Many of Hawaii’s favorite local dishes are really simplified basic recipes that can be prepared using only regularly stocked ingredients in the typical pantry or refrigerator. With today’s busy schedules, traffic jams and growing costs, here is the answer for simple meals that can be put together without another stop at the supermarket. These over forty recipes deliver. They can be made quickly and easily using ingredients readily at hand—tasty ones packed with flavor like Egg Drop Soup, Curry Chicken Fingers, and Fresh Mango Pudding. Some recipes showcase a single local ingredient always available either at farmers markets, home gardens, Chinatown markets, or corner neighborhood stands. Although the ingredient lists are short and the recipes vary in flavor and course, they all share a common ingredient: technique. The kinds of cooking techniques our grandmas mpassed on from generation to generation that make a recipe successful. So after a long day of working and commuting open your pantry and get ready to enjoy an easy cooking experience savoring our favorite tastes and food preferences.



Flash Fried Abalone

Toasted Almonds with Sea Salt

Salami Mochi

Beer Batter Onion Rings


Egg Drop Soup

Scallop Soup

Pork Hash Soup with Shell Macaroni

Kabocha Pumpkin Soup

Main Dishes

Braised Eggplant with Pork Spareribs

Pulehu Ribs

Curry Chicken Fingers

Barbecue Chicken

Okazuya Style Simmered Squash with Tofu

Oven Laulau

Chicken Noodle Chawan Mushi

Tailgate Fishcake

Rice Cooker Pasta

Spicy Wings


Rice Cooker Veggies

Beer Bread

Breakfast Noodles

Bacon and Chive Potato Salad

Mini Sour Cream Biscuits

Corn with Miso Butter

Cabbage Namul

Quick Biscuits

Togan and Shrimp

Baked Garlic Rice Pilaf

Tomatoes with Buttermilk Dressing

Ginger Sauce


Coconut Macaroons

Fresh Mango Pudding

Fresh Orange Gelatin

Kahlúa Truffles

Sweet Salty Macadamias

Cranberry Shortbread

Panna Cotta

Berry Sauce

Chocolate Almond Crisps

Pecan Minis

Chocolate Won Tons

Thai Coffee Granita

Coffee Jello

Javanese Cookies

 Author: Malia Ogoshi