Your Hawaiin plate lunch calls for cabbage and parsley. I lived in Hawaii for years and ate plate lunches daily. I never saw celery, cabbage or parsley in the macaroni salad. Only carrot and occasionally onion. And as I look at your photo, there are none of these ingredients in your salad either. Why?

Answer

The cabbage is sliced very, very thin, almost paper-thin and not a lot is added. Same with celery. It is minced very small. I use the leaves of the celery too. I always add the celery. Cabbage, if I have on hand. If you no like then don't use. Mainly it is more for a wee bit of color and a slight crunch than anything else. The one thing I gotta stress is neva, neva, neva use vinegar, sugar, or pickles of any kind. Everything you add is mixed in and it's not a lot so it looks more like specks of color rather than bold chunks. For example, I mince a couple of tablespoons of fresh parsley. Sprinkle in last and mix in. With the quantity of salad being made, it only adds speckles of green. Here in the mainland, when I only have what I dried from my summer harvest, I use less of the dried. Believe me. When it's all put together you don't see everything so clearly, but if the celery, onion, carrot, and Ajinomoto is not there, then it tastes different. You know right away something is missing. Now, this is old school Hawaiian kine mac salad. My auntie use to make this kind at the plate lunch place by the Natatorium in Honolulu in the '50s and '60s. It's been passed down for generations. I don'y know who taught her. You try, and I'm sure you'll like. If you are a seafood person try with the shrimp. BTW. I'm not a good photographer but if you look real close you're gonna see small light green speckles. That's the celery. I hope this helps. I'm here if you need more help. I just can't always get to you immediately but will soon as can

Updated on September 30, 2019

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Make a Hawaiian Plate Lunch-Style Macaroni Salad
By KonaGirl
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