A Hundred Years of Island Cooking Author:Hawaiian Electric Company What does "Island style" really mean? — In taste and texture,island cooking has borrowed from many diverse cultures, but principally from the Chinese, the Filipino, the Japanese, the Korean, the Polynesian and the Portuguese. — Our children grow up as familiar with char siu and wun tun as they are with sushi and teriyaki, with lavash and nachos. — ... more »Borrowing from other cultures is perfectly acceptable. African cooking has borrowed from the Malays, Sri Lankan cooking from the Dutch and Portuguese, the Thais and Vietnamese from the Chinese. The list is endless.
One major change has taken place in recent years, and that is the movement towards healthier cooking and dining. A reflection of this is the greater use of local fruits and vegetables in our food and the development of a style cooking which the master chefs now refer to as "Pacific Rim" cooking. The Pacific Rim style blends local ingredients with fine wines, herbs and spices to create a taste sensation that can be described as "subtle". This is certainly the cooking style of the future.« less