Kau Kau Kitchen
by Leilehua Yuen
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." You'll seldom find "Pacific Rim Cuisine" here - mostly just good home-cookin', island style.
Uncle's Huevos Rancheros Paniola
This recipe comes from an old cowboy friend of my dad. I only ever called him "Uncle." He was Mexican/Hawaiian.
As many eggs and corn tortillas as you have paniolas (cowboys)
Toss the slab of bacon fat into a huge skillet and set it over the fire. Slide the fat around to coat the skillet. While the skillet is greasing up, mince the bell peppers and tomatoes. Mince the green onion tops. Grate the cheese. Pull the fat when you have a good coating. Put as many tortills in the skillet as will fit. Put a big glob of refried beans on each tortilla. Smoosh a dent in the middle of each. Crack an egg into the dent. Sprinkle with cheese, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers. Cover until the eggs set. Serve, and reload the skillet. Continue until all paniola are fed.
Serve the Huevos Rancheros with Chili Pepper Water
Hawaiian Chili pepper Water
2 cups water
Clean the peppers. Mince about half of them very fine. Add a pinch of salt to the minced peppers and mash them with the salt. Put in a heat proof container, like a Pyrex jar. Add the whole peppers. Pour the vinegar and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Pour over peppers. Bottle and let cool.
25 pounds chuck steaks or other inexpensive beef cut
Cut the pipi into strips, about an inch thick and as long as your smoker can handle. Mince all of the spices. Add them and the marmalade to the shoyu. Soak the meat at least overnight (I usually go about a week), turning it twice daily. You can also put the pipi and the sauce into containers and freeze until you are ready to smoke it.
Following the instructons in your smoker, dry and smoke the pipi kaula until it is as dry as you like. Store frozen.
This is good cut into small strips or minced for fried rice, omlets, to sprinkle over potatoes, or any other way you would use bacon or dry smoked meat.
Learn about Mexican Food at http://MexicanFood.about.com.