History of Hawaiian Food Scene

A Brief History of Hawaii’s Food Scene

Hawaii has been a melting pot of different cultures since the old plantation days when workers were brought in from other countries like Japan, Korea, Portugal, Phillipines to name a few. When all of these foreign workers started settling into plantation housing like the photo above, some interesting things happened.

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The language that people spoke from their native countries and with the local people became intertwined and a plantation dialect was created out of necessity to communicate. Known today as Pidgin English, the language is broken English where you have some English words with some slang from other cultures thrown in. Words and phrases like “Da Kine” and “No Make Ladat” became common phrases that even to this day is spoken by children growing up in Hawaii. I remember learning how to speak proper English in school where Western education demanded it.

Another interesting blend was noticed in the food. With foods from the Phillipines, Japan, China, Korea, Portugal and native Hawaii becoming intertwined, the result was a very flavorful experiment that went oh so right.

Keeping with the old and the new, the owners of Hapa Hawaiian Grill are very proud to bring that eclectic mix of Hawaii’s best foods to their restaurant opening up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Foodie lovers will be treated to traditional savory dishes like lau lau, lomi salmon, chicken long rice and poi or rice every Friday know as Aloha Friday specials. Daily menu items of plate lunches served for lunch and dinner among many favorites are dishes like Kalua pig, Hawaiian BBQ chicken, Loco Moco, Beef Stew, Curry Stew, rice and potato macaroni salad that are to die for.

Traditional Hawaiian Plate

Traditional Hawaiian food you will find lau lau, chicken long rice, lomi salmon, poke, poi and sometimes a treat of pineapple or haupia, which is a coconut pudding. These are the common foods you will find on Hawaiian style luaus.

Modern Hawaiian Cuisine

After the introduction of cultures and foods to Hawaii’s plantations, dishes like Chicken katsu, BBQ chicken, Pork adobo and other savory proteins were introduced. The addition of rice and macaroni salad were put in as fillers for the plantation workers to give them energy in the fields.

Hapa Hawaiian Grill Bringing Hawaii’s Best to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and visitors to Pittsburgh can look forward to sampling the Best of Hawaii’s comfort foods starting on December 9th, 2017 which is the official Grand Opening date scheduled for the first Hawaiian restaurant in Pittsburgh to be open for business.  Diners will get to experience some of the different cultural dishes as specials.  Stay up to date on Facebook and Instagram by clicking the links and following.

As we know how things can change, all the ducks and pigs needs to be in a row to open for business in Pittsburgh, specifically getting all approvals from the city and the county health department that all restaurants have to go through to open for business.  Stay tuned here for updates and follow us on social media to get the latest updates and specials.

Mahalo Nui Loa and Hope to See You All at the Grand Opening.

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