Hawaii has many great foods, kalua pork, laulau, lomi lomi salmon. Whick makes it hard to say what the official food of Hawaii is. One tasty Hawaiian delicacy that has found its way around the world is poke, you can find poke on menus from New York to Sydney in many forms.
Poke is a dish that has evolved, much like Hawaii has, by taking elements from the different cultures that have imigrated to Hawaii. It was originally chopped fish with salt, the Japanese influence brought the soy sauce in to the the mix.
The great thing about poke is that it has so many variations and the different flavors of poke, can please many palates.
A favorite item in my catering business is a poke bar, where you take different “mix ins” and display them beautifully so your guests and make their own poke concoction.
I did this recently when I had @chefmaxient over during his visit back home to Hawaii.
Here is what I had on my Poke Bar. What would you add?
Premium grade ahi (you could also have salmon)
Tobiko (flying fish roe)
Inamona roasted kukui (candle)nuts
Mayonnaise mixed with sriracha sauce
Chop sticks and rice bowls for mixing
Inamona, roasted kukui (candle) nuts. Kukui was very important in ancient Hawaiian culture.
Spicy poke mix: ahi, white onion, sriracha mayonnaise, tobiko and black sesame. This is great wrapped in nori.