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Hale Pai
Pacific American-News Journal

`Aukake - August 1996 Volume 2 Issue 8

 Hawaiian Food

by Kim, grade 7

Moanalua Intermediate, Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands are often called the “melting Pot” of the Pacific because their population is made up of different cultures and foods. Some of the cultures are Polynesian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, and Korean. Ancestors of these people were brought to Hawaii in the middle of the eighteen hundreds to work in the sugar cane fields. They not only brought their cultures and traditions, but they brought foods from their home lands.

You may think that “chop suey” is the Chinese meal of left over vegetables, meat, and noodles, but in Hawaii, “chop suey” or “mixed plate” is a typical Hawaiian meal. It is not uncommon to go to a restaurant and order a “Hawaiian plate” consisting of a Hawaiian Laulau, Japanese rice, American macaroni salad, Chinese noodles, and a side order of Korean kim chee.

One of my favorite plate lunches would be shoyu chicken. A plate lunch is simply a full meal that gives you a satisfying taste of your basic food groups for a reasonable price. For example, a shoyu chicken plate lunch consists of Japanese rice, Korean shoyu chicken, Chinese noodles, and American macaroni salad.

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