is Thanksgiving. Time to think back, say mahalo and jump-start that spirit of giving.
Every year in “By Request” I do that, with a look at the top five recipes of the year, as a way of saying thanks to everyone who helped find a recipe or put me on the hunt for a good one.
My standing offer: You send me five bucks and I send you those five recipes. All the money goes to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Good Neighbor Fund to help families in need.
Each year we raise more than $10,000 for the fund. By “we” I do not mean the royal we, the majestic plural, as the queen refers to herself. I mean you and me. We do this together.
>> Send a check made to the Good Neighbor Fund to “By Request,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, Honolulu, HI 96813. Your $5 covers all five recipes, we can’t break the set. Deadline to order is Dec. 29.
>> Include one legal-size (4-by-9-inch), self-addressed, stamped envelope for each set (if you want five sets, send $25 and five envelopes; it’s hard to cram more than one set into a single envelope).
>> If you would like to give more, we’ll pass your donation on, just be clear about how many sets of recipes you want and how much is a pure donation.
>> Snail mail only; no email, fax or phone orders.
THIS YEAR’S RECIPES
>> Stuffed won bok: Darren Asato was looking for a sweet-sour stuffed won bok recipe that was on a card his late mother collected from a supermarket decades ago. And three readers actually came up with it. Asato remembered it being baked; the recipe card actually called for steaming. I’ve adapted the recipe to include both options.
>> Hanamaulu Cafe-style fried chicken: Kauai’s Hanamaulu Cafe closed in 2014, but its famed ginger-flavored fried chicken lives on in other Garden Isle establishments. Mark Oyama, a chef-instructor at Kauai Community College and the owner of Mark’s Place in Lihue, helped come up with a version.
>> Sesame-green onion pancakes: An excess supply of sesame seeds led to this recipe, a take on traditional Chinese-style savory pancakes. Even buying a small package of sesame seeds for, say, a stir-fry, seems to result in leftovers, so this tasty side dish can come in handy.
>> Aunty Bev’s butter mochi: This recipe was the generous contribution of Beverly Hashimoto, who inherited Kaya’s Store in Hauula from her father, William Hideo Kaya, who founded the store in 1946. It’s one of the most popular homemade items she sells.
>> Frozen lemon crunch with cornflakes: This is an old-time dessert made in ice-cube trays. It can easily be adapted to use lilikoi juice, if you’re lucky enough to have that.
Write By Request, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, Honolulu 96813; or email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.