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Garlic shrimp delight — no food truck necessary

Since she was young, Edeliza “Liza” deGuzman-Corpuz was challenged by her father to name the ingredients in their daily meals. Because of this rigorous training, she is able to duplicate almost every dish she tastes. Read more

Lotus a symbol of persistence, endurance, hope

At the start of the year, we eat auspicious foods to attract good luck. Friday ushers in the new year according to the lunar calendar, welcoming the year of the Earth Dog. Read more

Grandson carries on Filipino traditions of family patriarchs

Regino Ojano III grew up in Hilo eating two Filipino dishes almost every week. He thinks of his grandfathers each time he cooks these comfort foods: a version of tinola, or chicken and squash soup, and pinakbet, or vegetable stew. Read more

Vegan meals guided by good taste

Eight years ago, Nuuanu resident Stephen Dung took a vegan cooking class after his wife and daughter requested more vegetables. Now he cooks a vegetarian dinner for his family at least once a week, and he has also taught vegan cooking classes. Read more

Homemade vanilla extract a versatile ingredient in kitchen

Roberta Chong Kee and Paula Ho‘opai remember their mother “curing” vanilla beans in rum in a dark kitchen cupboard. Chong Kee continues the tradition as a way of remembering the generous nature of their late mother, Nancy “Gladys” Teixeira. Read more

Sushi rice dish boasts rainbow of flavors

Sadao Takahashi takes the quality of his rice seriously when making bara sushi. He buys the best quality rice, washes it three times and lets it sit for 20 minutes to dry after draining before placing it in his special rice cooker. Yet with all of his exacting care, bara sushi is not an unapproachable dish. Read more

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