Hawaiian pupu
Hawaiian pupu

11 Hawaiian pupu or appetizers that will make you want to try them all now

Food is such a big component of Hawaii dining and the start with Hawaiian pupus or appetizers sets it off so nicely with little bites that you’ll love to try. Representing a whole array of Hawaiian, early settlers to international appetizers that have quickly become part of the food vernacular, you’ll never lack for anything salty, savory, sweet or tangy with all these delicious bites. Check out all these fantastic Hawaiian pupu dishes for you to discover and enjoy when you are visiting the islands and looking for some yummy starts to your meals.

Hawaiian pupu or appetizers that will make you want to try them all now

Try these delicious pupu appetizers for Pau Hana (end of day) in Hawaii

Poke

Poke

The ever-popular poke is known all over the world for raw fish chunks prepared in a variety of styles and ingredients with flavorings that cover the gamut from Asian inspired, spicy, mayo and creamy with a different condiments like seaweed, sesame seed, wasabi root, tobiko and other toppings. Poke in Hawaii is typically ready made to go from a variety of small mom and pop shops, grocery deli counters to some delicious cafes and even fine dining establishments.

Boiled Peanuts

Boiled Peanuts

A classic Hawaiian snack with Chinese and Asian roots that has become mainstream and a popular snack food on the islands, boiled peanuts are as simple and easy to make or buy here. Easy to make soaking the raw peanuts whole and then boiling with Hawaiian salt and serving it hot or at room temperature with your favorite beverage.

Filipino Lumpia

Filipino Lumpia

A delicious fried lumpia is always popular at a potluck or family gathering and everyone craves the hot fried goodness filled typically with pork, shrimp, veggies and rice noodles. Sauces can vary from Banana ketchup, vinegar and pepper to sweeter chili oil versions that go well with this fried snack.

Sashimi

Sashimi

Just like poke, sashimi or raw fish is always popular in any gathering with delicious sashimi grade (the best fish cuts) you can find at a fish monger, store or specialty shop. Sashimi served Japanese style with simple soyu or soy sauce, wasabi and ginger slices and typically with disposable chopsticks. It’s the perfect snack to bring along on the beach, party or even a solo takeout food for yourself.

Edamame

Edamame

Easy to eat and finish quicky soy beans stir fried or boiled and served in a simple sweet and sour sauce or soy sauce with vinegar and chili is popular and delicious. The pan friend version with fresh garlic and sea salt is another take that everyone loves to eat and quickly demolish a plateful in just a few seconds.

Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi

The popular and cheap take-out food you’ll find everywhere from farmers markets, convenience stores to grocery take out counters is Spam Musubi. This is typically sticky rice with Spam and wrapped with a layer of seaweed and sprinkled with furikake or some sesame seed and some soyu and this is a fast and satisfying snack to eat any time in the day.

Kalua Pork Sliders

Kalua Pork Sliders

Kalua pork is a standard meat served at any establishment and typically a main entrée but for pupu, sliders are the absolute hearty version of an appetizer snack that can definitely tie you over in between meals or even for a nice lunch plate if you have more than a few sliders at a time.

Spam Musubi

Manapua

A take off from Chinese pork buns, the Hawaiian version or manapua is typically larger with a variety of fillings from beef, pork, chicken in a savory type sauce and steamed bun that is delicious to eat when it is served nice and hot.

Japanese Taro

Tako

The Japanese version of octopus can be eaten raw and sashimi style or fresh grilled and moist on the inside. Take can also be done in a variety or ways and even served poke style depending on the taste and preparation for this delicious pupu snack.

Taro Chips

Taro Chips

A local version of potato chip but using taro as the root and sliced and fried to a crispy texture. Air fried versions offer a more healthy and oil less version that makes this a healthy snack to eat.

Arare Crackers

Arare Crackers

Arare Japanese crackers come in a variety of sweet, savory to spicy variations that are delicious and tasty as a snack or pupu dish especially when you get a mix of Japanese arare mixed in with nuts and even dried fruit. It’s a great pupu dish to have that doesn’t need any additional prep time to open a package and dump into a bowl and serve.

Conclusion to Hawaiian Pupus

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