Hawaiian Local Dishes

  • Lilikoi Macaron Recipe (Passion Fruit)

    June 13, 2021Van

    Lilikoi / Passion Fruit is one of my favorite fruits, it has one of the most delicious and distinctive flavors – just a taste of it will bring back so many beautiful memories of Hawaii.  I was shopping at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Plano, Tx and ran across Hawaiian Sun’s Lilikoi Jelly and grabbed it immediately…

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  • Trader Joe’s Baked Ube Mochi Donut Recipe

    May 30, 2021Van

    Dash, drive or fly to your nearest Trader Joe’s and pick up a box or two of their Ube Mochi Pancake & Waffle mix!  Of course you can make yummy waffles, but  you can also make baked Ube Mochi Donuts with them 🤯 they turn out like slightly chewy cake donuts (these aren’t the same texture…

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  • Instant Pot Hawaiian Potato Mac Salad Recipe

    May 24, 2021Van

    My favorite Hawaiian BBQ restaurant on the mainland is Matiki Island Grill I’m crazy over their teriyaki beef ribs, I’ve even made a copycat recipe of it, at Matiki, these amazing ribs are served with salad, rice and potato mac salad. I now live thousands of miles away from Matiki, so I’ve tried to recreate…

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  • Trader Joe’s Hawaiian Beef Teriyaki Plate Lunch Recipe

    March 5, 2021Van

    The Hawaiian Plate Lunch has been making people happy since the late 1800’s. A hearty “island style” presentation of the Japanese Bento Box designed to feed hungry pineapple and sugar plantation workers—but proved too irresistible for the rest of us. Typically filled with lots of meat and lots of rice and mac salad. Beef Teriyaki…

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  • Dark Chocolate Mochi Brownies Recipe

    June 27, 2020Van

    These delicious Dark Chocolate Mochi Brownies are mix between Hawaiian Butter Mochi + Chocolate Cake. The brownies have a bouncy and slightly chewy texture from the Sweet Rice Flour. Since the main flavor component comes from the cocoa powder, it’s important to use a really good quality cocoa powder (Hershey’s is not going to cut it!). So…

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  • Ube Mochi Waffles Recipe

    June 26, 2020Van

    These Ube Mochi Waffles are inspired by the Trader Joe’s Ube Mochi Pancake Waffle Mix. I was only able to buy them once before they sold out  at all my local Trader Joe’s – I was determined to figure out how to make these myself. It took a few trials, but I’m really happy with…

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  • Instant Pot Kalua Pork with Cabbage Recipe

    December 29, 2019Van

    When it gets cold and rainy I always think back to my beautiful memories of Maui. My husband and I spent every waking moment swimming in the warm water and then hunting for unique eats. The food in Maui was marvelous. I found everything I wanted, from fresh fish, amazing sushi, delectable spicy garlic shrimp…

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  • Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe (Copycat of Geste Shrimp Truck)

    June 1, 2018Van

    Geste Shrimp Truck’s spicy shrimp scampi was SO GOOD and the crab mac salad was unlike any other mac salad I’ve had before. I was seriously dreaming of this dish so I created this copycat recipe – it always brings back memories of one of the beautiful places on earth *Watch my short Instagram Recipe…

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  • Instant Pot Teriyaki BBQ Beef Ribs Recipe

    April 20, 2018Van

    This recipe is inspired by one of my all time favorite restaurants— Matiki Island BBQ in Anaheim CA. Matiki is a Hawaiian Style BBQ restaurant that serves these amazing beef ribs grilled right over charcoal in the building! You can smell the smoke for miles—which always gets my appetite all worked up if I’m in…

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  • Hawaiian Mac Salad Recipe

    April 19, 2018Van

    This Hawaiian-style Mac Salad is a crowd pleaser. From picnics in summer, to a must-have side dish for those filling Hawaiian Plate Lunches. The Hawaiian Plate Lunch has been making people happy since the late 1800’s. A hearty “island style” presentation of the Japanese Bento Box designed to feed hungry pineapple and sugar plantation workers—but…

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