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Hawaiian Fun Food and Hawaiian Food Tours Luaus – How To Eat and Fall in LOVE With POI

Poi is da kine!

Yes I said it… and I am one of those people who is really in like with poi. Poi is a Hawaiian fun food. I like it with eggs and rice, ahi tuna, lomi lomi salmon, Hawaiian Lau Lau… Ohh yummy!

Hawaiian Poi is a purple root from the Taro plant that is pounded until it becomes paste like. It is one of the most nutritional forms of carbohydrate in the world. I have made poi in my food processor which is not very sacred but it does work.

You have to start out right when tasting poi for the first time. Yes the first time with anything is vital. You will choose yes or no.

I say yes!

Reckon of poi as kind of like yogurt, the unflavored kind, a bit sour. Poi when just made is kind of sweet but after a couple days it turns sour, which is the way I like it best. Most Tu Tu’s (grandmas) and Aunties (name for most Hawaiian women over 50 or so out of respect) like their poi real sour too.

You need to try poi first at a authentic Hawaiian luau or go on one of the states Hawaiian food tours. Kalua Pig or chicken just out of the ‘imu’ is the Hawaiian way. An imu is an underground oven of sorts, done with banana leaves and rocks that are hand picked with fantastic respect. Hawaiian fun food while different and entertaining also has many traditions of honor in Hawaiian history.

The feast will also include Lau Lau which is pork or chicken and a bit of salt pork wrapped up in a taro leaf which is covered then with banana leafs. It is either cooked in the imu or a pressure cooker or at least cooked for a very long time. Taro or lau lau leaves are the green leaves from the taro root. Taro leaves if not cooked for a very long time, at least 2 hours will give you what is called itchy throat, not exactly a Hawaiian fun food when it is not cooked long enough. I have had it before and while it is uncomfortable it is not the worst ever, yet avoid it, why ruin a excellent lau lau or Hawaiian food tour?

Lomi, lomi salmon and rice are both traditional Hawaiian foods served in this meal. Lomi lomi salmon is kind of like a tomato salsa.

OK.. so back to tasting. Take a bite of lomi lomi salmon and savor it. Next take a nice bite full of Lau Lau and rice, then end it off with a one or two finger helping of poi.

Reckon yogurt at first. Blend the different tastes of all of the above and try to see how they compliment one another. Poi is what brings this all together… really!

Aloha and mahalo nui.

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