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Category Archives: Back Home In Hawaii
If you’re a regular here at My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert, you already know that I am a simple local gal from Kaneohe Oahu Hawaii; one of my past times in ten years or so since leaving my birthplace, is to try to re-create dishes of my youth.
You may also know that I have conquered my quest to copycat Zippy’s Macaroni Salad, a local staple.
ON THE MONEY!
I had some chicken leftover, imagine that … so I expanded on that … I made some Mac Salad, a fresh pot of Rice, some warmed-up-from-frozen-Zippy’s Chili that I brought back from Hawaii this past May, and the rest as they say is legend!
First, let me apologize for being absent for so long, but, we’ve been awfully busy. To start with, we spent the month of May on Oahu Hawaii to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary… we had the best time! I mean, who wouldn’t?
I brought back a 50 pound suitcase FULL of goodies that can only be found in Hawaii. One of the items was from Zippy’s Restaurant, Fried Chicken Mix. Yeah, so what you’re probably saying to yourself… oh no my friends. Zippy’s Fried Chicken is some the best both DH and I have ever had.
I guess about December of last year, Zippy’s came out with Fried Chicken Mix, as well as Mochiko Chicken Mix, Pancake Mix and their own blend of Coffee. WELL! As soon as we got ourselves going in Honolulu, we had lunch at Zippy’s, and what do you think I bought? That’s right… two packages of their Fried Chicken Mix.
For dinner tonight, I made us what some might call a Zippy’s Mini Fried Chicken Plate
Oh my gravy all over my two scoop rice (that’s OMG! in my world)!! That was just like having dinner at Zippy’s, and I’m not kidding you!
This was a test run to see if I could replicate this meal that we love from back home and I hit this one out of the park! So … next time we’ll make a Chicken and Chili Plate !!!
Here’s how much we love our Spam® AND Diamond Bakery Soda Crackers
You see that blue one to the left? that’s made with small snack-sized Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, love that too!
Now there’s a real Food As Gift idea
No, this lovely tray of assorted Tropical Drinks was not all for us! HA! 😀
We went over to our favorite place to listen to live Hawaiian Music, the Kani Ka Pila Grille in the Outrigger Reef Hotel and there was a very large group of Japanese visitors having the best time. It turns out they were a Halau, or Hula Dance Troop from Kobe Japan who were on Oahu to preform. Anywhos, I say this large tray come over to their table and I thought, geez, that’s so beautiful, all of those colors and different aromas. Maybe the next time we order a cocktail, I’ll rethink my standard glass of wine 😉
For me, a little home sick Island girl, this is comfort food. It’s a Filipino dish, very popular in Hawaii, and I love it, well I did modify it just a touch.
I had way too much Pork Loin Chops from Costco, you know, that huge tray of gorgeous Pork. For the two of us, somehow just straight up the Chops were tasteless, so I thought-heh, why not make this!
Pork Guisantes or Pork And Peas
2 Costco Pork Loin Chops, sliced very thinly (it’s easier if partially frozen)
½ C. Sweet Red Bell Pepper, sliced into small chunks
½ C. Sweet White Onion, chopped
1-2 Garlic Cloves, minced
½ C. Tomato Sauce
1 C. Water
½ Tbsp. Soy Sauce
½ Tbsp. Fish Sauce (I left this out, didn’t have any)
1 Bay Leaf
½ C. frozen Sweet Peas
Salt & Pepper to taste
Just enough Vegetable Oil to coat the bottom of a large Sauté pan
Heat a large pan with the veggie oil over med-high heat.
Sauté the Peppers just until they’re crisp-tender, about 1-2 minutes, set aside on a dish.
Add the Onions and Garlic and sweat until they are translucent; add in the Pork and cook `til just browned, don’t overcook it, Pork can get tough.
Pour in the wet stuff: Tomato Sauce, Water, Soy Sauce and Fish Sauce -if using- along with that Bay Leaf, give it all a good stir and bring to a gentle boil; reduce the heat to a simmer–cover and cook for about 20 minutes. The meat should be fork tender and the sauce reduced.
Add back in the Peppers and now the Peas, cook for 1-2 minutes, until the Peas are heated; season with S&P to taste (*Hint: if using Fish Sauce, watch it with the Salt).
Serve over hot steamed White Rice (or Brown Rice if you wish)
And as always, remember that a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, you take it and make it your own.
(I just thought of another version of this dish – Shrimp And Peas 🙂 )