While we love drinking our Olala sodas alone, eating the right Hawaiian food with the right drink (Olala of course) elevates the entire dining experience.
With the essence of the culture and lifestyle of the Hawaiian islands infused in our drinks, we can’t help but appreciate the food that comes from the same exotic place. We think it goes without saying that not only do we love the island flavor in our drinks, but there are some Hawaiian dishes we can’t pass up either! Here are some of our favorite local kine grind that broke da mouth when paired with Olala sodas.
Call it Hawaiian comfort food, Loco Moco is so much more than meat and rice. At its heart, Loco Moco is meant to be simple food with simple ingredients. It starts with a bed of sticky white rice and is topped with a hamburger patty, brown gravy, and a sunny-side-up egg.
Created in the 1940s by some boys on a budget looking to satiate their appetite at a diner, Loco Moco has become a Hawaiian staple and tradition.
Before it became popular on Instagram, the rainbow bowls we know as “poke” go back far in history when ancient Hawaiians feasted on freshly caught fish massaged with sea salt, seaweed, and crushed inamona or kukui nuts.
As changes in taste evolved and Westerners traveled back to North America, poke invaded our restaurants and taste buds in masses.
Poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and refers to chunks of raw, marinated fish — usually tuna — which is then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and umami-packed sauces.
Making traditional kalua pork takes hours, but if you are patient and willing, you’ll be able to embrace tender, fall-apart pork in your mouth.
If you don’t know what spam exactly is, all you need to know is that it is delicious and iconic to a classic Hawaiian food; spam musabi. Based on musubi (A.K.A. onigiri), the Japanese snack of rice balls wrapped in seaweed and stuffed with powerfully flavored ingredients but instead of fish, it’s stuffed with a slab of grilled Spam.
Portable and easy to carry around, spam musabi became the ultimate on-the-go snack from being stocked in supermarkets, gas stations, 7-11s, and so much more.