Why Spam?  For reals?

Why Spam? For reals?

We all know about Hawaii's love addiction to SPAM.  If you don't, now you do-  Hawaii buys and eats more spam than any other state in the country!  According to SPAM, they sell over 7 million cans a year to Hawaii alone!  The love for SPAM(that is now tied into their culture) started in WWII when G.I.'s would pack that can in their back pack and not worry about refrigeration and the long shelf life din't hurt either.  It's like a dark little secret if you actually like it.  Normally, when you mention SPAM, you can prepare yourself for a wrinkled nose followed by an annoying "eeeewwwwwww".  Why is that?  Go ahead and try-  tell some people at work that you love SPAM and watch the reaction.  After eating SO MUCH SPAM the G.I.'s came back and never wanted to see the salty canned meat ever again, and to this very day.....on the mainland....it carries a negative connotation.  Even if people have never ate the stuff, you'll get that same reaction.

SPAM comes in a TON of flavors.  Go ahead, give em all a try.  My personal favorite, green chile SPAM!

SPAM comes in a TON of flavors.  Go ahead, give em all a try.  My personal favorite, green chile SPAM!

In Hawaii though...the SPAM comes alive!  SPAM Loco Moco, Spam Musubi, SPAM and eggs, deep fried SPAM, you name it Hawaii eats SPAM with it.  Here at the Tiki Terrace, we use spam in a couple of items.  But if you want a real treat, ask for a spam loco moco.  It's not on the menu but we'll make it!  We used to offer a lot of SPAM items on our menu, but most mainlanders gave us that wrinkled nose look followed by the "eeewwww".  We'll still try to turn you onto the Spam though, we're not giving up!  After all, ever hear the saying"when in Rome"?  Well, when in Hawaii!

Spam Musubi-  the beloved snack of the Islands.  Once you try, you'll never go back!

Spam Musubi-  the beloved snack of the Islands.  Once you try, you'll never go back!

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Poke.  (Poh-Kay.....not poke). Please.

Poke. (Poh-Kay.....not poke). Please.

How do you wake up lady Gaga?  Poke her face. Get it? Poker face.  Get it?  Anyway, this is not the way you pronounce one of the most esteemed and saught after dishes of Hawaii ever in the history of ever.  It is pronounced POH-KAY.  This traditional dish is cut in small cubes and mixed with soy, sesame, tomatoes and onions.  In fact, the word "poke" literally means to portion, slice or cut.  At The Tiki Terrace we slightly sear the outside of the tuna and serve warm.

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Poke is Ahi Tuna.  Ahi is the Hawaiian word for Yellowfin Tuna.  Yellowfin tuna is one of the largest species of tuna reaching upwards of 400lbs!  Ahi Tuna is commonly served raw in both poke and sashimi.   In fact, "sashimi grade" tuna is a term used as a top quality product.

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Food historians can't quit agree on when the term "poke" started to represent this classic Hawaiian fish dish, but the majority tend to pinpoint it around to the early 1960's.

 

Stop on by Tiki Terrace and give our spin on this classic dish a try!

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Da Uke!.....or ukulele

Da Uke!.....or ukulele

The Ukulele is so rooted in Hawaiian history and naturally plays a HUGE role in The Tiki Terrace. Where did it come from? Is it a guitar? What’s up with the name?

Everyone loves the uke!  Even these silly little girls.  

Everyone loves the uke!  Even these silly little girls.  

So check it out. The Ukulele goes all the way back to the 19th century. The Portuguese immigrants played an instrument called the machete and the ukulele is the Hawaiian adaptation of that instrument.

The work literally means “jumping flea” because when played skillfully, finger tips dance on the strings like…well…dancing fleas. The pronunciation is as follows… oo-koo-le-le. Want to upset many a Hawaiian? Go ahead, say it like you mean it…yook-a-lay-lay. The big error in saying this is the first letter “y”. Say it without the “y” and your half way there!

This instrument can be played by guitar players keeping in mind that this four stringed instrument is the bottom four strings of a guitar-

The Tiki Terrace always has Island music playing in the background for all tourists dining and feasting on local food. It sets the mood and really relaxes one’s mind and body! Our stage has graced many of the world’s finest ukulele players and groups such as Jake Shimabukuro, Hapa, Raiatea Helm, Stephen Espaniola, Kimo Hussey, Aiden James, Abe Lagrimas Jr. just to name a few! Weather you want to hear some great quality ukulele music of some soothing lad back Island tunes, The Tiki Terrace transports you through all the sounds of the Islands!

