Garlic Chicken (Local Hawaiian Style)

Garlic Chicken

April 19: National Garlic Day

Garlic chicken (local Hawaiian style) is one of the dishes that Islander and her brother look forward to eating when they visit their parents back on Oahu. They usually order the entrée from En Fuego Restaurant in Kapolei and Side Street Inn on Kapahulu Avenue, although other eateries have their own version of crispy chicken pieces tossed in a distinctive, tasty-garlicky-sweet-soy-sauce. Onolicious!

Islander learned how to make garlic chicken for her family and local friends on the mainland who were craving this flavorful dish from their Hawaii home. Garlic chicken is great to serve at get-togethers with ‘ohana as well as on National Garlic Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Foodland)

For the garlic marinade and sauce

  • ½ cup garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup green onion, sliced
  • 1 cup soy sauce (we used Aloha Shoyu)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions

Chop the garlic. Slice the green onions, reserving a few pieces for garnishing the finished dish. In a saucepan, combine the soy sauce and sugar. Stir and bring to a boil.

Garlic Chicken

Lower the heat and add the garlic and green onion. Add the sesame oil and red pepper flakes. Mix well. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until thickened. Remove from the stovetop and cool for 30 minutes.

Garlic Chicken

For the crispy chicken

  • Garlic marinade (ingredients above)
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying

Directions

Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Place the chicken in a large bowl. Strain the cooled marinade over the chicken. Let stand for 15 minutes. Reserve about ½ cup of marinade for the finishing sauce. Discard the marinade in which the chicken was soaked. In a shallow dish, combine the flour and cornstarch. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Mix well. Dredge the chicken pieces in the mixture, making sure they are well coated.

Garlic Chicken

Deep fry the chicken in batches until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Place the chicken in a bowl and toss with the remaining sauce. Dish out and garnish with green onions.

Garlic Chicken

Notes

  • For a stronger flavor, mince a clove of fresh garlic and mix it into the sauce before tossing it with fried chicken pieces.
  • Get more garlic recipes by searching our blog.

Lilikoi Butter (Passion Fruit Curd)

Lilikoi Butter

April 15: St. Damien Day (Hawaii)

Hawaii has a lot of aloha/love for St. Damien of Molokai. He is honored in the 50th state twice—on April 15, his death day, and on May 10, his universal feast day. The Belgian priest was comPASSIONate towards Hawaii’s “outcasts” (those afflicted with Hansen’s disease/leprosy) in the late 19th century. His sacrifice earned him canonization on October 11, 2009.

In celebration of St. Damien’s passion and devotion to his ministry, we made passion fruit curd, also known as lilikoi butter in Hawaii. The recipe below is adapted from a cook book that Islander bought at the Damien and Marianne Heritage Center in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii. Proceeds from the sales of this cook book and other items at the heritage center go toward the museum and preservation of the history of St. Damien and Blessed Marianne Cope.

Prepare passion fruit curd/lilikoi butter in observance of St. Damien Day. Aloha!

Recipe

(Adapted from Molokai Catholic Community Cook Book)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cup passion fruit pulp, purée or juice
  • 4 eggs

Directions

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter slowly (do not brown or burn). Add the sugar and the passion fruit liquid.

Lilikoi Butter

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add a drop of the passion fruit liquid mix to the eggs, stirring constantly, to temper them. Slowly pour the beaten eggs into the saucepan and keep stirring. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes to thicken, stirring slowly and patiently. Strain any egg residue into clean jars. Cool to room temperature then refrigerate. Serve with toast or crackers.

Lilikoi Butter

Notes

  • Other recipes include the passion seeds from the fresh fruit to give the curd a nice crunch.
  • Learn more about the religious symbolism of the passion fruit flower at the Passion Flower Shop website.
  • Make Molokai-Mainland Sweet Potato Palau as another recipe on St. Damien Day today or on his feast day on May 10.

HI Cookery is 4!

We can honestly admit that it is getting harder each year for us to continue maintaining a blog. But here we are, on our 4th blog-o-versary, still with our initial intent of completing the goal of cooking our way through the calendar year, albeit at a much slower pace.

Highlander got a promotion at his job this past year but works long hours and sometimes on Saturdays, too.  He still goes on many out-of-town business trips so he cannot help Islander as much with HI Cookery.

Islander faced major health issues late last summer and fall, having to drop out of school for basic web certification, and prioritize her health. It saddened her to stop some basic activities, including cooking and blogging, for a month and a half last year, to spend time at doctors’ offices for tests and treatments. She is feeling better now, although not 100%, and wants to continue posting recipes for HI Cookery whenever she is able.

