Kau Kau Kitchen™
by Leilehua Yuen
Celebrating Hawai`i Foods and Lifestyles for over 25 Years
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Kau kau, pronounced "cow cow," means "food," or
"meal" in Hawaiian pidgin. It is also used to mean "to
eat," as in "let's go kau kau" - "let's go eat."
The Kau Kau Kitchen™ cooking column and books have been popular in Hawai`i
since the first column (right) appeared in the Hawai`i Tribune Herald in 1983.
Though it no longer appears in print media, Leilehua still receives
requests for Kau Kau Kitchen™ books and other products. She is planning
to bring back the entire line of Kau Kau Kitchen™ products. Bookmark and
return to this site for updates!
`Ai - The Mountain Apple
Dad’s `ohi`a `ai is covered in little tiny fruits, bringing to mind the many
past harvesting seasons – sometimes two, three, or even (one time) four in a
year from that prolific tree. He ono kela! So sweet, crispy, juicy – I munch
away as I harvest, the wai running down my chin, across my hand and off my
The fruit does not last long on the shelf, or ship
well, so it remains a special seasonal treat available, for those who do not
have their own tree, from the yards of friends and family, and in the farmers’
`Ohi`a `ai is an early Polynesian-introduction to
Hawai`i. Thought to have originated in Malaysia, it is now found throughout much
of south-east Asia and Polynesia. Botanically, it is identified as Syzygium
malaccense. It has many local names, due to its early and widespread
distribution. Among the more common names are mountain apple, Malay
apple, water apple, wax apple, jambu,
darsana, and in Tahiti it is the ahia – very similar word to our
own `ohi`a `ai.
Read more . . .
I inherited my Sanyo 10-cup rice
cooker when I moved into the old family home in which my grandparents
had lived. I found it while cleaning out one of the kitchen cabinets.
Cobwebbed and dusty, I was sure it would be added to the huge pile of
broken appliances and other detritus a home which has sheltered the same
family for 75 years tends to collect.
Still, not one to throw away something that could
possibly have a use, I sprayed Simple Green on layer after layer of
grime, finally revealing the white paint and black plastic handles. Brillo,
and then 000 steel wool pads restored the shine on the aluminum pot. I
filled the pot with water and set it in the cooker, uncoiled the old
cord, and finally, one finger hovering over the "kill switch" on my
power strip, plugged it in.
It worked perfectly. I poured out the water and made a
pot of rice.
I have no idea when it was purchased, but the worn
paint and plastic, dinged pot, and scarred lid would indicate some years
of heavy use.
When I was growing up in that house, we did not have a
rice cooker. We had a rice pot, a big, heavy aluminum pot Nana, my
grandmother, would pour the appropriate amount of rice into. I then had
the nightly chore of washing the rice and adding the correct amount of
water - place the tip of my thumb on the rice and add water until the
knuckle was covered. The pot was then simmered until the water was gone,
and a glossy lumpy surface showed on the rice. The fire was then turned
off, the lid replaced, and the rice allowed to steam. After the rice had
been served, a crispy golden brown layer was carefully peeled off the
bottom of the pot and reserved for Tutu, my grandfather. That was papa`a
(toasted) rice. It was a very special treat.
Some time after I left home, obviously, my Nana acquired
a rice cooker. Read
more. . .
one of the world's great staples, is celebrated in art, as well as on
the platter. Click on the image at left to enjoy some tasty posters of a global
a game and help feed people! The vocabulary game at
www.FreeRice.com is fun for the
whole family, and is a great way to develop your child's (and your own!)
vocabulary has tremendous benefits.
It can help you:
your ideas better
better papers, emails and business letters
- Speak more
precisely and persuasively
more of what you read
faster because you comprehend better
- Get better
grades in high school, college and graduate school
higher on tests like the SAT, GRE, LSAT and GMAT
better at job interviews and conferences
yourself, your services, and your products better
- Be more
effective and successful at your job
After you have
done FreeRice for a while, you may notice an odd
phenomenon. Words that you have never consciously used
before will begin to pop into your head while you are
speaking or writing. You will feel yourself
using and knowing more words.
Help yourself and help others - play the vocabulary game