Betty Shimabukuro has been tracking down recipes for the Honolulu Star Bulletin’s “By Request” column since 1998. Possibly the one thing that has been requested more than any particular recipe is a cookbook. Now, readers finally have the answer to that request in By Request; The Search for Hawaii’s Greatest Recipes. This cookbook is filled with the most popular, memorable and favorite recipes uncovered by the column. The book includes recipes for a variety of dishes from robust main dishes to essential sides and luscious desserts and treats of all kinds. There is a special section dedicated to the legendary Top Five recipes of all time – revealing Alice Chicken’s secret to the best spicy Korean wings for instance – and another section of recipes from local celebrity chefs.


Top Five Requests:

  • Chicken Alice’s Wings
  • Margo’s Low-fat Oatcakes
  • Side Street Pork Chops
  • Moa Ta Haari Chicken
  • Toong Mai

Salads and Sides:

  • Asian Poke
  • Bea’s Drive-In Turkey Stuffing
  • Mrs. Yamamoto’s Cone Sushi
  • Korean Potatoo
  • Cabbage Namul
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Fried Tofu Salad
  • Charboiled Eggplant with Miso Dressing
  • Portobellini Salad
  • Fresh Soy Bean Salad with Feta Cheese

The Main Event:

  • Big-Way Burger Sweet-and-Sour Spareribs
  • Kim Chee Pizza
  • Kim Chee Fried Rice
  • Crisco’s Nacho Grande
  • Baked Pepsi Ham
  • Pork Guisantes
  • Salt-Pepper Pork Chops or Shrimp
  • Spareribs in Orange Peel and Honey Sauce
  • Chicken Katsu
  • Linguine with Island Chicken
  • Chicken Karaage
  • Pancit Miki
  • Bar-B-Que P-Nut Chicken
  • Pomodoro E Basilico
  • Furikake Eggplant


  • Fresh Fish Souvlaki
  • Tzatziki (Yogurt Sauce)
  • Catfish Tempura with Ponzu Sauce
  • Cioppino
  • Hou See Soong
  • Linguine with Clams
  • Gindara Kasuzuke
  • Butterfish Niitsuke
  • Bouillabaisse de Chef OnJin

Soups and Stews:

  • Kumamoto Dango Jiru
  • Oxtail Soup
  • Paniolo Beef Stew
  • Punahou Portuguese Bean Soup
  • Queen’s Hospital Beef Stew
  • Aloha Aina Cafe Turkey Chili


  • Ensemada
  • Blueberry Cream Cheese Scones
  • Heidi’s Pineapple or Blueberry Muffins
  • Sansei Oatmeal Cake
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Peanut Butter Bread

Sweet Thoughts:

  • Carob Chip Cookies
  • Cornflake Cookies with Chocolate Chips
  • Okara Oatmeal Cookies
  • Tofu-Walnut Cookie Bar
  • Arare Cookies
  • Mochiko Butter Cookies
  • Mamon
  • Japanese Cheesecake
  • Pianomo Roll
  • Prune Cake
  • Café Laufer Coconut Chiffon Cake
  • Guava Chiffon Cake
  • Hawaii Five-O Torte
  • Coconut Macaroon Pie
  • Chocolate Coffee-Toffee Pie
  • Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop Bread Pudding
  • Chantilly Cake Frosting
  • Waioli Tea Room Date Bars
  • Hard Chocolate Sauce
  • Fried Twinkie
  • Okoshi
  • Sesame Peanut Candy
  • Prune Mui
  • Cocoa Mochi
  • Butter Mochi
  • Japanese Rice Crackers

Five Special Stories:

  • Hiroshi Fukui, Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas / Dashi, Kilauea Tofu
  • Thomas Ky, Assaggio / Chicken Assaggio
  • Chef Chai Chaowasaree, Chai’s Island Bistro / Black Chicken Soup
  • Colin Nishida, Side Street Inn / Side Street Fried Rice
  • Jackie Lau, Roy’s Restaurants / Chile Verde with Pig’s Feet

Author: Betty Shimabukuro