Look no further for the local recipes you love and crave. Jean Watanabe Hee has handpicked the most delicioius, can’t-miss dishes from her five “Hawaii’s Best” cookbooks and put them into one handy volume-complete with a few new recipes you won’t find anywhere else. With a bounty of pupus, salads, sides, soups, desserts, and fifty-two mouth-watering main courses, these recipes have been gathered from family tables, group picnics, and school cookbooks across Hawaii, then tested and perfected in Hee’s homestyle Kaneohe kitchen. Decades of culinary history are distilled in this treasury of island cooking-a history that’s rich, delicious, and still putting smiles on even the youngest faces.



‘Ahi Limu Poke

Shoyu Poke

7-Layer Dip

Curry Mango Cream Cheese Spread

Clam Dip


Barbecue Stick

Spinach Dip

Spring Rolls

Buffalo Wings

Sesame Seed Chicken

Cocktail Shrimp

Furikake Seared ‘Ahi

Spinach Rolls

Mimi’s Shrimp

Oyster Bacon Wrap

Shrimp Lumpia

Crispy Gau Gee

Stuffed Aburage with Somen


Broccoli Salad

Pasta Salad

Bean Salad

Broccoli Shrimp Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

Pine Nut Salad

Soba Salad

Spinach Salad with Hot Dressing

Strawberry Salad

Taegu Ocean Salad Linguine

Tofu Salad

Potato and Macaroni Salad

24-Hour Lettuce Salad


Baked Beans

Scalloped Potatoes

Choi Sum

Green Bean Casserole

Kinpira Gobo with Portuguese Sausage



Ong Choy and Harm Ha (Shrimp Sauce)

Cucumber Namasu


Roasted Vegetables

Gon Lo Mein


Mushroom Soup

Black Bean Soup

Watercress Egg-Drop Soup

Chinese Cabbage Soup

Country Comfort Corn Chowder

Hearty Miso Soup

Hot and Sour Soup

Jook (Chinese Rice Porridge)

Imitation Bird Nest Soup

Minestrone Soup

Oxtail Soup

Portuguese Bean Soup

Seafood Bisque

Turkey Chowder

Kim Chee Soup

Won Ton Soup


Beef Broccoli

Beef Tomato

Corned Beef Hash Patties

Jumbo’s Restaurant’s Beef Stew


Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Easy Pot Roast


No-Fail Roast Beef

DeLuz Vindha D’Ahlos Roast

Roast Lamb

Lazy-Style Laulau


Sari Sari

Black Bean Spareribs

Sweet-Sour Spareribs

Pork Hash

Roast Pork

Mushroom Pork Chops

Pork-Tofu Casserole

Ma Po Tofu (Pork Tofu)

Chicken Cacciatore

Cashew Chicken

Chicken Chili

Chicken Enchilada

Chicken Adobo

Chicken Katsu

Flavored Chicken for Chinese Stir-fry

Chicken Long Rice

Gay’s Easy Potluck Chicken


Fried Chicken

Cold Chicken with Ginger Sauce

Lemon Chicken

Shoyu Chicken

Easy Roast Chicken

Mochiko Chicken

McCarthy’s Marinade

Butter Yaki

Baked Fish

Miso Butterfish

Honey-Glazed Walnut Shrimp

‘Opakapaka with Chinese Cabbage

Chinese Steamed Fish

Shrimp Curry

Butterfish with Shoyu Sauce

Easy Seafood Pasta

Furikake Salmon

Shrimp with Black Bean Sauce

Spanish Rice

Tofu Burgers

Oriental-Style Fish

Stuffed Tofu


Chocolate Banana Bread

Watergate Cake

Bacardi® Rum Cake

Cocoa Cake

Chiffon Cake

Kahlúa® Cake

Mango Bread

Carrot Cake

Corn Bread

Creamsicle Cake

Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

Mandarin Peach Cake

Pumpkin Crunch

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Arare Cookie Crunch

Moist Banana Cake

Chocolate Delight

Fresh Mango Pie

Banana Cream Delight

Lemon Meringue Pie

Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie with Haupia Topping

No-Fail Pie Crust

Shortbread Cookies

Tofu Pie

Pumpkin Custard Pie

Haupia Chocolate Pie

Kona Coffee Mud Pie

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie

Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

Sponge Drops

Sugar Cookies

Furikake Chex® Mix

Lemon Bars

Hawaiian Chocolate Chip Cookies

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Almond Cookies


Almond Float

Blueberry Mochi

Goodie Goodie Dessert

King’s Hawaiian® Sweet Bread–Bread Pudding

Rainbow Finger Jell-O®

Tri-Colored Mochi

Moist Chocolate Cake

Broken Glass Dessert

Coconut Butter Mochi

Fruitcake Bars

Melt ’em Cookies

Energy Bars with Fruits

Zucchini Cake

Author: Jean Watanabe Hee