Luaus are becoming an increasingly popular form of partying throughout the country. Although of Hawaiian origin, banquet halls the entire country over are being rented out with the express purpose of throwing a luau. Among the traditions and rituals associated with luaus are the litany of delicious Hawaiian foods that are served at such parties. Read on and discover just a few of the scrumptious, must try dishes that you are likely to find at a luau.
Poi mochi is a Japanese-American delight of a confection. Poi is a paste that is often times very sticky, which is constructed from taro, while mochi is a traditional Japanese sweetened rice cake. The two are combined after being slathered in a batter and deep fried. The end result is a dish that is as crunchy as it is sweet. Due to the presence of poi, it also has a decidedly unique texture.
Huli Huli Chicken
The term huli translates from the Hawaiian as "turn." This is due to the fact that, after this chicken is marinated in a specific, teriyaki-like sauce, it is then thrown on the grill and turned on its side halfway through cooking. The most special thing about huli huli chicken, however, is its unique sauce. Although similar to teriyaki sauce, it is a combination of easy to find Japanese and American ingredients – much like many Hawaiian delights. The sauce itself is constructed from a base of soy sauce, brown sugar, and ketchup, which gives it a taste that is somehow tangy, sweet, and densely flavored.
Although often served at birthday parties in Hawaii, you can also find this delicious cake served at luaus the year round. Although at first glance, it may look like a traditional chiffon cake, it actually makes use of guava fruit concentrate. Although guava was not a fruit that was endemic to Hawaii's flora, as it originally grew in South America, it was well integrated into the ecosystem due to the similar climates the two areas share. This dish is sweet and dense – much like a chiffon cake – but the added element of guava gives it a certain tartness that was not present before.
If you're interested in hosting a luau, consider calling on the services of a local banquet hall and a catering service like McHale's Events & Catering to can prepare and serve Hawaiian foods.