We love Pineapple !
The June Menu Special was inspired by our logo and the holiday celebrating it. June 1st is International Pineapple Day and we’re loving it.
We have recently catered a few events featuring this dish as part of a Traditional Hawaiian Luau Feast. It’s a perfect summer meal with the refreshing pineapple, the light Basmati Rice and the cool crisp Macaroni Salad.
The June Menu Special, Huli-Huli Chicken is one of those great “only-in-Hawaii” foods. You can still buy Huli-Huli-style chicken in the Islands, practically anywhere you see billows of great-smelling smoke emanating from a large roadside grill. It won’t be called Huli-Huli Chicken, but that’s pretty much what it is.
Grilled Huli Huli Chicken
History of the Dish
When Ernest Morgado cooked up a batch of teriyaki chicken for a group of farmers in 1955, little did he know that he would go on to be the “Huli-Huli Chicken” king of Hawai’i. Ernest Morgado has said he came up with the name “Huli-Huli” quite by accident.
Morgado barbecued mass quantities of chickens between two grills. When one side of the chicken halves was cooked, someone would shout, “huli,” Hawaiian for “turn.” Morgado liked the name “huli-huli” so much that he registered the trademark with the Territory of Hawai’i in 1958 and the federal government in 1965.
Many competitors have come and gone, but Huli-Huli chicken has withstood the test of time. In 1986, Morgado began selling the sauce in local stores.
What to add
For a Traditional Hawaiian Luau, we can do a whole roast pig
and for dessert – We have the recipe for Soft Pineapple Crumb Bars