Hawaiian Cuisine has become increasingly popular over the last few years. With influencers dating back to the 19th Century such as China, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Portugal, Hawaiian Cuisine is appealing to a wide variety of tastes.

When Immigrant workers arrived in Hawaii, they introduced a new world of exotic ingredients that would over time be essential in order to create this unique concept

Puerto Rican immigration began in 1900, contributing spicy, Spanish-seasoned thick soups, casseroles, pasteles, and meat turnovers. After the Vietnam War ended in 1975 immigrants from Southeast Asia arrived, bringing lemongrass, fish sauce and galangal popular in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.

Korean immigration brought kimchi and barbecue pits to cook marinated meats also Korean style bulgogi or boneless meat with moderately-sweet garlic sauce.

Late 19th century, the Portuguese came to Hawaii from the Azores introducing their foods with an emphasis on pork, tomatoes and chili peppers, and built forno, their traditional beehive oven, to make Pão Doce, the Portuguese sweet bread and malasada. Whalers brought in salted fish, which ultimately became lomi-lomi salmon.

Japan introduced stir fry, sweet and sour, and dim sum dishes in the islands replacing poi with rice and adding their own herbs and spices. Bento and sashimi, frying, steaming, broiling, and simmering that lead to the popularization of tempura and noodle soups in Hawaii.

All of these influencers helped create this harmonious cuisine that is now trending in the UK. There are new, exciting restaurants now opening that are serving this mouth-watering summer must try.

Bring sunshine to your life – Try Hawaiian

Micaela Ishaq