Thank God she was blessed with an “apprentice” at her brother’s student ministry for which we frequently donate desserts (most of these recipes have been or will be posted on our blog). Islander is showing him how to decorate cakes, cookies and pies so he can help her make these goodies for prayer meetings and church socials. He can also use his newfound skills when he enters a Catholic novitiate (similar to seminary) in a few months and share what he has learned from us with others.

This exemplifies the spirit of HI Cookery. Through our stories and photo tutorials, we hope to enlighten others about food holidays and feast days as well as our cooking processes (please learn from our mistakes!) so they, too, can “pay it forward.”

We appreciate all those who have supported HI Cookery during these past four years. Whether eating our experiments, reading our blog, becoming a subscriber, “pinning” and “liking” our posts, being a guest chef, giving us creative cooking ideas or trying the recipes in their own kitchens, we thank everyone for sustaining us for another year.

Tapadh leat! Mahalo! Thanks!

Highlander and Islander

Shamrock Shortbread

Shamrock Shortbread

March 17: Feast Day of St. Patrick

How lucky and blessed are those who can taste some homemade shamrock-shaped shortbread on the Feast Day of St. Patrick. He used a three-leaf clover, which grows abundantly in Ireland, to teach the pagans about the Holy Trinity—God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and convert them to Christianity in the fifth century. Inspired by the sweet symbolism, we baked shamrock-shaped shortbread sprinkled with green sugar crystals that sparkle like emeralds from the isle of the Irish patron saint. Honor St. Patrick and his evangelistic efforts and make Celtic-style clover cookies.

May your blessings outnumber


The shamrocks that grow,


And may trouble avoid you


Wherever you go.


~Irish Blessing

 

Recipe

(Adapted from Irish Culture and Customs)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (we used Kerrygold brand Irish butter)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 – 1 cup sugar, granulated white
  • 2 cups flour
  • green food coloring (we used Wilton brand Leaf  Green icing color)
  • green sugar sprinkles (we used Wilton brand dark green colored sugar)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter until fluffy. Mix in the cornstarch and sugar and blend well. Gradually mix in the flour until a cookie dough is formed.

Shamrock Shortbread

Tint with green food coloring to the desired shade. Roll the dough into a ball, place in a covered bowl and refrigerate till firm (about an hour). Divide the dough into two or three smaller pieces. Place between sheets of waxed paper. Roll each to ¼-inch thickness. Cut with shamrock-shaped cookie cutters. Place on greased baking sheet at least an inch apart. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Re-roll the dough scraps, place between sheets of waxed paper, roll to ¼-inch thickness and refrigerate for another 15 minutes or until firm. Continue cutting out shapes and refrigerating.

Shamrock Shortbread

Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with green sugar sprinkles. Bake in a preheated oven at 275 degrees F for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Shamrock Shortbread

Notes

  • While this shortbread recipe is tasty, we prefer other sugar cookie doughs that are easier to handle. This one requires lots of chilling time and patience in order for the cookies to hold their shape. They do spread out a little in the oven but the puffiness goes down toward the end of the baking cycle.
  • Irish butter is creamier and more yellow than the domestic one. This may have affected the dough being more moist than other recipes.
  • Add a little flour to the work surface or waxed paper so the dough does not stick too much.
  • Baking time is longer for this recipe because it has a lower heat (275 instead of 350 degrees).
  • Search our blog for other shortbread, cookies and other Irish-inspired recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. We also recommended browsing for more feast day food ideas from Catholic Cuisine.

Chicken Long Rice

Chicken Long Rice

March 13: National Chicken Noodle Soup Day

Whether found at the fanciest luau or in a humble Hawaiian home, chicken long rice is the islands’ comfort food equivalent of chicken noodle soup. Ironically, the “rice” in this dish is actually bean thread (also known as cellophane noodles for their transparency). The taste is similar to tinolang manok without the noodles. The hot gingery broth helps relieve congestion, the chicken provides protein and mushrooms are full of vitamins, making this textured noodle soup a healthy option.

For National Chicken Noodle Soup Day, try a dish with a tropical twist and make some chicken long rice. Aloha!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4-5 bunches of long rice
  • 5-6 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • water
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4-6 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger, crushed
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1 stalk green onions, chopped (optional garnish)

Directions

In a large dish, pour boiling water to cover the long rice. Soak until soft, at least 30 minutes. Cut into shorter pieces. Drain before using. In a shallow dish, pour boiling water to cover the dried shiitake mushrooms. Soak until soft, at least 30 minutes. Remove from the water, squeeze out excess liquid and slice the mushrooms. Set aside.

Chicken Long Rice

While the noodles and mushrooms are being hydrated, chop the chicken and ginger. Heat the oil on medium high and sauté the garlic cloves. Add the chicken and cook until lightly browned. Pour the water to cover the chicken and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

Chicken Long Rice

Lower the heat, add the bouillon cubes and ginger, cover and simmer for 30 minutes to let the flavors develop. Add the mushrooms. Gently stir in the noodles and cook on medium heat for another 10 minutes. Discard the ginger and garlic. Ladle into soup bowls. Garnish with chopped green onions. Serve hot with chopsticks and a soup spoon.

