You may have seen the phrase Hawaii regional cuisine, but have wondered what is it? Award-winning chef Alan Wong is one of several Hawaii restauranteurs credited with creating the concept of Hawaii regional cuisine. Here is his definition:
“A Contemporary style of cooking in Hawaii today that borrows from all the ethnic influences you find in Hawaii.” – Alan Wong
Those “ethnic influences” include Polynesian, Chinese, Japanese, Pilipino and Portuguese. Hawaii regional cuisine blends those cooking flavors and styles with local ingredients. What a delicious combination!
Here’s a video with a nice explanation of Hawaii regional cuisine:
We keep lists of our favorite Hawaii restaurants and resources for visitors to find even more restaurants for their vacations. All of our recommendations put an emphasis on restaurants that serve Hawaii regional cuisine. Here’s a list of our island-specific restaurant guides:
- Kauai restaurants for visitors
- Oahu restaurants for visitors
- Maui restaurants for visitors
- Hawaii (Big) Island restaurants for visitors
Have you tried Hawaii regional cuisine?