I grew up on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. Best childhood ever. Some foods I enjoyed as a child in Hawaii that normal kids don’t eat…
- Musubi. Ahh, spam, a basic food group in Hawaii. They sold musubi in front of the gym every morning in middle school. My husband, who has never been to Hawaii, doesn’t appreciate spam. However, Kaye loves it. That’s my girl.
- Shaved ice. Not just any shaved ice, but Matsumoto shaved ice. With the red beans (yes, red beans, but it’s not what you think) and the bright colored flavorings. You haven’t been to Hawaii until you tried Matsumoto shaved ice.
- Li hing mui. Wiki describes it as salty dried plum. Usually comes in the form of powder and added to just about anything. My childhood favorite would be gummy bears.
- Pani po po. Samoan coconut rolls. Coconut milk, sugar, and rolls. What’s not to love about it?
- Saimin. Or what mainlanders call Ramen noodles. But we didn’t cook it. We broke it up into little pieces and sprinkled the flavoring packet to it raw. Shook it up and ate it.
Here’s an idea. Introduce your children to childhood in Hawaii by making some of these.