Embracing Hawaii’s Melting Pot: Filipino Dishes for Thanksgiving

November 12, 2018

Embracing Hawaii’s Melting Pot: Filipino Dishes for Thanksgiving

Hawai‘i is known as a melting pot. We embrace many other cultures alongside the Native Hawaiian culture. There is a lovely mix of ethnic groups who have brought their own traditions to Hawai‘i! We would like to bring light to the Filipino culture in Hawai‘i — so here are some popular Filipino dishes that can be served during Thanksgiving, and they are masarap (‘ono, delicious)!

One  of the most popular Filipino dishes enjoyed in Hawai‘i is lumpia, which is like a Filipino-style egg roll. They are often filled with vegetables or meat and wrapped in an egg-based shell then either fried or served fresh. Lumpia are often paired with a sweet and sour or peanut sauce — perfect for any holiday party! Another famous Filipino dish is adobo, it’s basically chicken or pork marinated in garlic, vinegar and soy sauce then served over white rice. It is the perfect simple dish that everyone in the family will enjoy. And if you have a sweet tooth, we’ve got you covered! Halo-halo is the ultimate treat composed of various ingredients including sweetened boiled beans, coconut juliennes, gelatin, preserved or fresh sweet fruits, tapioca topped off with shaved ice and evaporated milk or ice-cream! We hope you have a wonderful and flavorful Thanksgiving! Maligayang Araw ng Pabo! (Happy Turkey Day!)

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