Chicken Long Rice

Notes

  • Season the broth with a tablespoon of soy sauce, oyster sauce or hot sauce (optional).
  • Search our blog for other soup recipes.

Cornflake-Macadamia Nut Cookies

Cornflake-Macadamia Nut Cookies

March 7: National Cereal Day

Whenever we are on the island of Kauai, it is mandatory to stop in at the Kauai Kookies factory store. Islander loves their cookies so much that she even considered retiring in Hanapepe! Once in a while, her family and friends back on Oahu mail care packages to us on the mainland and include a few boxes of Kauai Kookies.

When those precious cookies don’t come often enough, she resorts to baking something similar to the Kauai Kookie “Cornflake Krunch” flavor—cornflake-macadamia nut cookies. Crushed cornflake cereal is what makes them “krunchy” and the macadamia nuts add a touch of the tropics to these treats.

For a sweet snack, bake a batch of cookies made with macadamia nuts and cornflakes cereal, especially on National Cereal Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from “Flavors of Paradise Cookbook” by Pearl City Community Church)

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar, granulated white (we used C&H brand)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (we used Hawaiian Vanilla Company brand)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 cup cornflakes cereal, coarsely crushed
  • ¾ cup macadamia nut pieces (we used Mauna Loa brand)

Directions

In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar. Mix in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Gradually stir this mixture into the creamed butter and mix well until a cookie dough is formed.

Cornflake-Macadamia Nut Cookies

Crush the cornflakes cereal to measure one cup. Fold this into the cookie dough. Add the macadamia nut pieces. Roll out one-inch balls.

Cornflake-Macadamia Nut Cookies

Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet about two inches apart. Flatten into discs. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Yield: Approximately 3-4 dozen cookies.

Notes

  • When Islander still lived on Oahu, she would visit her godsister, Min V., in Kekaha, Kauai, on long weekends. What a wonderful coincidence that Kauai Kookie was on the way to Min’s house from the Lihue airport!!!
  • Kauai Kookie used to bake up different flavors of cookies and only offered them at the factory store or at special events (such as the Made in Hawaii Festival) where Islander would buy a bunch of bite-sized “banzai cookies” and macadamia nut tea cookies.
  • Islander once left a box of Kauai Kookies out on the dining room table and put a “kapu” on them. However, her brother could not resist and ate them all while she was taking a nap. As soon as she woke up, he immediately ran out to the store to buy replacements to avoid her wrath. To appease her, he bought more Kauai Kookies—and some especially for himself.
  • We also gift Kauai Kookies to our mainland friends after coming back from a visit to Hawaii. Share the aloha!
  • Mahalo to Mary Ann B. for sending the “Flavors of Paradise Cookbook” to Islander for her birthday. Mahalo to Lisa L. for giving us vanilla extract from the Big Island.
  • Try the recipe for macadamia nut-white chocolate chip cookies on September 4, which is National Macadamia Nut Day.
  • Search our blog for other recipes containing cereal as an ingredient.

Hawaiian-Style Chex Mix

Hawaiian Style Chex Mix

March 7: National Cereal Day

Put some pizzazz in a plain party chex mix and add some aloha with meaty macadamia nuts and flavorful furikake. Hawaii’s locals love to sprinkle the latter on snacks, such as “hurricane popcorn” and Spam musubi. The salty-sesame rice seasoning balances the sweetness of the sugar-syrup in the cereal mixture. Try something deliciously different for your next social gathering and for National Cereal Day—mix it up with macadamia nuts and furikake for an onolicious Hawaiian-style chex mix! Aloha!

Recipe

(From Auntie Maria B.)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 box rice chex cereal
  • 1 box corn chex cereal
  • 2-4 cups macadamia nuts
  • 1 bottle furikake (nori fumi or nori komi)

Directions

In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the vegetable oil, sugar and corn syrup. Mix until well combined.

Hawaiian Style Chex Mix

Line two large baking pans with foil. Mist with cooking spray. Combine the rice and corn chex cereals with the macadamia nuts and divide evenly into the two pans. Pour the sugar-syrup over the cereal mixes, dividing evenly between both pans.

Hawaiian Style Chex Mix

Mix with a spatula. Sprinkle furikake. Bake in a preheated oven at 225 degrees F, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool, stirring every so often to prevent the ingredients from sticking together. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Hawaiian Style Chex Mix

Notes

  • Mahalo to Auntie Maria B. for the recipe as well as the macadamia nuts and furikake that she sent to us from Hawaii.
  • Fond of furikake? Then try furikake on fish (mahi mahi)!
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