Hawaii is the quintessential tropical island with pristine beaches, laid-back people and breath-taking natural beauty. But what about the cuisine of Hawaii, and what can we learn about the history of Hawaii and its people from the cuisine?
Today we will talk about the Spam Musubi, a humble product of a cross-cultural union that is unique to Hawaii and its history. It is made of fried Spam over a ball of rice and wrapped with nori seaweed. Spam became a main source of protein during World War II for many soldiers based in and around Honolulu, thus Spam became a main staple protein and enjoyed in many dishes down to this day. For more information, take a look at this blog by a native Hawaiian. The rice and nori seaweed part came from the many Japanese immigrants that have been influencing its cuisine since the late 1800. It is such a simple dish and much loved all throughout Hawaii and in the mainland US as well. You can even find them at the 7-11 throughout Hawaii!
In Hawaii, you can find so many different types of cuisine due to its people from all over the world. The cuisines have mixed so well, to make its own unique flavors they call “Hawaiian”.
For a little taste of Hawaii, you can try out Onomea in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or you can head to Hawaii and go into any local place!
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