Hawaiian Local Dishes

  • Trader Joe’s Hawaiian Ube Butter Mochi Recipe

    June 12, 2022Van

    Butter Mochi is a very popular treat in Hawaii, it’s made with Mochiko (Japanese Sweet Rice Flour) and a few other ingredients typically used to make cake. It’s the perfect example of modern day Hawaiian cuisine (local food) which is a fusion from multiple ethnic groups. I’m going to show you how to make Ube…

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  • Hawaiian Mochiko Chicken Recipe

    May 24, 2022Van

    Mochiko Chicken – a local favorite in Hawaii, many people describe it as Hawaiian popcorn chicken, it’s more like a variation of  karaage (Japanese fried chicken).  It’s crispy, sweet, savory & garlicky – you can usually  find it served as a plate lunch with rice and mac salad. There are few different ways you can…

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  • Coconut Syrup Recipe

    May 19, 2022Van

    This is a super easy recipe for delicious, homemade Coconut Syrup. It’s a perfect syrup for waffles & pancakes – especially ube mochi waffles. You could also use this as a drizzle for ice cream or as a sweetener for coffee.  This is inspired by the coconut syrup served at King’s Hawaiian Restaurant in Torrance,…

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  • Hawaiian POG Juice Recipe (Passion Orange Guava)

    February 25, 2022Van

    POG is a tropical juice drink created in 1971 in Maui, HI by Haleakalā Dairy – it’s a blend of passion fruit, orange and guava. The first time I had it was in high school when my family took our first trip to Hawaii. They served us POG during our flight and I thought it…

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  • Hawaiian Crab Mac Salad Recipe (Copycat of Geste Shrimp Truck)

    February 22, 2022Van

    Geste Shrimp Truck in Kahului is known for having some of the best garlic shrimp on the islands, I’ve been making a copycat of of their Spicy Garlic Shrimp for years, but it’s always been incomplete without their amazing Crab Mac Salad! I’ve never seen anywhere else make Hawaiian-style mac salad like this and if…

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  • Foodland’s Spicy Ahi Poke Bowl Recipe

    February 9, 2022Van

    I’m sharing my copycat recipe of Foodland’s Spicy Ahi Poke. Foodland is a popular grocery store chain in Hawaii famous for their poke and many people think Foodland has the best poke on the islands. Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish that Polynesians were making hundreds of years before any outside contact. Traditional Poke is…

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  • Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke with Crispy Seaweed Rice Paper Chips Recipe

    January 10, 2022Van

    I make poke once a week and this is my new favorite way to enjoy it. Seaweed Rice Paper Chips are easy to make and they are super light, crispy and have the most satisfying crunch! These chips are the perfect vessel for Spicy Ahi Poke – the ahi is coated in a spicy creamy…

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  • Ube Buttercream Frosting Recipe

    December 28, 2021Van

    This Ube Buttercream is one of the easiest recipes for frosting, it’s a variation of my Russian Buttercream recipe,  the texture is similar to Swiss Meringue Buttercream, silky smooth & pipes like a dream. The flavor is more balanced since it’s not as sweet as American Buttercream, and it’s made with sweetened condensed milk, which…

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  • Ube Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

    November 18, 2021Van

    A unique alternative to the classic rice krispie treats: Ube Rice Krispie Treats. Ube is a purple yam that’s a popular ingredient for sweets and desserts in Asia and Hawaii, it has a lovely nutty flavor, almost like a cross between vanilla & pistachio. Ube desserts are not only popular for their flavor, many people are…

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  • Pumpkin Butter Mochi Recipe

    November 9, 2021Van

    Butter Mochi is a very popular treat in Hawaii, it’s made with Mochiko (Japanese Sweet Rice Flour) and a few other ingredients typically used to make cake. It’s the perfect example of modern day Hawaiian cuisine (local food) which is a fusion from multiple ethnic groups. Butter mochi has a satisfying chewy texture, it’s a…

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