Pronunciation: [LOH-mee LOH-mee]
Popular at luaus, this Hawaiian dish is a mixture of diced cured salmon, tomatoes, mild white onions, green onions and various seasonings. The salmon is cured by covering it with salt for a minimum of 8 hours (sometimes a couple of days), which removes the moisture; the fish is rinsed before being diced. The word lomi means "massage" or "rub," and the preparation of this dish includes thoroughly mixing (mashing or massaging) the ingredients until they are well integrated. Some recipes call for crushed ice to be mixed in right before serving to add moisture. Lomi-lomi is often served in lettuce cups or the shell of the tomatoes used in the dish.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.