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5 Must Eat Foods in Kauai, Hawaii

March 1, 2017

There is so much amazing food in Kauai! However, when you think of Hawaiian foods, you most likely think of pineapples, spam, or a luau pig roast. But trust me, there is so much more to try! Here I’ll show you some amazing dishes that are unique and super tasty. Let’s dive in!

 

5 Must Eat Foods in Kauai, Hawaii

 

1. Poke Bowl

 

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Poke is #1 on my list for good reason, it’s a staple Hawaiian dish. The cool part is it’s not only delicious, but also healthy. You might have heard of poke because it is picking up in popularity on the mainland. 

 

Poke is bite size raw fish (typically ahi tuna) that is seasoned and marinated. You could use a number of different flavorings including sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, onion, and chili sauce. It can be eaten on it’s own, but it’s typically served over rice to create a poke bowl.

 

Although there are tons amazing restaurants in Kauai for poke, hands down my favorite is The Dolphin Restaurant. They also have take out as well! 🙂

 

2. Loco Moco

 

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The loco moco is quite the unique dish, and super popular in Hawaii. There are many variations, but basically it consists of rice, topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg, and brown gravy.

 

What I love about it is that it perfectly represents Hawaii’s status as a melting pot between Asian and Western culture. Want a rice bowl but also a delicious hamburger? No problem,  let’s just put it all together! Bon appetite. 😉

 

3. Poi

 

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Poi is a grayish-purple pudding-like substance that is uniquely Hawaiian. It’s made from the root of the taro plant, which is similar to a potato. Poi is made by cooking, mashing, and fermenting the taro plant into a thick paste. Although the taro plant grows all over the world, only Hawaiians make poi.

 

And of all the Hawaiian islands, Kauai has the largest taro-producing farm. Poi typically tastes slightly sweet, but if left to ferment for more than a day, can have a sour taste. Locals eat poi on its own as a side dish, and actually brag about how sour they like their poi.

 

4. Puka Dog

 

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If you go to Kauai, you have to try a puka dog! Puka dogs are also known as the “Hawaiian hot dog”. They are made with a toasted Hawaiian sweet bread, and a Polish sausage. But the real kicker is in the toppings! The garlic lemon secret sauce is a must, and comes in a range of spiciness. Then you can choose a fruit topping; either mango, pineapple, papaya, coconut, banana, or star fruit!

 

If you’re not a fan of sausage, they also have a veggie dog option. This is what I chose and it was delicious!

 

5. Aloha Juice Bar

 

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The Aloha Juice Bar is my absolute favorite! Seriously, of everything mentioned, you have to go here. Located in Hanalei, the Aloha Juice Bar perfectly represents the healthy and organic culture of Kauai.

 

Everything on the menu will wet your appetite; açaí bowls with coconut flakes and bee pollen, turmeric ginger lemonades, starfruit and mango smoothies, macadamia nut milkshakes, and more! You really can’t go wrong, it’s all delicious. This is the perfect place for something nutritious and refreshing on those hot Hawaiian days.

 

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Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.

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