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Li Hing Pineapple

July 31, 2011

This is probably the easiest recipe to do. You just have to find a fresh pineapple and li hing powder. Li Hing Mui came over with the Chinese immigrants to Hawaii and has been a popular snack item for generations.

The powder can be found in some asian supermarkets, especially if they have a Chinese or Hawaiian section. If you go to Hawaii you can even find the powder in Walmart. You can also mail order it by looking online. Li Hing Mui is a sweet and salty, licorice flavored dried plum. The powder is made of the plum, sugar, salt and licorice. Something about the salt that makes the tartness of the pineapple go away. As a kid, we used to take a half lemon, stick a li hing mui seed into it and suck the whole thing!

Cut the top and bottom off the pineapple. Then slice the rind away top to bottom thick enough to cut the little node things away too.

Cut in half lengthways then again into a quarter. If the core is tough, then slice the core part away. Then slice into about 3/8″ thick slices and put into a bowl. After done, sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of the powder over the pineapple while mixing. Add more or less to your taste and amount of pineapple.

Let sit for a while (30 mins or more) to let the flavors sink in. Also refrigerate if left to sit longer. You can also use the powder on mangoes and other fruit. Google it and people use it on everything… We just got back from a shaved ice stand in Hawaii and they have the li hing powder to sprinkle on top of the flavored ice!