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Hawaii with a fish allergy

Darn :( do you know of any places on the Big Island or Kauai that would offer a vegetarian saimin so that I can have the opportunity to try this Hawaiian tradition?

Thanks!

Jul 01, 2010
vermontpurple in Hawaii

Hawaii with a fish allergy

What about Saimin -- would there usually be fish sauce or stock in the broth?

Thanks!

Jun 28, 2010
vermontpurple in Hawaii

Hawaii with a fish allergy

I can eat seaweed.

Thanks all for the clarification on the use of the Hawaiian language. Like I said, I really wasn't sure how the language was used on the islands, and now I understand better.

Even on the mainland, people usually assume shellfish when I mention a fish allergy. The food allergy people claim that fish allergy is as common as shellfish allergy, but even if so it's certainly not as well known!

Thanks to all for the hints on things to look out for!

Jun 26, 2010
vermontpurple in Hawaii

Hawaii with a fish allergy

I didn't mean to offend anyone with the foreign language question, but isn't the Hawaiian language the first language of many Hawaiians? The distinction between fish and shellfish can be subtle and hard to get across even to a lot of native English speakers. I'm not asking whether people can speak English well enough to offer typical tourist hospitality, I'm asking if people will be able to understand subtle distinctions about an allergy that can kill me. (Making that determination on the spot determines whether or not I try any kind of seafood in a given restaurant.) Also we do hope to "go local" :)

Jun 24, 2010
vermontpurple in Hawaii

Hawaii with a fish allergy

Thanks for all the hints about specific things to be aware of. That is more important than specific restaurants, as I'm pretty good at dealing with less-aware restaurants. But knowing to ask about certain specific things like fish sauce, dried fish powders, etc. is helpful because less-aware restaurant staff often wouldn't think of such things.

I'm not really familiar with Hawaiian cooking at all. I know to watch out for fish sauce in Thai cooking, but Chinese is usually fine. Japanese seems to fall somewhere in between and I'm guessing that Hawaiian may be between Japanese and Thai? I often avoid Asian restaurants if there seems to be a language barrier to my explaining my allergy. Which leads to my next question: I'm not really sure how much of a "foreign language environment" we're walking into here. Should we expect wait staff at most restaurants (and we're on a budget, so for the most part we won't be choosing pricey tourist-oriented restaurants) to be fluent in English or are there a lot of Hawaiians who speak mostly Hawaiian? We've never been to Hawaii before and I'm not sure how much the Hawaiian language/culture has been assimilated.

Would most restaurants understand "vegetarian" that I could use as a safe haven, or might they not think twice about things like the fish sauce as long as there aren't chunks of meat/fish in the dish?

Jun 23, 2010
vermontpurple in Hawaii

Hawaii with a fish allergy

Hi,

I'm very seriously allergic to fish (not shellfish). My husband and I will be visiting the Big Island and Kauai.

First, are there Hawaiian words I need to know -- ingredients or menu items that I might not recognize as containing fish?

Second, can you recommend any restaurants that are allergy-aware, particularly seafood restaurants? I can eat, and really enjoy, shellfish, but only if there is no cross-contamination and not too much cooking fish smell coming out of the kitchen. (I can tell when I walk into a place whether or not the smell will be an issue.)

Thanks!

Jun 23, 2010
vermontpurple in Hawaii

How many pounds of potatoes? Latkes for 75 people

We definitely want there to be plenty of latkes for people to have lots. :) Thanks for your reply. 3 hours is until people start eating. It's ok and even good if we're still making the last few batches fresh during dinner. So it sounds like that should work out reasonably well.

Thanks!

Dec 02, 2009
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How many pounds of potatoes? Latkes for 75 people

This is for an event at our synagogue, and there are people who don't mind being on Latke duty for the 3 hours before dinner. The early ones will have to be kept warm in the oven anyhow, but having fresh ones is the best :)

Dec 02, 2009
vermontpurple in Kosher

How many pounds of potatoes? Latkes for 75 people

How many pounds of potatoes do you recommend for making plenty of latkes for a crowd of around 75 (mixed adults and kids), and do you think 3 hours is enough time to fry all those latkes with 3 adults and 2-3 frying pans available? We will be serving the latkes at dinnertime along with green salad, roasted veggies and a vegetarian african stew/soup. We will also be inviting people to bring their favorite alternative latke recipe so there will be some uncertain quantity of non-traditional latkes being served as well.

Thanks!

Dec 02, 2009
vermontpurple in Kosher

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Oct 11, 2009
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