li hing mui – Pidgin English Definition

li hing mui
(lee hing mooh ee)

Definition: sometimes referred to as the “Hawaiian Spice”, it originated from mainland China and is a salty/sweet spice used to flavor Chinese dried fruits and seeds, and more contemporarily in desserts. One recipe is as follows:

  • 3T Hawaiian Salt
  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 1T 5 spice
  • 3T whiskey
  • 10 whole cloves