Out of Print (no reprint planned)

“By Request” is all about food and the part it plays in our everyday lives—how it plays a part in our personal and collective memory; how it signifies specific times in our lives. The weekly column was part of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin’s Food section for decades under the stewardship of several different writers, and continues in the new Honolulu Star-Advertiser under Betty Shimabukuro. Readers write in about dishes they’ve enjoyed at restaurants, that they remember from childhood, that they’re just curious about. I try to find answers to a few of these mysteries. This cookbook is a second helping of stories and recipes that grew of out those requests. “By Request” has always depended on the kindness of great cooks willing to share. Enjoy the tales, enjoy the recipes. And if you find something really good? Pass it on. Great dishes should always be shared.


Dinner at My House

  • Beef with Pickled Mustard Cabbage
  • Junkyard Chili
  • Cola Cake
  • Chicken Estufao
  • Barbecued Chicken
  • Crock Pot Lasagna
  • Spicy Kim Chee Fried Rice
  • Magic Macaroni and Cheese
  • Grilled Steak Salad
  • Mom’s Chinese Steamed Fish

Sunnyside Up

  • Kaka‘ako Kitchen Banana-Poi Bread
  • Liberty House Garden Court Biscuits
  • Oahu Country Club Bread Pudding
  • Crepes
  • Portuguese Milk Bread (Pao de Leite)
  • Big City Diner Oatmeal Cakes
  • Paul Chun’s Pancakes
  • Jean’s Bakery Danish Tea Cake
  • Pineapple Nut Bread

Priming the Palate

  • Butterflake Rolls
  • Golden Dragon Pork Char Siu
  • Little Chicken Biscuits
  • Side Street Inn Garlic Edamame
  • L’Uraku Crunchy Shrimp with Tomato Lomi
  • Ninniku-ya ‘Ahi Mascarpone
  • Don Ho’s Kalua Quesadilla
  • Beer-Battered Maui Onion Rings
  • Popcorn Shrimp with Bloody Mary Aioli
  • Kahala Moon Fire-Roasted Portobello with Balsamic Roasted Garlic Jus
  • Prince Court Baked Oysters with Escargot
  • Butterfly Shrimp with Bacon
  • Sam Choy’s Tripe Poke

Salads and Sides

  • Angelo Pietro Raw Potato Salad
  • Plumeria Beach House Salad Nicoise
  • Palm Terrace Curried Chicken Salad with Papaya
  • Chicken Kelaguen
  • Mediterraneo Salad
  • Palomino Chop Chop Salad
  • Orchid’s Scalloped Potato Gratin
  • Kona Brewing Co. Strawberry Spinach Salad
  • Takuwan
  • Pickled Radish
  • Hasu Sanbaizuke
  • Inari Tuna-Tofu

Dips ‘n’ Dressings

  • Yellow Sauce
  • Red Sauce
  • Aaron’s Caper Vinaigrette
  • Halekulani Cranberry Sauce
  • Anchovy Salad Dressing
  • Green Goddess Dressing
  • Hari Kojima’s King Crab Dip
  • Kaka‘ako Kitchen Basil-Bleu Cheese Dressing
  • Kaka‘ako Kitchen Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Ilikai Hoisin Vinaigrette
  • Punahou Mango Chutney
  • Oka with Crabmeat
  • Mariposa Papaya-Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Whole Kumquat Preserves
  • House Without a Key Tarragon Vinaigrette
  • Sansei Umeboshi Dressing

Carbo Loading

  • Chart House Fried Rice
  • Bara Sushi
  • 5 A Day Sushi
  • Stir-Fried Saimin
  • Gai See Mein
  • Gaumanian Red Rice
  • Long Rice Special
  • Rice for a Crowd
  • Microwave Rice

The Main Event

  • Angelo Pietro Chicken and Spinach Spaghetti
  • Lunalilo School Spaghetti
  • Herb’s Scout Stew
  • Barbecued Lamb Chops
  • Bogart’s Shrimp Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Alley Restaurant Coca-Cola Turkey
  • Cornish Hen Pot Roast
  • India House Chicken Curry
  • L&L Drive-Inn Barbecued Chicken
  • Chicken and Pumpkin Laulau
  • Seafood Laulau
  • Vegetarian Laulau
  • Slow Cooker Laulau
  • Golden Dragon Mongolian Lamb
  • Palomino Euro Bistro Paella
  • Ashitibichi (Pig’s Feet Soup)
  • Just Like Mom’s Pork Tofu
  • Rainbow Drive-In Shoyu Chicken
  • Ryan’s Grill Cajun Chicken Fettucini
  • Crouching Lion Slavonic Steak
  • Thai Valley Cuisine Green Curry
  • A Little Bit of Saigon Twice-Cooked Chicken

Grand Finale

  • Fresh Apple Spice Cake
  • B-52 Cheesecake
  • Kahala Moon Banana Mac-Nut Praline Tart
  • Chess Pie
  • Coconut Candy
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Island-Style Custard Pie
  • Frosted Flake Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Green Tea Mousse
  • Toasted Coconut Macaroons
  • Moon Cakes
  • Cold Oven Pound Cake
  • New Red Velvet Cake
  • Harry’s Famous Rum Cake
  • Macadamia Nut Shortbread
  • Melt-in-Your-Mouth Macadamia Shortbread
  • Miniature Taro Cheesecake
  • Chinese Tea Cookies
  • Japanese Christmas Cake
  • Lemon Tofu Pie
  • Yellow Cake


Author: Betty Shimabukuro