According to NationalDayCalendar.com, in the world of food, today is National Mint Julep Day:
“National Mint Julep Day is celebrated annually on May 30. Each year, on this day, people around the country join together for a glass of mint julep! This refreshing southern classic is a traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby.
Traditionally a mint julep is made with mint leaf, bourbon, sugar and water. In the Southern states, where mint julep is more associated with the cuisine, spearmint is the mint of choice. Preparation of the drink may vary from one bartender to another.
- It is believed that the mint julep originated in the southern United States sometime during the 18th century.
- The term “julep” is generally defined as a sweet drink, particularly one used as a vehicle for medicine.
- During the 19th century Americans also enjoyed gin-based julep.
- Each year almost 120,000 mint julep is served at Churchill Downs over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby.
- May, 2008 – Churchill Downs unveiled the world’s largest mint julep glass. ( 6-foot tall)
Enjoy a mint julep on this nice spring day!”
I totally respect that, and Louisville, Kentucky, its place of origin.
That said, we need state-recognized holidays honoring food of its given region, including here in Hawaii.
Therefore, The Tasty Island hereby proclaims today, Saturday, May 30, 2015, Hawaii’s own Hawaii State Portuguese Manapua Day. Why? Because I, Pomai Souza — author of The Tasty Island Honolulu Food Blog since its establishment in 2006 — said so, that’s why. While I’m sure those from Macau would love this!
Here’s the entry StateDayCalendar.com (non-existent as of this writing) should include regarding Hawaii State Portuguese Manapua Day:
“Hawaii State Portuguese Manapua Day is celebrated throughout the 50th State of Hawaii every year on May 30th. It’s a day to celebrate those of Portuguese and Chinese heritage, both of whom have contributed immensely to Hawaii’s uniquely rich cultural diversity and identity in the culinary world.
Today you can find what is known as “Manapua” — which is a Chinese Dim Sum style steamed bun — stuffed with a wide range of fillings. From the traditional Charsiu roast pork, to Azuke Beans, and in today’s special case, Portuguese Sausage, yet another island favorite.
Popular places to buy Manapua on the island of Oahu include Char Hung Sut, Chun Wah Kam, Libby Manapua Shop and Royal Kitchen, amongst many, many more.
Let’s celebrate today, May 30th, Hawaii State Portuguese Sausage Manapua Day!”
~ The Tasty Island