Luau Foods to Expect
Luaus are excellent. They not only provide great food and drinks but there is also an entertaining show that follows. If you have never been to a luau then you might not know what to expect. Generally, you should arrive hungry because there is a lot of food, desserts, drinks and then you can settle down and watch an enjoyable show.
There are so many different foods at a luau that it might help to have a list and a description of some so you know what to expect when you arrive. You don’t want to skip over something absolutely delicious simply because you don’t know what it is!
Most luaus involve a pig cooked in the ground that is absolutely scrumptious. This is called Kalua pig and it is cooked in an imu, which simply means an oven that is underground. The meat is shredded once it is done and seasoned with sea salt. There are also chicken luaus. The chicken is cooked in taro leaves and coconut milk. This gives it a very special flavor that you are sure to enjoy and remember for years to come.
Haupia is a custard made from coconut milk. It is good and definitely worth a try. However, don’t overdo it because it could cause you some gastrointestinal discomfort afterwards! Anything in moderation is ok!
Hawaiian sweet potatoes are like sweet potatoes on the mainland except they are not as sweet and they are purple on the inside. This might come as a shock to you, however the texture is very much the same and the taste is very good.
Lomi salmon is an interesting salad that is made from tomatoes, onions, and salted raw salmon. If you are not into raw food then you don’t want to try this salad. If you like sushi then this might be a good salad to try.
Poi is a paste made from steamed taro root. The poi generally takes on the same flavor of any other food that is mixed with it although some folks just don’t like it.
Pipi Kaula is beef jerky, just Hawaiian style! Many tourists and locals enjoy this.
There are obviously many other foods on Kauai, but these are some of the traditional foods you will find at a luau. Try everything at least once and if you don’t like it then it’s no big deal. However, don’t decide you don’t want to try something just because it is new or you don’t know what it is.