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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...
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Coconut Shrimp with fresh ginger sauce f...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Coconut Shrimp – it’s everywhere in Oahu. Restaurants, food trucks, even convenience stores. Yes, it’s THAT delicious! But the most sought after dishes are arguably the three food trucks next to the shrimp ponds just north of the country town of Kahuku. The debate rages on regarding which truck has the best recipe. You may just have to try them all and decide for yourself. But arrive early or you may wait up to an hour for your order. The Polynesian Cultural Center is no stranger to...
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Pani Popo – a Sticky, Gooey, Gotta...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Pani Popo, or coconut buns, comes from Samoa and is made from yeast bread and sweetened coconut milk. Many people find it tastes more like glazed donuts, and with basic adjustments, such as substituting grapeseed or coconut oil for the butter, you can make a delicious treat that is dairy-free, while using coconut flour will make it gluten free. This is a very easy-to-modify dish, no matter what the dietary restrictions.   There are many recipes out there, but we wanted to present you with...