From Janet “Pinki” Culbertson
When I first moved to the Islands, I wanted to fit in as quickly as possible so I copied my Hawaiian family especially the eating of local foods. Here are a few things I learned from Uncle George and Auntie Hattie.
Uncle George was eating lau lau and would take a big teaspoon full of a liquid from a small bowl after each bite. So wanting to be as akamai as possible, I copied him and took a big spoon full of… CHILI PEPA WATER! Whoa, did that burn! And I'm addicted to it today.
2 or 3 Hawaiian chili peppers
Boil 1 quart water – add salt and let stand till cool.
Wash peppers and put in bottle. Add cooled salt water and let stand 1 day. Put in ice box and it keeps well.
For those who like hot peppers – this liquid is nice in lomi-salmon, raw fish, stew, etc., an added relish to the menu.
Below are two of my favorite recipes from Auntie Hattie.
2-3 pound round steak 1 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup shoyu black pepper
2-3 hot green peppers 1/2 cup water
Remove the fat from the beef and cube. Boil the green peppers in water but open one pepper before boiling. Add shoyu, sugar & black pepper. Marinate the meat for a couple of hours. Cook the meat for 1/2 hour in a moderate oven about 350 degrees. (She used MSG but I omit it.)
2 packages (7 or 8 oz.) codfish-unseasoned. (soak, rinse and shred)
Combine and toss.
She didn't have these written down so I just followed her around and took notes. I chopped the garlic and can still hear her say "mo fine, Pinki, mo fine.”
Makes my mouth water just to think about it!
Janet “Pinki” Culbertson lived in Hawai`i for many years when she worked for United Airlines. She’s retired and has returned to her hometown of Spokane, but she still finds ways to enjoy Hawaiian food and dance.
Kalua Long Rice
1 lb. kalua pig
Soak long rice in warm water. Heat kalua pig in large pot. Add cabbage and tomatoes. Simmer until cabbage and tomatoes are half cooked. Add chicken broth and chili pepper water. Bring to a boil. Add drained long rice. Cook over medium heat until liquid is absorbed by long rice. Serve and enjoy!
From Parks & Recreation Family Favorites, City and County of Honolulu - 1992.
Kimo Ahia, “Da Hawaiian Gourmet” who lives in a far corner of Washington, sent the following tips for those out his way who are `ono for local-style food. He writes:
This corner of the state is starting to get some interesting kaukau places! U s guys just gotta make sure we can enjoy our kaukau!!! Just opened in Walla Walla are 2 joints:
Enjoy! Da Hawaiian Gourmet!!!!!!
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