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Sarah is getting ready to dig into her clam chowder at Merriman's Honolulu.
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Dinner With A Friend At Merriman’s Honolulu

If you’re in the Kakaako area in Honolulu and looking for somewhere trendy and hip to eat, Merriman’s Honolulu is a good place to hit up. A friend wanted to

Crispy banana lumpia ready to eat!
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Banana Lumpia (Sugar-Free)

When you look at banana lumpia recipes, it’s difficult to make because it requires a certain kind of banana. But if you’re in Hawaii, you’ll come across these bananas quite

Deliciously soft and sweet kabocha is very easy to eat.
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Pan-Fried Kabocha (Japanese Pumpkin)

Kabocha may be gaining in popularity in recent years as a health food, but our family has been eating them since I was kid. It’s a tasty sweet treat at

One of my favorites: salt and pepper shrimp that's so crispy you can eat the shell and tail!
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Salt And Pepper Shrimp

I’m not a huge shrimp fan, but I love deep-fried shrimp that leaves the shell so crunchy that you can eat it. My Mom’s salt and pepper shrimp recipe is

Fried zucchini on a plate. Hawaii recipes, living in Hawaii, things to do in Hawaii.
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Fried Zucchini With Panko

I’ve been growing cocozelle zucchini in my backyard aquaponics system, which has provided my family with several wonderful dinners so far. The cocozelle zucchini is a slighty nutty and flavorful

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Mapo Tofu With Italian Sausage

When you’ve got 2 Asian-American kids, sometimes you have to cater to their American tastes when it comes to ethnic foods. Although Michael and I will happily eat traditional mapo

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Fried Chicken With Local $5 Whole Chicken

COVID-19 has made meat prices go up so Mom has kept an eye out for good deals on meat. She found some local chicken from 50th State Poultry, Inc for

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Beef Broccoli Stir Fry

There’s something about Panda Express’ beef broccoli that always convinces me to include it in my order. When my family has no time to cook, or we’re just feeling tired,

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No MSG Takuan

Ah, takuan – those teeny, tiny, delightfully crunchy pieces of bright yellow radish that we can never get enough of in a Japanese bento. Usually restaurants only include one takuan

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Hot And Sour Green Cabbage

Fast and easy side dishes are wonderful. They use simple ingredients that are often left over and can be prepped in just a few minutes. Green cabbage is one of

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Salted Pork Belly

Mom really loves her YouTube Time and with COVID-19 restricting our out-of-the-house entertainment, she’s been watching Chinese-speaking YouTubers cook nonstop. Her favorite videos are the ones way out in the

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Chicken Katsu Don

When I lived in Japan, I ate a lot of donburi – Japanese rice bowls topped with meat and vegetables. But when you think of the “original” donburi, oyako don

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Meat Jun

If you’re a fan of Korean food, then you’ve probably eaten Korean pancakes or “jeon”. In Hawaii, you’ll find meat jun at any Korean plate lunch restaurant. These thin pieces

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Somen Noodles

It’s summer in Hawaii (yes, we have a summer) and it’s getting hot and humid these days! The trade winds have skipped town and Mom suggested cold somen noodles for

Namasu with stevia
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Sugar-Free Namasu

My family (and extended family) love to eat namasu. It’s a pretty healthy side dish that’s both pleasing to the eye and matches well with most main dishes. Namasu especially

Mochiko chicken with Stevia
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Sugar-Free Mochiko Chicken

There are a lot of great mochiko chicken recipes out there, so this time Mom decided to cut out any added sugar and use Stevia and honey instead. The honey

Marinated BBQ Kalbi
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Marinated BBQ Kalbi

Mom loves to go all out when it’s our birthday and everyone knows that my brother loves his kalbi. Commonly known as short ribs, here in Hawaii we call it

Japchae
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Japchae

Japchae is an interesting dish in Hawaii. You’ll usually find it as a side dish at our local Korean BBQ plate lunch spots. A lot of people love to eat

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Shoyu And Tofu Whole Fish With Ginger

According to Mom who grew up in Taiwan, it was common to hear that a mother-in-law would test the kitchen skills of her future daughter-in-law by requesting a fish to

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Daikon Kimchi

Daikon kimchee is a family favorite, but if you were to ask my Dad, he adores this recipe. He eats it at dinner every night and uses the spicy sauce

Green beans stir fry
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Green Beans Stir Fry

Our green bean plants have been doing really well these past few days. So well in fact, they’re growing faster than we can eat them! Usually, Mom makes a green

Korean Chicken
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Korean Chicken

Probably my #1 favorite fried chicken dish by my Mom is her Korean Chicken. Korean chicken in Hawaii refers to a very specific dish. Deep-fried chicken that has been dipped

Pork, green beans and carrots stir fry
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Pork, Green Beans And Carrots Stir Fry

Green beans grow well in Hawaii especially in our yard. This year Mom has harvested from this particular crop several times over and is letting the last few beans grow

Sayote kimchee
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Sayote Kimchi

You can “kimchi” all kinds of vegetables and Mom tried it out with sayote thinking it would just be a fun project at being creative. But it turned out fantastic!

Pickled sayote
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Pickled Sayote

Pickled mango is popular in Hawaii. I grew up with it as a childhood treat and even my Dad and Grandpa have memories eating them. While sayote is not commonly

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