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Grandma’s favorite quick dinner dish


    Elsie M. Teruya

Elsie M. Teruya, age 97, made this dish whenever she was busy and needed to get supper on the table quickly for her husband and five children.

She says to add anything you like to the dish to customize the flavor. “One of my friends eats it with kim chee, and it comes out just right.”

For her own part, though, “I do not add anything ’cause I am an old happy grandma with simple tastes. Hoping this meal will make some other grandma happy.”


  • 1 can corned beef hash
  • 1 can cream-style corn
  • 1/2 package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup chicken broth, optional
  • 1 block tofu, cut in cubes

Optional seasonings: Curry powder, soy sauce, hot sauce

Put everything except broth and tofu in a medium pot. Cook on very low heat. If it’s too thick, add chicken broth and mix well. Add tofu last.

Season to your own taste; add whatever you like.

Nutritional information unavailable.

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    • I have a close friend, Hawaiian, Chinese, German, English, Irish (“POI”/”Heinz 57”) and he makes this dish (thing) from ground-beef, canned corn, onions, bell pepper, garlic, salt and pepper.
      It’s the most BLAND thing you’ve ever tasted. So, after trying to choke it down, on several occasions; I finally mixed in some Worcestershire, Tabasco, and Ketchup. First, he was insulted; but now we laugh. “To each his own”! (Just eat it, just like that thing yo MOMMA makes…)

  • Canned corned beef was a frequent ingredient on my dinner menu in my early married life — fried with cabbage or onion, baked with mashed potato and frozen veggies, fried with potatoes and onions for a hash and topped with an egg — just a newlywed’s dream!

  • Quick, easy and tasty and actually pretty healthy. People back in the day, ate very simply.
    It is a receipe that you can play with according to what you want to add in or leave out especially the choice of vegetables you want.
    For example, you may want to add bitter melon and bak chou and even long rice, ginger and top off with chinese parsley and green onions.
    See what I mean.
    Thanks grandma Teruya.

  • Is it really about the recipe? Maybe just give some LOVE to this woman who has managed to live as long as she has; and just say Happy Mother’s Day… You know—just an ALOHA! Gheez; what a bunch of poopheads you are…

  • The City keeps on ripping us off she might have to omit the canned hash. More bike lanes, rail, Korean CC, Ala Moana improvements, blown water mains, electric poles falling, homeless. Caldwell, Martin four more years.

    • I know 3 Okinawans in Hawaii : 93, 97, and 102… I’m trying to figure out if it’s the minerals in the PURPLE SWEET POTATO’S (?) They don’t look their ages and they are amazingly physically and mentally active. The eldest—-one SLY MONGOOSE…

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