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10 Foods Made Better With Hawaii’s Li Hing Mui

Made by pickling plum skins in licorice, salt and sugar, and then grinding the mixture into a fine powder, li hing mui was originally made in China, but has since made its way to the Hawaiian Islands. While it is often thought to be an acquired taste, people from Hawaii simply can’t get enough of the salty, sweet and sour taste. This potent powder can turn nearly anything into an exotic treat, though there are some uses that are more popular than others. Here are 10 foods made better with li hing mui powder.

If you want to grab some li hing mui powder for use at home, we suggest purchasing the Jade brand, because many others use aspartame instead of real sugar, and the resulting flavor simply isn’t as good. For more foodie fun, here are 11 foods and drinks everyone in Hawaii simply adores.

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. She is obsessed with hiking, beach trips, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.