Somen Salad

Somen salad is always delicious. It may not be a family classic like Spam musubi or sticky rice, but dang it’s good. Somen are really skinny noodles that look sort of like angel hair pasta. Because they’re so skinny, they take barely any time to cook, so pull them out soon after you put them […]

Butter Mochi, Custard Mochi

Butter mochi is a classic Hawaiian treat that features sweet rice flour, which gives the dessert its characteristic chewy texture.

Much of my time at Aunty Lily’s was spent trying not to step on hyper dogs, hunting for Easter eggs and watching my aunts and uncles scream in laughter after seeing the newest, most outrageous entry into the annual White Elephant game. Despite how busy I ended up being, I always found time to accept […]

Spam Musubi

Seaweed, rice and Spam (I insist that you pan-fry it and use a teriyaki glaze) make up Spam musubi, a classic Hawaiian on-the-go food.

There’s something about the combination of salty, pleasantly squishy meat with caramelized bits of teriyaki sauce, firm grains of rice and pliable, briny seawood. It was the first sandwich-like thing I ever ate. For me, it speaks of basketball and sweaty socks and doting mothers. By now, you are probably confused. If you understand, then […]