Li Hing Pineapples Etc.
Red li-hing powder is quite popular in Hawaii, and has made its way into everything from Alan Wong's signature dishes to popcorn and candy.
Li-hing pineapple reminds me of mixed shave ice flavors, while the apple version is a ridiculously simple riff on cinnamon apple slices.
Li-hing powder is very strong, so it is important to take a very a light touch with it.
Canned pineapple, drained well.
Scant ¼t of li-hing powder
Fresh apples, such as Honeycrisp, Fujis or Gala also work very well.
Nashi, aka Asian pears also work well.
What To Do
Spoon li-hing powder into a fine sifter/sieve (the kind for dusting with powdered sugar) and lightly dust fruit using a very.
Let the powder set for a few minutes and eat. Repeat as desired.
Notes and Talking Story
- At some point, someone in Hawaii got the idea to add li-hing powder to any number of things and it took off.
- Li-hing gummy candies are still quite popular in Hawaii, my favorites being li-hing gummy grapefruit and gummy lychee.
- One of my favorites is li-hing kettle corn. Sprinkle it over store-bough kettle corn and replace potato chips.
- Li-hing mui is a dried, sweet, mostly salty plum that is popular as a snack food in Hawaii. Say "li-hing mui" to a Hawaii person, and invariably, they start to salivate.
- I don't recommend li-hing for fresh berries, such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries.