One of the most popular vacation spots, Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches and its amazing vistas. There are nineteen separate volcanic islands that are attached to the name, and each one has its own perks. The most popular island is called Hawaii, much like the state is, but goes by “The Big Island” in order to avoid confusion. It is home of some of the major resorts and is also home to the most active volcano in the world. Oahu and Maui are the next most popular islands. Waikiki beach is on the island of Oahu and is one of the most popular beaches in the world. Maui is home to a tall crater named Haleakala.
The cuisine of Hawaii is hard to define. It is a mixture of foods that were brought by the many different types of immigrants that settled on the islands. The dishes created make the best use of the flora and fauna on the island, as well as the animals that were imported there. Local ingredients include things like yams, coconuts, mussels, fish, seaweed, bananas, breadfruit and taro. A number of ingredients are regularly imported onto the islands such as soy sauce, Spam, tofu, wasabi, melons and fish sauce.
A plate lunch is often the first things that tourists find when they begin to eat in the islands. This is a lunch that generally consists of a few scoops of rice, a macaroni salad that is made very simply with just macaroni and mayonnaise, and a choice of toppings. Some of the toppings include gravy, hamburger and a fried egg. The dish is served in the majority of restaurants, especially those on the Big Island.
One dish that has made it to the mainland of the United States is poke. Poke is a fish salad that is created by slicking up one-inch cubes of a number of vegetables, seaweed and fish. It is served as an appetizer. This dish is often purchased, even by the locals, at a supermarket or a fish hut. Most stores have a variety of different types of poke to choose from.
Mahi-mahi is a food that most tourists try before they leave the island. The Mahi-mahi is a fish that is also called the “dolphin fish”. This fish has a sweet taste and is similar to a swordfish. It is enjoyed by many different cultures because it is both kosher, for Jewish people, as well as halal, for Muslims. This is because it has scales as well as fins through its entire life.
Loco moco is another popular Hawaiian dish. It begins with white rice which is then covered with a hamburger patty. A fried egg goes on top of the hamburger and gravy gets poured over the entire thing. This dish became popular when the American soldiers were stationed on the islands. So popular, in fact, that many of them brought the recipe home with them. It is now served in a number of establishments in the United States.