Kaon! Kaon! Eat! Eat!

If you’re a local these photos don’t need explaining, but if you’re a visitor to the islands and lucky enough to get an invite to dinner, then these dishes might be among some of the many to awaken your tastebuds. At the table my grandpa would often say to us “kaon! kaon!” – pronounced kah-ohn kah-ohn — which means eat! eat!

Turon (cooking plantains in lumpia wrappers and fried)

Bacon marinated in kimchi sauce, cooked in foil over the grill.

Tinono (panfried pork with vinegar, onions, tomato and black pepper).


Mini springrolls filled with minced, seasoned pork.

Clockwise from top left: spicy bean sprouts, watercress salad, namasu with wakame, beef stew, rice with edamame, roasted pork, korean-style bacon, fried fish.

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