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How To Make Spam Musubi Like They Do In ...

  Spam, that strange meat loaf from a can, has become so popular in Hawaii that they actually keep it in locked shelving at the grocery store. It is no surprise that the beloved meat has found its way to the top of a musubi. Musubi comes from the Japanese rice ball snack omusubi and was created and popularized by a local Japanese woman, Barbara Funamura. Try this easy-to-follow, fun-to-make recipe provided by our own Rebecca Sabalones to see what all the excitement is about.     Spam Musubi (Makes 8-10 servings) Cooking time: 40 min   Ingredients: 2...
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How to make “to die for” kal...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Pounders Restaurant is fast becoming one of the local favorites here on the north shore of Oahu. It doesn’t take much to realize that this is due to local chef, Felix Tai who has been given room to practice his special style of ono Asian-Western-Polynesian fusion. Today, we’re going to share the secrets of his signature dish, Boneless Short Ribs with Kalbi Glaze. We will give you the basic preparations for the Boneless Short Ribs, but it is the kicky kalbi glaze that completes...
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Li Hing Mui Vinaigrette, a special islan...

  Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up       Aloha, family! We present the first in the personal collection of recipes shared by Chef Felix Tai, Head Chef of Pounders Restaurant. These bi-monthly posts, which will be a part of our popular Eat Polynesia  recipe series takes us into the world of Chef Tai, where local Hawaiian ingredients are fused in Asian, Polynesian, and Western styles of culinary art. As several of you know, Pounders is located at the entrance to the most popular paid attraction in Hawaii, the...
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Tropical Pineapple Upside Down Cake from...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   Pineapple upside down cake is a favorite across the world, but we wanted to put a real island spin on it – and boy is it amazing! Knowing that the crunchy topping is the best part, we’ve doubled the sugar and butter – making it a gooey, yummy treat everyone should enjoy…. Yes, we used a cake mix! One of the beauties of this particular recipe is that it is so easy and incredible to boot! For a wonderful homemade cake recipe click here   INGREDIENTS Topping: 1 ½ sticks...
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Koko Rice or Koko Alaisa – No matter how...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   Koko Rice is a staple across Samoa, and in Samoan communities around the world. Genius in its simplicity, many Samoans list it as ‘comfort food’ from their childhood. Family gatherings would always have a big steamy pot of it along with fresh bread loaded with butter. Just ask one of your Samoan friends if they remember koko rice and watch that dreamy look sweep across their face. Now you can enjoy it too – but if you want your dish to be truly traditional, go to your local health food based...
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Panikeke: Round Pancakes, Samoan Style

  Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up    Click here to view our TASTE of POLYNESIA recipe video!   I’ve posted a lot of recipes in this blog for dinner and dessert items. Today, however, I’ll be switching gears a bit and talking about breakfast, the most important, and often most delicious part of the day. Few things compare to the lingering feeling of satisfaction that accompanies a good breakfast. Breakfast burritos, omelets, and French toast are all examples of the many foods that can be used to start a day...