Spam Musubi

this post for spam musubi was originally published in october 2013. i’ve since updated the pictures, and tried to clarify the recipe a little more! there’s something about the combination of salty, pleasantly squishy meat with caramelized bits of teriyaki sauce, firm grains of rice and pliable, briny seaweed. it was the first sandwich-like thing […]

Yaki Manju

This flaky Japanese pastry known as yaki manju can be filled with sweet red bean, lima bean, sweet potato, etc. #japanese #hawaiian #yakimanju #manju #redbean

this post for yaki manju was originally posted in jan 2014! it’s been updated with some new pictures and new recipe copy. yaki manju is one of those desserts that might be an acquired taste for some. it has beans, and yes, it’s a dessert. however, it’s still pretty tame, and i’d recommend it for anyone […]

Sweet Potato Haupia Pie

This sweet potato haupia pie is a Hawaiian dessert, featuring buttery macadamia nuts, chestnut-like purple sweet potatoes and creamy coconut. #sweetpotato #haupia #hawaiian #dessert #coconut #macadamianuts

this sweet potato haupia pie is the perfect balance of textures: crumbly macadamia nut shortbread, chunky purple sweet potato filling and creamy haupia, or coconut pudding. hi, what are you doing for thanksgiving? i’m hoping you’re planning endless deliciousness. i’ve self-appointed myself in charge of dessert (what’s new), and as someone who has already made […]

Somen Salad

Somen salad is one of those things that's perfect if you make a few hours ahead. The noodles start to soak up some of the salty/sweet/nutty dressing, and get super flavorful. #somensalad #pastasalad #fishcake #potluck

i think of somen salad as the hawaiian x japanese version of pasta salad. it’s hawaiian in some ways too, but mac salad screams hawaiian more than somen salad. anyways, i tend to associate pasta salad with summers (and leftovers lol), so it felt like a good time to give this post, originally published in […]

Hurricane Popcorn

Try hurricane popcorn, a Hawaiian snack with Japanese seaweed and rice crackers. It's the perfect snack for those who love something a little crispy, a little crunchy. #furikake #popcorn #snackideas #hawaiian

hurricane popcorn is a hawaiian popcorn snack, full of crunchy arare (japanese rice crackers) and furikake (japanese seaweed seasoning). it’s crunchy and crispy and buttery and nutty and so addictive that you could polish off a batch by yourself! i’m normally not a movie person; i tend towards youtube videos (hi, dance videos) like the […]