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The Polynesian Cultural Center’s coconut shrimp with fresh ginger sauce

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Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Coconut Shrimp – it’s everywhere in Oahu. Restaurants, food trucks, even convenience stores. Yes, it’s THAT delicious! But the most sought after dishes are arguably the three food trucks next to the shrimp ponds just north of the country town of Kahuku. The debate rages on regarding which truck has the best recipe. You may just have to try them all and decide for yourself. But arrive early or you may wait up to an hour for your order. The Polynesian Cultural Center is no stranger to...
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Pani Popo – a Sticky, Gooey, Gotta...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Pani Popo, or coconut buns, comes from Samoa and is made from yeast bread and sweetened coconut milk. Many people find it tastes more like glazed donuts, and with basic adjustments, such as substituting grapeseed or coconut oil for the butter, you can make a delicious treat that is dairy-free, while using coconut flour will make it gluten free. This is a very easy-to-modify dish, no matter what the dietary restrictions.   There are many recipes out there, but we wanted to present you with...
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Turkey Tail – Forget the Rest, the...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Yes, you saw right. Turkey Tail. I’m telling ya, you’re going to love it!  I discovered this little delicacy back when I was a little gal oh so many years ago and from that day on, I would beg, borrow or cry a river of tears to be the one who got this part of the bird on Thanksgiving Day.   The turkey has a long, rich history not only in the States, but in such far-away places as Samoa.  I’m not talking about the whole turkey, mind you…..just the tail. It’s...
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Shoyu Chicken doesn’t get any easi...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Named after a local brand of soy sauce, this chicken dish is a favorite island plate, especially when you and your neighbors are having a luau (potluck) or you just need to please picky eaters. This version comes straight from the Food and Beverage Department of The Polynesian Cultural Center. It may be easy, but that’s part of the beauty of this simple little recipe. It literally fulfills the popular saying “winner, winner, chicken dinner!” And it’s versatile! A...
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Mango Otai: Nectar of the Gods!

  Island breezes, coconut trees, waves lapping on a sandy beach. This must be paradise, yes? But even paradise can get a bit warm, so a special part of any visit to our beautiful island home includes a refreshing drink known locally as Otai. One year ago we shared the traditional Watermelon Otai recipe. This year the Polynesian Cultural Center is excited to share its close relative, Mango Otai, which is both refreshing and delicious! It is a favorite on Oahu, and is sure to be a favorite of yours!       Ingredients   5 large fresh mangoes, grated...
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Palusami – an easy and flavorful s...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   One of the first truly Polynesian dishes served to me when arriving in La’ie was an amazing little dish Samoans call Palusami. The website Cooking Hawaii defines it as: “A traditional Samoan dish of wrapped bundles of taro leaves with a coconut and onion filling. Sometimes made with chicken, …fish [or corned beef] along with the coconut. Very similar to our Hawaiian lau lau.” This popular dish actually can be found in varying forms across Polynesia and Asia. Fiji versions may...