The stage at Tiki has been the host to a huge amount of the worlds greatest ukulele players. 

The stage at Tiki has been the host to a huge amount of the worlds greatest ukulele players. 

Luau time!

Luau time!

We hear the word “Luau” but we often associate it with our neighbor’s backyard party where we find tiki torches, hula hoops and tropical drinks.

It wouldn't be a luau without our world famous kalua pork! 

It wouldn't be a luau without our world famous kalua pork! 

 

The word Luau refers to a traditional Hawaiian party and feast that is usually accompanied by entertainment. A lei, or flower wreath worn around the neck, and Island music is a must! A luau is a party, a gathering, a celebration and joyous occasion! Here at The Tiki Terrace we throw four Luaus a week! Choose between one show every Friday, two shows every Saturday, and starting on 2.22.17 one show every Wednesday-

What you can expect from a Luau is something unique and different. Something other than what you are used to. Tropical Island music, Kalua pig, mahi mahi whitefish, teriyaki chicken, ahi seared tuna, beef sirloin, eggrolls and the list goes on and on. The Tiki Terrace luau show will navigate you through the Polynesian Islands, describing the culture through story and dance. Don’t be surprised when those celebrating special occasions get up stage to dance the hula or when the MC interacts with those that celebrating a very special occasion. The luau gatherings at Tiki Terrace are something that you have to reserve for and are most defiantly worth it!

The tiki terrace dancers grace the stage and perform dances from all Polynesia!  Above, you see the Tahitian ote'a!

The tiki terrace dancers grace the stage and perform dances from all Polynesia!  Above, you see the Tahitian ote'a!

If you’re looking to escape the cold weather for a short period of time, have a celebration and want to do something fun and unique, have a date night or a blind date, attending the Tiki Terrace luau show will add that special lively twist to you special day. We are located in Des Plaines, IL so you can save yourself the cost of that flight to Hawaii and come on by! Aloha!

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Loco Moco- what's the deal?

The Tiki Terrace proudly serves one of Hawaii's most classic dishes- loco moco.  To those who speak Spanish, this seems super funny..... loco meaning crazy, and moco meaning buger.  Yup, that's right....Hawaii serves up one mean dish of crazy burgers.  Don't believe me?  Check it out here on our menu.  Hey, we even cater it by the tray here.  So what is the deal with this dish and the name?  So check it out, loco moco is simple and delicious.  Start with a huge bed of white rice, then top with grilled beef patties, cover with fried eggs and smother (and I mean smother) with gravy!  Aloooooha loco moco!

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So let's get to the name-  to explain the name, we give a short history lesson.  First reports of loco moco came from 1949 in Hilo, Hawaii.  Young, broke surfers needed something cheap, big and loaded with carbs. A request for rice, beef and gravy was given to Nancy Inouney of the Lincoln grill restaurant (the egg came later down the road).  The youngsters named this dish after one of their buddies George Okimoto, who's nickname was "crazy".  George Takahashi, a student at Hilo High school, was studying Spanish at the time and inserted loco into all this.  The word moco was added because it rhymes with loco!  

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Come and get some authentic loco moco at The Tiki Terrace in Des Plaines, Il.  

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Kalua pig Hawaii's most Hawaiian dish.

Kalua pig Hawaii's most Hawaiian dish.

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Many have eaten and many have heard of Hawaii's most popular, authentic dish.... Kalua pig.  The Tiki Terrace brags about it's authentic island dish that not only represents the islands well, but many islanders find themselves coming back time and time again.  The menu at Tiki Terrace boasts of many local island dishes, but the Kalua Pig is, and will always remain, king of all entrees.

Shredded pig that is so tender!   Some of the staff uses bear claws, some use their hands, but I use a good ol pair of forks!

Shredded pig that is so tender!   Some of the staff uses bear claws, some use their hands, but I use a good ol pair of forks!

The process is simple and the outcome is awesome!   The word "Kalua" literally means 'to cook in an underground oven'.  Although we don't cook in an 'Imu' we flavor and season with all the goodness of Hawaii!  At one point in time the USDA put out a law that declared you could only cook and sell from an 'Imu' out in the islands.  Here at Tiki, guests can experience our shredded pig on the weekdayweekend or catering menu!

 

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At every Luau, the tourists and locals alike all gravitate toward the goodness off that pig-  it wouldn't be a luau without it!

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