"Ono" Hawaiian Food … Part Two
In case you need to catch up from the last post about Hawaiian food, just go here.
Fish There are so many edible fish in Hawaiian waters it would be impossible to list them all in this post. Besides, you will only find a few, out of all the fish, on menus intended for visitors. Unfortunate, too, because many of the less well known fish … to visitors … are very tasty.
Here’s a list of the better known fish … and a few not so well known.
`ahi (ah’ hee) This is a very well known fish, often served as Japanese-style raw thinly sliced "sashimi", or as Hawaiian-style “poke” (po keh … chunked, marinated raw fish). This fish is also incredibly delicious, filleted and grilled.
aku (ah koo) Very similiar to ‘ahi but stronger tasting. Aku was very well known to the ancient Hawaiians.
- ono OK, this is the ‘ono ono I spoke of earlier (in case you didn’t read the previous post; ‘ono also means “delicious). Thus, ‘ono ono. This fish is tasty grilled or baked, and appears on just about every menu where local fish are featured.
- `ôpakapaka (OH’ pah kah pah kah) This fish is just an all around favorite, and can be prepared baked, fried, broiled, or as "sashimi."
- mahimahi Appears on menus all over the world with its Hawaiian name intact. Maybe because it’s just fun to say …mah’ hee mah’ hee. Say that a few times and you’ll never forget it.
- ulua (oo loo ah) Super game fish, and extremely good eating, to boot. You won’t find this on all menu, but ask for it anyway.
- Here are some favorites you might find in local markets and restaurants: `û`û (menpachi), `ôpelu, akule, a`u, `ula `ula (onaga). All of these are excellent eating fish.
Ah, well it’s time for News Flash and Fun Facts About Hawaii.
News Flash: Help the folks in Samoa
Fun Facts About Hawaii: What’s one of the top places in the world to locate a telescope? Right on top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii, that’s where. There are 13 scopes up there right now.
Next Post: All about volcanoes.
a hui hou