October 16, 2018
Oh yes! After photography class and roaming around the park, It’s time to have a Hawaiian style cooking class !
It was a 3 hours home cooking experienced hosted by Linda in her lovely home far from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. I was greeted by “bacon”, so amazing to have seen and touched a domesticated pig! Adorable!
We were in a group of four, the kitchen and ingredients were all assembled and ready. While we were learning all the recipes, Linda gave us some stories, and information about Hawaiian culture, stuffs etc. It was like, cut-talk-hand me-talk-mix-talk-cook- and a lot of more talk-and eat of course! It was so indulging and I enjoyed every minute of it.
First thing in the menu? SPAM MUSUBI of course! So popular in 7/11 or abc stores. Two years ago, my friend taught me how to make it but I want to learn more. It was exciting to know it was included in the cooking class. It gives me a lot of memories.
Spam Musubi – is a popular snack or lunch in Hawaii. So easy to make and easy to pack as well. It is composed of grilled or fried spam sandwich in between with a pack of rice or a variation of different ingredients, the scrambled egg could be in the middle of the rice and the spam is on top of the rice. We sprinkled furikake, salt, fried onions, add some slices of avocado and wrapped it in with nori sheets.
Next popular dish is POKE – is a diced raw fish served as either an appetizer or for main dish. My sons love it so much but honestly, I don’t eat raw food and poke is not on my dream list. This is my very first time to prepare and eat Poke.
We prepared three kinds of POKE: Spicy Tuna Poke, Shoyu Poke and Hawaiian Style Poke
Spicy Tuna Poke
1Lb Ahi Tuna, cut into 3/4″ cubes
1/4 cup mayo
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp shoyu (soy sauce)
1 tsp Alae red salt to taste
1/4 to 1 tsp Ichimi (ground japanese chili)
a few drops of chili oil to taste
1 TBL tobiko or Masago
Mixed all ingredients together well and serve with sliced scallions on top.
Hmm, checked out my photos below 🙂 I don’t need a caption to prove that I am a first timer in POKE!
And while we were enjoying the Poke preparation, the COCONUT BUTTER MOCHI was already in the oven. We mixed all the ingredients ahead of time, so the sweets was hot and ready for dinner. baking time : 45 mins to 1 hr.
Coconut Butter Mochi
2 cups sugar
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded coconut
1 box mochiko flour
1 stick of unsalted butter,melted
1 can of evaporated milk
12 large shrimp, deveined, peeled to the tail and skewed
3/4 cup panko
1/2 cup flaked coconut
flour for dusting
2-3 eggs, lightly beaten
salt and pepper to taste
Tips: roll in the FLOUR – EGG – PANKO/COCONUT mix
Ladies, I recommend this experience if you are traveling solo, in here, you meet new friends, learn how to cook few dishes and have an enjoyable dinner! drinks were on the house 🙂