Hawai‘i’s Rice Cooker Cookbook shares a mother and daughter’s perspective of an island family table through the lens of an everyday household appliance—the automatic rice cooker. Introduced in the 1950s, the electric rice cooker has become the workhorse of Island kitchens. Surprisingly multi-purpose, you will be as amazed with the versatility of this seemingly one-note cooker.

Over 120 recipes showcase family favorites with some surprise dishes drawn from different places and times in our lives. Here are fast and simple recipes for time-constrained weekday meal preparation as well as for times when culinary experimenting is possible. Recipes include favorites such as Chicken Hekka, Vegetable Curry, homemade Mochi (Japanese rice cakes), Chili Pepper Water (the ultimate lū‘au table condiment), and even a Calamansi Cake. Just for fun, there are tips on regrowing green onion and lemongrass leftovers, cultivating your own supply of sweet potato leaves, and concocting homemade vanilla extract. Hawai‘i’s Rice Cooker Cookbook will make us see the automatic rice cooker with new eyes and expand our range of cooking options.



  • Chili Garlic Soybeans
  • Reuben Dip
  • No-Shell Boiled Peanuts
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip
  • Shoyu Butter Daikon with Cheese


  • Chicken Stock
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Chicken Posole
  • Mulligatawny Soup (Indian Curry Soup)
  • Kabocha Corn Soup (Japanese Pumpkin Corn Soup)
  • Jook (Chinese Rice Porridge)
  • Grandpa Yun’s Shell Soup
  • Italian Wedding Soup
  • Hot Sour Soup
  • Stracciatella Soup (Italian Egg Drop Soup)
  • Tom Yum Goong (Thai Shrimp Soup)
  • Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Coconut Soup)
  • Cream of Tomato Soup
  • Portuguese Bean Soup from Mrs. Matsuyama


  • Rice Cooker Rice
  • Musubi (Japanese Rice Balls)
  • Fried Rice
  • Yaki Musubi (Toasted Rice Balls)
  • Temaki Party (Make Your Own Sushi)
  • Purple Edamame Rice
  • Sushi Su
  • Sushi Rice
  • Sushi Cake


  • Peperonata (Sweet Bell Peppers Stewed in Olive Oil)
  • Kabocha, Long Beans, and Taro in Coconut Milk
  • Refried Beans
  • Baked Beans
  • Cornbread
  • Beer Bread
  • Garlic Noodles
  • Garlic Pilaf
  • Coconut Lemongrass Rice Pilaf
  • Lemon Rice Pilaf
  • Potato Chip Rice Pilaf
  • BLT Fried Rice
  • Mexican Rice
  • Japanese Tuna Rice
  • Mushroom Rice
  • Seasoned Aburage (Simmered Fried Tofu Pouches)
  • Atsuage with Tomato (Stewed Fried Tofu Cake)
  • Stuffing
  • Stewed Lentils with Bacon and Red Wine
  • Korean Potatoes
  • Steamed Taro
  • Applesauce

Sweet Potatoes

  • How to Grow
  • How to Harvest
  • Sweet Potato Leaves with Fermented Bean Curd
  • Veggie Lau Lau (Steamed Vegetable Bundles)
  • Chili Pepper Water
  • Sweet Potato Greens
  • Sweet Potato Mash with Miso Butter


  • Mochi from Scratch (Japanese Rice Cakes)
  • Mochi Cheese
  • Waffled Mochi (Rice Cake Waffles)
  • Mochi Bacon (Bacon-Wrapped Rice Cakes)
  • Mochi Kinchaku (Rice Cakes in Fried Tofu Pouches)
  • Jon’s Ozoni (Mochi Soup for a New Year)

Main Dishes


  • Stuffed Cabbage
  • Spanish Rice
  • Korean Stewed Beef
  • Hamburger Curry


  • Curry Chicken Wings
  • Chicken Rice
  • Shoyu Chicken Wings (Soy Sauce Stewed Chicken Wings)
  • Chicken Hekka (Japanese Chicken Stew)
  • Steamed Chicken with Lup Cheong
  • Chicken Long Rice (Chicken and Bean Thread Noodles)


  • Ham with Black-Eyed Peas
  • Green Chile Pork Stew
  • Pork Guisantes (Filipino Pork and Peas)
  • Pork Hash (Steamed Ground Pork Cake)
  • Hoisin Simmered Pork
  • Kālua Pig and Cabbage
  • Kakuni (Pork Belly in Ginger Soy Sauce)
  • Kau Yuk (Chinese Pork Belly with Taro)
  • Konbu Maki (Okinawan Seaweed-Wrapped Pork)
  • Roast Pork Fu Chuk and Mushroom Simmer
  • Mochi Rice with Lup Cheong
  • Ma Po Tofu (Tofu with Ground Pork)
  • Pork Adobo (Pork Cooked in Vinegar Sauce)
  • Stuffed Bitter Melon
  • Stuffed Aburage (Tofu Pouches Stuffed with Pork)
  • Taiwan Mushi (Tofu with Eggs and Ground Pork)
  • Simmered Belly Pork
  • Simmered Layered Cabbage
  • Spareribs with Eggplant
  • Grandma Jean’s Squash and Pork in Tomato Sauce
  • Lettuce Wraps
  • Taro Mochi Rice
  • Tired Teacher’s Dinner
  • Pork and Eggplant Spaghetti
  • Taiwanese Rice Powder Steamed Pork
  • Nishime (Japanese Vegetable Stew)


  • Parchment Wrapped Fish Fillet
  • Steamed Chinese Fish with Rice
  • Dace Fish Rice
  • Dried Scallops with Broccoli
  • Miso Butter Shrimp and Veggies
  • Garlic Shrimp
  • Shrimp Curry
  • Loofah See Gwa Squash with Tofu and Clams
  • Mussels with Chorizo and Pimenton
  • Sake Butter Clams


  • Vegetable Curry
  • Eggplant Omelette
  • Frittata (Italian Egg Pie)
  • Macaroni Pie
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Jai (Chinese Meatless Monk’s Food)


  • Poached Pears with White Wine
  • Pancake Cake
  • Whipped Cream
  • Calamansi Lime Cake
  • Sticky Rice with Mango
  • Sweetbread Pudding
  • Banana Cranberry Bread
  • Breadfruit (‘Ulu) Pudding