Huli Huli Chicken

Huli Huli Chicken is easy to make at home. It all starts with a marinade that is sweet from the pineapple juice, gingery, with just a hint of spice.

Haupia Cake

Growing up and only being knee high to the bakery display at Zippy’s, I only knew haupia cake to also be topped with my favorite coconut pudding.Haupia (how-pee-ah), is a thick coconut pudding that is usually served as squares at the end of a luau buffet line, a perfect little sweet coconut bite to finish a heavy meal is perfect.The most modern interpretation of haupia is haupia cake, where it is used as a filling, in a white cake topped with whip cream icing.

Ono Butter Mochi

Butter mochi is a traditional Hawaiian treat, it is made with a high glutenous rice flour called Mochiko Flour. Like most Hawaiian food Butter Mochi is a fusion of different cultures who most likely met on in a plantation village. My guess on how butter mochi has come to be is that it is a hybrid of Japanese Mochi and Filipino Bibingka.

Banana Lumpia (Turon)

The thing that I love about filipino food is that it’s hard to nail down exactly what that is because so many other countries have introduced their own foods to the Philippines and we’ve made it our own. Every family has their own version of every filipino dish and this is no exception. These are our Banana Lumpia or Turon.

Hawaiian Fried Rice

There is no Pineapple but there is the the trifecta of the island’s favorite meats.

Authentic Chicken Long Rice

Authentic Hawaiian in under 30 minutes, with leftovers! This dish was brought to Hawaii from Chinese immigrants who introduced Hawaii to Cellophane Noodles (Glass noodles, bean thread noodles, or Chinese vermicelli).

Guava Cake

If you have ever been to Hawaii you have probably come across arguably what is Hawaii’s best cake, Guava Chiffon Cake. It’s the perfect dessert to follow Zippy’s chili, fried chicken, mac salad and, rice!! Or like me, a great breakfast the next morning after Zippy’s because I was too full for dessert. My dad was bornContinue reading “Guava Cake”

Hawaiian Mac Salad

You cannot have a plate lunch without Mac Salad! Chicken katsu, 1 scoop of rice and, 2 scoops of mac salad is my go to plate lunch, but the mac salad has to touch the rice so the mac salad gets a little warm and the rice has have just a hint of mayo whichContinue reading “Hawaiian Mac Salad”

SPAM Musubi

Musubi is a thick layer of rice with a slice of Spam that’s been cooked in a sweet-ish sauce and wrapped in a thin slice of nori. Much like many dishes before it, the Japanese immigrant population got hold of SPAM and Musubi was born. Some people say it’s “spam sushi” which, I guess it is.

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