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Sweet-sour fish a childhood favorite for Lanai-raised chef

Chef Adam Tabura grew up enjoying sweet-sour whole fish as a child on Lanai, and he featured it in his cookbook, “A Filipino Kitchen.” Read More

Spicy beef soup uses daikon, leeks to make nourishing dish

This spicy beef soup is a recipe based on one that Joan Namkoong, author of “A Korean Kitchen,” ate while in Korea. It starts with beef stock and includes daikon, leeks and shredded beef for a nourishing dish. Read More

Hawaiian-style oven pancake a favorite for Hoku winner Kahele

This hearty oven pancake, livened up with slices of fresh tropical fruit, is a childhood favorite from musician Kuana Torres Kahele. Read More

Cucumber salad helps round out potluck menu

This sweet, refreshing pickled vegetable salad is a crunchy side that rounds out any potluck plate filled with hearty dishes. It would be a good match for sushi and other Japanese dishes on a new year’s buffet. Read More

Pork ribs top hearty udon dish

Though udon was originally eaten in mainland Japan, it has become a favorite of Okinawans. Read More

New cookbook marks milestone for Down to Earth

Down to Earth Organic & Natural market is celebrating its 40th anniversary with the “Down to Earth Cookbook,” a collection of 40 recipes based on the most popular dishes from its deli and cooking classes, one for each year. Read More
 

Sesame cookies a Chinese-style family favorite

Sesame cookies are a family favorite and are included in Lynette Lo Tom’s cookbook, “A Chinese Kitchen.” Read More

Caldo verde rare in Hawaii, but ubiquitous in Portugal

A rarity here but ubiquitous in Portugal is caldo verde, or green soup. This simple recipe featuring thinly sliced cabbage is included in “A Portuguese Kitchen” by Wanda Adams. Read More

Roast pork differs from version at most Chinese restaurants

This family recipe from Lynette Lo Tom, author of “A Chinese Kitchen,” features a different kau yuk from the popular red pork and fat served in most local Chinese restaurants. Read More
 

Lilikoi spice cake a delicious holiday dessert

The beloved flavor of passionfruit, or lilikoi, flavors this spice cake, featured in “Celebrating in Hawai‘i: Favorite Recipes for Holidays and Special Occasions” by longtime local cooking expert Muriel Miura. Read More

Recipe: Chinese Tea Eggs

Tea eggs are beautiful with their dark lines creating a web-like pattern on the white shells. Read More

Recipes make most of plentiful pumpkins

Halloween may have passed but it’s still the season of pumpkins. Lee A. Tonouchi, the “pidgin guerrilla,” came up with a twist on deep-fried mochi, while Mandy Blake Bowers shares a version of spiced pumpkin soup. Read More

Sponge Drops a favorite local dessert

Cookbook maven Jean Watanabe Hee shares her recipe for Sponge Drops from her new cookbook, “The Best of the Best Hawai‘i Local Desserts.” Read More

Filipino-style rice pudding great for breakfast, dessert

Champorado, a Filipino-style chocolate rice pudding, can serve as breakfast, an afternoon snack or dessert. Read More

Chinese-Style Poached Whole Fish

While lots of folks steam whole fish, gentle poaching produces a delicate texture and a broader window for perfect results. Read More

Goya Champuru a modern take on Okinawan classic

This modern version of a classic Okinawan dish features wood ear mushrooms and string beans. Read More

Peanut butter chicken delivers flavors local folks love

June Tong’s recipe for grilled peanut butter chicken delivers the kinds of flavors local folks love: shoyu, sake and sesame oil, livened up with kochujang, ginger and garlic. Read More
 

Korean rice cake stir-fry used in both sweet, savory dishes

Ttok is Korean rice cake, usually sliced on the diagonal and served in soup or stir-fries. Dried red dates are rehydrated and used in both sweet and savory dishes. Read More

Crockpot luau simplicity matched only by amazing flavor

The simplicity of Papa Tottori’s Crockpot Pork Luau, among the offerings in “Cooking Hawaiian Style Two” by Lanai Tabura and Frank Abraham, is matched only by how unbelievably ono it is. Read More

Portuguese biscuits offer balance of sweet, savory flavors

Portuguese Biscuits are buttery with a balance of sweet and savory flavor. Read More

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