If you’re looking to enjoy a casual, inexpensive, and satisfying Hawaiian-style meal, a plate lunch is just what you’re looking for. To provide some insight into these tasty meals and their origins, here’s a helpful guide.
Your Guide to a Plate Lunch
What Is a Plate Lunch?
Originating from Hawaii, a plate lunch is similar to Southern-style meals consisting of a meat with several sides. These lunches are inexpensive yet very filling, and they are often found at drive-ins, roadside stands, and off-the-beaten-path restaurants. A plate lunch will often include several different proteins and carbohydrates as well.
What Are Its Origins?
The traditional Hawaiian plate lunch originated in the 1880’s as a lunch for hungry plantation workers. What started as boxed lunches were later served on plates in the 1930’s, and became what we know today as plate lunches. Since then, these lunches became popular at drive-ins and restaurants across the Hawaiian islands.
How Is a Plate Lunch Served?
Plate lunches are typically served in containers with three sections for each of the different food items. They are typically made up of one to two scoops of rice, macaroni salad or tossed greens, and the main meat entrée, which is the protein source. Meat is typically shrimp (coconut, spicy, or garlic), teriyaki chicken, steak, or Kalua pig, a traditional Luau dish of slow-cooked pork shoulder.
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