Tag Archives: crab

Crabs and pineapple – which one is Hawaiian?

Although crab, mushrooms, mango and pineapple all have tropical associations….

the abundance of Hawaii, at Sam Choy Kai Lanai, Kona, Hi
the abundance of Hawaii, at Sam Choy Kai Lanai, Kona, Hi

only crabs and mushrooms are native to Hawaii.

Hamakua Mushrooms, Laupahoehoe, Hi
Hamakua Mushrooms, Laupahoehoe, Hi

Pineapple and mangoes, ubiquitous symbols of tropical islands, are 19th century immigrants to Hawaii.

mangos
mangoes

During the past 200 years Hawaii has become an archipelago of diverse cultural influences. All transitions create controversy, but, fortunately, they rarely involve food.

In my recipe, classic crab cakes, made with wild caught Maryland blue crab, are grilled over hardwood charcoal for an island flavor.

Hawaii as a grilled crab cake with oyster mushrooms and mango pineapple salsa

grilled crab cake with oyster mushrooms and mango pineapple salsa
grilled crab cake with oyster mushrooms and mango pineapple salsa

 

You can read all my articles on Examiner.com at:

Culinary Travel Examiner

 International Dining Examiner

International Travel Examiner

Philadelphia Fine Dining Examiner

and

 Food & Recipes Examiner