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Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water June 5, 2011

Posted by marksun in Hawaiian.
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What to do with chili peppers?

Make chili pepper water!

small handful chili peppers
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 garlic cloves, sliced/diced
2 slices fresh ginger
2 teaspoons hawaiian salt
2 cups hot water (not boiling)

Add the ingredients to a sterilized jar and steep overnight or longer, then refrigerate.

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Opihi and Kikapoo juice January 5, 2009

Posted by marksun in Dad, Hawaiian, sause, seafood.
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Opihi live in herds on the rocks in the ocean splash zone.  There are two basic kinds which we distinguish by the color of the foot – yellow and black – the yellow generally are considered to be better eating.  Opihi, like most Hawaiian ocean wild-life, are seriously depleted by over-fishing.  Fortunately, opihi are not anything like endangered, but edible/legal sized opihi are hard to find.

Kikapoo juice is what my dad used to call a mixture of Hawaiian red chili peppers, shoyu, vinegar, worchestershire sause, and ketchup.  Dad did not remember where he got it the word or the idea; however,  I can tell you that  it’s from the comic character Li’l Abner whose over-all clad kin made kikapoo joy juice, out’n in the woods by the light of the moon.

Kikapoo juice – combine in small bowl –

  • 2 hawaiian chili peppers, crushed
  • 1 T shoyu
  • 1 T vinegar
  • 1 T worchestershire
  • 2 T ketchup

That should be enough for 1 cup or so of fresh, raw, shelled opihi.

Giant opihi
Not too long ago, Joel gave me a present of frozen giant opihi about 3″ in diameter each that he had been cultivating.   At this size , opihi are a  tough and the flavor strong.  Joel’s advice – big opihi are better cooked.

On the grill:  dowse with kikapoo juice and roast in the shell on the grill until bubbling.

In the toaster oven: Make a foil catch pan and roast.

Slice the cooked opihi into strips to serve.

Laulau – pressure cooker recipe November 12, 2008

Posted by marksun in Dad, Hawaiian, pork, pressure cooker.
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  • 12 large  luau  leaves or more smaller leaves
  • a pound of pork,  cut into big chunks and divided four ways
  • big piece of salted butterfish, divided four ways
  • 8-10 big ti leafs 
  • twine

Divide the luau into four piles
divide the pork and butterfish into four piles 
wrap and tie up, 2 ti leaf per lau lau, trim to make nice package.
My dad tried using rubber bands a few times – not such a good idea because of the  rubber band taste.

Fire up pops big pressure cooker  ( I still have my dad’s pressure cooker)
3″ of water on privet – line bottom with ti leaves.
place laulau in pressure cooker 

Cook at pressure for 2 hours.
Most pressure cooker recipes say 1 hour but in my pressure cookers 1 hour is just not enough.  I go 2 hours.  The luau leaves needs to be completely cooked to disintegration to completely disolve the oxalic acid crystals in the leaves.  If not cooked throughly the  oxalic acid will leave you with a scratchy sensation in the mouth and throat.  It won’t really hurt you  but it is unpleasant.  If the cooked leaves still separate into individual leaves, it is not cooked enough.  2 hours at pressure in the pressure cooker is 100% reliable.  
No pressure cooker?  If you use a stovetop steamer, cook 4 hours (or more)!   If you have a better method for timing/cooking the luau,or better pressure information for a pressure cooker,  please post a comment!