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FOOD FOR REAL PEOPLE

Friday, June 20, 2014

BACK TO THE LOCAL GRINEZ 2

Locals and food go hand in hand, or should I say hand to mouth. Go to any a local's party at their house, and you'll bound to see a mega spread of different foods. Especially when the family has intermarriages of different nationalities. For instance, please see the following at your own discretion.

A family that is made up of 95% Japanese will more than likely have Japanese influenced foods such as, beef teriyaki, nishime (Nee she may) a braise of chicken with veggies and a sweet soy based sauce. Udon noodles, tonkatsu (breaded pork), somen salad, and pickled radish. 

If the family is 95% Hawaiian, you'll get kalua pork, pikikaula (smoked beef), squid luau (octopus braise) with taro leaves. Pork and Beef Lau Lau, fried Akule (mackerel), steamed Uhu (parrot fish), grilled or raw opihi (shell creatures), poke, and for dessert haupia or kulolo.

For the 95% Filipino families you'll get such a wide spread because the Filipinos are influenced by the Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and some European countries. For instance, you'll get a braised dish with pork, bay leaves, herbs and spices or (adobo), there will be pork and peas (pork guisante), hog blood stew or Dinuguan made with pork innards, bellies, shoulder and real hog's blood that makes the dish brown. Some call Dinuguan Chocolate Meat. Lots of fried dishes like fish with a fish sauce, stews of beef and chicken. The desserts are plentiful in a Filipino home, you'll get a wide variety of sweets generally made from a coconut based concoction. Bud Bud, Bibinka, Halohalo.

Chinese families will have pork charsiu, beef broccoli, lemon chicken, steamed fish with black bean sauce, kung pao chicken, mushu pork, sesame chicken, oyster chicken, lo mein noodles, chow mein, and desserts with sweet red beens in a mochi rice dough. And of course the finger foods like pot stickers, you won't go wrong if you are invited to a Chinese home. And there's more food than I just written down.

Korean families have sweet, salty, or spicy foods which I love to the max. Salads with tofu and veggies with a spicy with heat dressing, cold soups or hot soups. The staples like meat jun (a battered steak) almost like a teriyaki, kalbi barbecue short rib of beef, kimchi, kimchi pork, porridge, and many more items. Chap chae is a popular noodle dish with beef or different meats, some cooks make it really spicy, some salty but if invited take a journey into their food spread.

And of course, there is all the other races of people that makes Hawaii special. So just think, an Italian family that moves to Hawaii will have their home cooking to share, fresh pasta, pomodoro, tiramisu, mini zeppoles, zabaglione with berries.

Just imagine if you have a Japanese person, that marries a Hawaiian person, that food spread will take four five feet tables to display all that food…you get the picture right? Okay then. Take it easy.

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