haupia Cake
Macadamia Nut Cream Pie
Malasadas (A Punahou Recipe)
Mango Bread
Okinawan Donuts
Banana-Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Kim Chee (1)
Kim Chee (2)
Kim Chee (3)
Kim Chee (4)
Kim Chee (5)
Kim Chee (6)
Kim Chee (7)
Kim Chee (8)
Kim Chee (9)
Kim Chee (10)
Kim Chee (11)
Ed's Kim Chee
Myong's Kim Chee
Turnip Kim Chee

Pan Sushi
Spam Musubi
Sweet and Sour Sauce over Rice
Teppo Zushi

Gon Lo Mein
Family Style Pansit (Noodles with Pork and Shrimp)
Vegetable Fettucine

Achiote Fat
Oven Kalua Pork
Konbu Maki (Seaweed Wrapped Pork Rolls)
Laulau (2)
Pork Tofu
Portuguese Bean Soup
Portuguese Sausage
Vinha D'alhos

African Fruit Slush
Kahaluu Punch
Mele Kalikimaka Punch
Pali Punch

Khal Bi
Pupu-style Spareribs
Sweet Sour Spareribs

Almond Velvet
Kamaboko Salad
Papaya Seed Dressing
Cold Somen Salad

Baked Fish
Dungeness Crab
Shrimp Canton

Char Siu Bao
Char Siu Fill
Chinese Pretzel
Clam Dip
Crab Spread
Cream Cheese-chutney Spread
Jin Dui
Kim Chee Dip
Lomi-salmon Pupus
Lomi-lomi Salmon
Lomi Salmon
Easy Lumpia with Dipping Sauce
Mango Chutney
Mock Crab Poke
Poke Aku (Hawaiian Raw Fish)
Salmon Party Log
Siu Mai
Stuffed Lychee

Ginger Carrots
Pickled Onions
Pickled Vegetables

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