One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Hawaii) an underground oven in which meat and vegetables are cooked, traditionally by means of heated stones covered with vegetation.‘kalua pig is usually the centrepiece of a Hawaiian luau, where it is cooked in an imu’
- ‘The Hawaiian imu is a familiar site to luau lovers; it's a pit filled with hot rocks that effectively roasts the food (in this instance, pork).’
- ‘Guests can see a pig placed in the imu, or pit, with hot rocks and banana leaves, at 1 p.m. and then watch it taken out, roasted to perfection, at 6 p.m.’
- ‘Luxuriate in a traditional Hawaiian ahaaina (feast), sampling such Hawaiian delicacies as pork laulau (pork wrapped in taro leaves, steamed in an imu, a hot-stone lined underground oven).’
- ‘The taro was baked in an earth oven (an imu), then pounded with a stone pounder on a large wooden poi board.’
- ‘But why quibble at a portrait so endowed with the "aloha spirit," for everyone is bright eyed and smiling, including the pig fresh from the imu.’
- ‘On ceremonial occasions, there would be luaus at which largely Hawaiian food was served: poi, of course, and dried fish and shrimp, kalua pig baked in the imu, and a dessert made of coconut milk thickened with Polynesian arrowroot.’
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