Hawaii cuisine is the perfect introduction to the exotic and sunny flavors of Hawaii’s multicultural cooking. Sam’s recipes reflect a melding of East and West, with distinctive Polynesian flourishes and some highly innovative twists that could have been conceived only in the creative and original mind of Chef Choy. Here are over 80 recipes including both Sam’s innovations as well as his renditions of Island favorites. They range from simple preparations like poke, an addictively delicious raw seafood appetizer, to elaborate and beautiful dishes like Sauteed Island Fish Trio, sure to dazzle the table and palate at your next dinner party.

Sample Menus

  • Thanksgiving Dinner, Sam Choy Style
  • A Chic Pacific Rim Dinner
  • A Hot Summer Night’s Delight
  • Backyard Barbecue
  • Sunday Night at Grandma’s
  • Fusion Cuisine
  • Dinner From the Grill


Appetizers & Soups

  • Breakfast Lunch and Crab’s Crab Cakes
  • Deep-Fried Won Ton Brie with Fresh Pineapple Marmalade
  • Steamed Clams with Ginger Pesto Butter
  • Teriyaki Roll-ups
  • Summer Ahi Tartare
  • Sam Choy’s World-Famous Fried Marlin Poke
  • Da Wife’s Bean Soup
  • Sam Choy’s Southpoint Chowder
  • Papaya, Mint and Coconut Soup


  • Chicken Salad Chinese-Style with “Dabest” Sauce
  • Lasagna-Style Hibachi Tofu Salad
  • Hilo Tropical Fruit Slaw
  • Molokai Shrimp Spinach Salad
  • Sam’s Signature Salad Dressings


  • Easy Local Ribs
  • Local Style Veal Osso Buco with Shiitake Mushrooms
  • The Best Beef Stew
  • Hawaiian Pulehu Tri-Tip Steak
  • Sweet and Sour Pineapple Pork
  • Oriental Lamb Chops with Rotelli Pasta


  • Chicken and Coconut Milk
  • Sam Choy’s Award-Winning Roast Duck
  • Kalua-Style Turkey with Dried Fruit and Oyster Stuffing and Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Rotisserie (Huli Huli) Chicken
  • Cold Chicken Tossed with Fresh Ginger Pesto

Fish & Shellfish

  • Crusted Ono as Featured at Sam Choy’s Restaurants
  • Sauteed Island Fish Trio
  • Steamed Mahimahi Lau Lau
  • Cool Summer Night Cioppino
  • Shrimp Curry with Coconut Milk and Sugar Snap Peas

Side Dishes

  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Hibachi Mixed Vegetables
  • Chinese Pasta Primavera
  • Bok Choy Broccoli
  • Black Goma Asparagus
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes


  • Coconut Bread Pudding
  • Sam Choy’s Pineapple Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Crust
  • Macadamia Nut Cream Pie
  • Ginger Pineapple Sorbet
  • Easy Banana Pie

A Traditional Lu‘au

  • Traditional Lomi Lomi Salmon
  • No-Imu Kalua Pig
  • My Mom’s Squid Lu‘au
  • Poi
  • Straight Hawaiian-Style ‘Inamona Poke
  • Chicken Long Rice
  • Pineapple Haupia

Tropical Drinks

  • Over the Rainbow
  • Loco Loco Mocha Mocha
  • Tropical Itch
  • Haupia with a Kick
  • Lava Flow
  • Guava Colada From the Valley
  • Kona Mac Freeze
  • Bermuda Triangle
  • You are the Bestest
  • Sam’s North Shore Smoothie
  • Scorpion in a Glass

Author: Sam Choy