Food in Hawaii is influenced by the many different nations that make Hawaii their home, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, one thing which comes to mind is a traditional Hawaiian luau ( Pronounced LUU OW ) where they serve a whole baked/steamed pig.
Laulau ( pronounced L AH OW L AH OW ) tea leaves wrapped around spinach leaves which are
wrapped around big pieces of pork,beef,chicken,butterfish and it is steamed, and served with POI, lomi lomi salmon and other Hawaiian side dishes.
POI ( pronounced P OIE ) which is made from a Taro plant ( like Tara just with an O at the end ) that is a native plant to Hawaii and is grown in standing water. Of course this is just something from Hawaii’s history and its cultural background
Many things are served raw ( HUH!?) yes you heard right raw, relax folks this means seafood, fish -raw cut into cubes is called POKI ( pronounced POH KEY ) raw fish cut into longer thin strips is called sashimi Japanese word ( pronounced SAH SHE ME ), octopus, crabs, shrimp are eaten raw, sushi is highly popular it combines both raw and cooked fish and seafood
Lomi Lomi salmon ( pronounced LOW ME LOW ME ) fish, fresh tomatoes chopped fine,maui onions,green onions, (Lomi Lomi in Hawaiian means to massage) yes I know salmon is not a native fish to Hawaii but it is much easier to buy canned salmon to make this dish than it is to go out and catch some similar fish around the islands.
White rice is a staple in Hawaii and mostly all pacific islands, macaroni salad ? say what? Yes they like to serve that as a side dish with many local foods. Bread is not commonly eaten like it is in the mainland USA.
( WOW there is soooo many great foods to write about ) is very diverse and something that must be tried to really appreciate it, one cannot get the same thing in 99.9% of the planet.
Let’s start off by talking about bread yes bread here is out of this world! one could only dream about eating such beautiful bread that they are selling here in Serbia. It costs less than bread in Hawaii and is much healthier, all the chemicals and additives that make sliced bread in Hawaii taste so nice and keep for almost a week is not used in the bread industry here.
Sarma (cabbage roll) pronounced S AR MAH think of it as something similar to pig in a blanket) is a national dish here and comes in different wrappings and different fillings. Its is slow cooked in a large pot , and can be served with a sourmilk type of condiment which would most commonly be zelene sarma ( Pronounced Z EH LENNY S ARH MAH ) and trust me after you eat this dish you will never forget it.
Beans are very very popular here, I love beans since I grew up eating them ( better than liver YUK!) called PASULJ (pronounced PASS SOOL ) common variety are white kidney beans along with pinto type beans, yellow string beans and peas.
Pasulj is made here in two basic ways, fasting period ( Posno) without meat and non fast (Mrsno) with meat, one version of fasting is made with just water and spices before holy communion and when it is called for according to the church calendar. It can also be prepared with oil and still be fasting period food.
Pork-Pecenje ( pronounced PEH CHEN YAY) is the whole pig roasted over charcoal chopped up and served warm and cold, with Lepinje type of flatbread ( pronounced LEH PEEN YAY ) chopped onions,cabbage salad with tomatoes, hot peppers.
There are too many to go into here, but it is something that has to be tried but I advise caution when eating Serbian food. You may just become a junkie for it, because it can be a life
Serbian people are very serious about their national foods, they even wrote songs about Sarma, Pecenje,Pasulj.
That in itself is something special that you cannot just dismiss as run of the mill, which is what you can get with many types of foods around the world.