About 2 nights ago I made a Tongan dish called Lupulu. My wife was craving it a few days before but we both didn't know how to make it. Lupulu is basically steamed cornbeef with taro leaves, some onions, and coconut milk. So I found out from some friends that all you need is tinfoil, baby taro leaves, New Zealand made corned beef (Palm brand), onions, and coconut milk. You just put it together and put lots of coconut milk, wrap it all up with the tinfoil and put it in the oven for like 3 hours. Maybe I'll do the recipe thing later.
Anyways, it was really good. I had the approval from my wife. I really knew she liked it because she ate more than me! We both are born and raised in Hawaii. She grew up in Laie, lots of Samoans live there. Okay all kind of Polynesians live there. The Polynesian Cultural Center is right there in Laie. I grew up on Maui in Kihei, lots of Filipinos and Tongans. So my wife and I grew up eating all kinds of Polynesian food. I love Tongan food. I am not Tongan but Hawaiian, Chinese, and Japanese. In any of the Polynesian cultures you always share your food. Its the proper thing to do. If you have a sandwich and you are in the company of friends and they don't have any food, you would offer to everyone there if they would like some. Its just being courteous. So yes, I have Tongan friends and I was fed lots of Tongan food! Its an honor if the Tongan people make a dish just for you! Or have a feast just for you! It happened to me more than once. Well to me it is a great honor, kind of feels special. In Hawaii, we don't eat till we're full, we eat till we sleep!