Pacific American-News Journal
`Aukake - August 1996 Volume 2 Issue 8
by Kim, grade 7
Moanalua Intermediate, Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands are often called the melting
Pot of the Pacific because their population is made up of
different cultures and foods. Some of the cultures are
Polynesian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, and Korean.
Ancestors of these people were brought to Hawaii in the middle of
the eighteen hundreds to work in the sugar cane fields. They not
only brought their cultures and traditions, but they brought
foods from their home lands.
You may think that chop suey is the Chinese meal
of left over vegetables, meat, and noodles, but in Hawaii,
chop suey or mixed plate is a typical
Hawaiian meal. It is not uncommon to go to a restaurant and order
a Hawaiian plate consisting of a Hawaiian Laulau,
Japanese rice, American macaroni salad, Chinese noodles, and a
side order of Korean kim chee.
One of my favorite plate lunches would be shoyu chicken. A
plate lunch is simply a full meal that gives you a satisfying
taste of your basic food groups for a reasonable price. For
example, a shoyu chicken plate lunch consists of Japanese rice,
Korean shoyu chicken, Chinese noodles, and American macaroni
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