It’s an acquired taste, but Hawaii locals love to snack on Chinese preserved plums. Most are shipped in from Asia, and the various stores here also make new concoctions to appeal to local tastes. Local favorites include rock salt plum, pickled mango, cherry seed and pressed olive; the most popular, however, is the dried, salted li hing mui. It’s so popular that consumers and restaurants use the powder at the bottom of the bag to make new dishes, drinks and snacks, including margaritas, cookies, ice cream and meat rubs.
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