1. Li Hing Mui anything, especially sour candy or fruit. The wiki I’ve linked to states that mui is the dried plum but lots of “li hing-ed” products here say “li hing mui” and then the candy/food/etc.
3. Shave Ice
4. Mangoes off the tree: a kid showed me how to eat the mango so that it doesn’t make a mess. First you roll it on the ground a bit until it softens up. Then you bite a small hole at the top and suck all the juice and pulp out of it. ‘Ono!
5. Mochi cracker: in and out of popcorn.
6. Top Ramen: (called saimin) dry from the package with or without the soup base. Cooked or “raw”, this stuff is not at all healthy (especially the soup base!) so I try not to keep it in the house.
7. Fried chicken with ketchup.
8. Rice candy
9. Nori: my kids will eat this right out of the package.
These are just the ones that I know about. Can you think of other Hawai’i-specific treats that Local kids love? Here’s a simple recipe that delivers the nostalgic kid-friendly flavor of Hawai’i. Enjoy!