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  • FOOD FRIDAY: A Porky Pair from From Kau Kau to Cuisine

    From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and NowFrom Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now by Arnold Hiura, featuring Derek Kurisu of KTA SuperStores and Jason Takemura of Pagoda Floating Restaurant and Hukilau Honolulu, is a unique culinary guide drawing out the connections between old, plantation-era favorites and new, innovative modern cuisine. While food historian Arnold provides a background to what, why and how we eat in Hawaii, Derek and Jason team up to present 30 pairs of recipes. Each pair matches a “Then” dish from Derek—a classic plantation or traditional local-style favorite—with a “Now” dish from Jason—a reinterpretation of Derek’s version or a new creation drawn from the same ingredients or cooking style.

    On this Food Friday, we present a pork-tastic pair: Classic Shoyu Pork from Derek and a modern spin on the manapua from Jason.

    From Kau Kau to Cuisine: Shoyu Pork and Pork Belly Bao Bun Sliders

    Shoyu Pork by George Yoshida and Derek Kurisu

    I remember my family receiving pork from the “buta kau kau man” who would come to neighborhood homes and pick up slop once or twice a week (see page 30). In return, he would periodically bring everybody a piece of pork as a way of saying thanks. That pork was so goodI really looked forward to it! To this day, I love local pork, which is leaner and more flavorful than Mainland pork. This is another recipe I learned from my buddy, George Yoshida. Here on the Big Island, a lot of our plantations grew sugar. But on the other islands, they grew a lot of pineapple. The flavor goes well with pork, so we often use it for cooking with ham or spare ribs. I like to use it for shoyu pork—with the shoyu, it makes a unique flavor and the juice helps tenderize the pork. -DK

    • 5 pounds pork belly (or boneless pork shoulder roast, cut in half)
    • 1 cup shoyu
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup pineapple juice
    • 5 slices fresh ginger

    In a deep pot, cover pork with water and boil for 1 hour. Discard water and rinse pork. Slice pork into 2-inch pieces and, in the same pot, combine with remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and continue to simmer, about 45 minutes, until tender.

    Serves 8 to 10.

     

    Braised Pork Belly Bao Bun “Sliders” by Jason Takemura

    Growing up in Hawai‘i, everybody loves to eat manapua. They’re sort of like SPAM® musubi—the kind of grab-and-go food perfect for a snack or quick meal. Instead of serving plain manapua in the restaurant, we put this spin on the classic Island favorite. We started with some of the Asian ingredients and flavors that I learned at Chai’s and adapted them to our needs and tastes. The secret is our braised pork, which goes really well with the bao buns. Sliders are really popular these days—no need to cut them in half or anything, they’re all individual servings. -JT

    • 2 pounds pork belly, skin removed
    • Pork Marinade (recipe follows)
    • 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
    • 2 teaspoons sriracha (or other hot sauce )
    • ½ cup Kim Chee, chopped (see recipe, page 154)
    • 1 cup thinly sliced won bok
    • ½ cup finely julienned Fuji apple
    • ½ cup julienned green onions (reserve bottoms and stems for marinade)
    • 12 fresh bao buns, steamed and warmed

    Pork Marinade

    • 1½ cups shoyu
    • 1 cup sugar
    • ½ cup water
    • 2 pieces star anise
    • 1 3-inch piece ginger
    • 4 stalks green onion, white part only
    • 5 cloves garlic, whole
    • Pinch crushed red chili flakes

    Cut pork belly into a 2-inch by 2-inch by 8-inch block. Combine marinade ingredients and marinate pork overnight (8 to 12 hours), turning the pork over every 4 hours.

    Preheat oven to 325˚F. Transfer pork and marinade into an oven-safe pan. Cover pan with foil. Place in the oven and braise for 3 hours. Remove from oven, remove foil and allow to cool, with the braising liquid, before refrigerating until ready to use. Remove cold pork from the liquid and slice crosswise ¼-inch thick. Reserve braising liquid.

    In a sauce pan, heat sliced pork belly in the reserved braising liquid. Mix hoisin and sriracha together and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix won bok, apples and chopped kim chee together. Spread 1 teaspoon of hoisin-sriracha sauce in each warm, softened bao bun. Place 2 to 3 slices of pork per bun, topped with the kim chee slaw. Garnish with green onions.

    Makes 12 sliders.

    For more delicious pairings like this one, pick up a copy of From Kau Kau to Cuisine at our online store or your local bookshop. Go grind!

    From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now
    by Arnold Hiura, featuring Derek Kurisu and Jason Takemura
    Hardcover, 196 pages

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  • Come. We Go Kau Kau.

    From Kau Kau to CuisineOur newest book, From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now (by Arnold Hiura, featuring Derek Kurisu and Jason Takemura), will be hitting bookstores at the end of the month. It's currently available for purchase at our online store.

    In From Kau Kau to Cuisine, food historian Arnold Hiura provides the fascinating backstory of Hawai‘i’s culinary journey from roots in tight-knit communities to how—and what—Islanders eat today. Arnold points out, for instance, that common foods once consumed out of necessity, such as offal cuts or native plants, have once again become popular. The buzzwords of modern cuisine—sustainable, homegrown, foraged—are in fact age-old practices; many old-timers never stopped sourcing, cooking and eating their foods in these ways.

    Chef Jason Takemura, Arnold Hiura and Derek Kurisu. Photo by Eloise Hiura. Chef Jason Takemura, Arnold Hiura and Derek Kurisu. Photo by Eloise Hiura.

    In addition, Big Island television personality and KTA Super Stores executive vice-president Derek Kurisu and O‘ahu executive chef Jason Takemura of Hukilau Honolulu and Pagoda Floating Restaurant, have teamed up to present 30 pairs of recipes. Each pair matches a “Then” dish from Derek—a classic plantation or traditional local-style favorite—with a “Now” dish from Chef Jason—a reinterpretation of Derek’s version or a new creation drawn from the same ingredients or cooking style. The result: Grilled ‘Opihi are reimagined as Baked Oysters with Truffle Hollandaise; Kabocha with Dried Ebi evolves into Roasted Kabocha Risotto; Portuguese Sausage–Hamburger Patty Loco Moco is remade as Sake–Soy-Braised Short Rib Loco Moco. Each dish is accompanied by mouth-watering color photography, while accompanying features offer tips on step-by-step processes.

    We'll also be kicking off the book release with a talk story and tasting event at the Pagoda Floating Restaurant International Ballroom. This event is part of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii's "Inspired Food" series (the last event featured Kau Kau author Arnold Hiura and Chef Alan Wong discussing Chef Alan's book, The Blue Tomato) and is a fundraiser for the Center.

    The event will take place on Saturday, February 8 at 5:30pm. (Doors open at 5pm, validated $3 parking at the Ross Dress for Less parking lot on Kanunu St.) Tickets are $75, and a limited number of VIP reserved tables are available for $2000 (10 seats). Each ticket includes a copy of the new release From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now and access to tasting stations featuring seven different dishes from the book. VIP guests enjoy reserved seats, table service and wine.

    Want to see what guests will dine on?

    From “Then” — Kabocha and Dried Ebi (Pumpkin and Dried Shrimp)
    From “Now” — Roasted Kabocha Risotto

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    From “Then” — Shoyu Pork
    From “Now” — Braised Pork Belly Bao Bun “Sliders”

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    From “Then” — Poke & Surimi Patties (Fishcake Patties)
    From “Now” — Shiitake & Spinach Dynamite-Crusted Opah

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    To purchase tickets, call the JCCH at (808) 945-7633, ext. 28 or email programs@jcch.com. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

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