Terry J. asks: “I once heard of a sort of moonshine that was made by locals on Maui from fermented pineapple. They may have called it swipe?” Writes Matthew Rowley in Rowley’s Whiskey Forge: “Swipes may sound like some modern cleaning product, but, in fact, the term refers to a style of intoxicating drinks from […]
What is a Göteborg musubi?
A Göteborg musubi is a scoop of rice nesting in the heat-formed “bowl” of a thin slice of Göteborg sausage (a.k.a. Swedish sausage). It is a food item that originated on the island of Kauai, and is also called “flying saucers” or “UFOs.” An example of Hawaii fusion cuisine, its origins likely go back to […]
How do you make a Spam musubi?
The spam musubi is an icon of local cuisine, and the subject of much curiosity (if not apprehension) among visitors and newcomers. Though a relatively new creation — perhaps as recently as the late ’80s — they’re ubiquitous today, and are sold practically everywhere. Musubi, basically shaped balls of rice, are a Japanese staple, and […]
Whatever happened to Chicken Alice’s?
Case Details: “In the 1980s, there use to be a small restaurant on Kapiolani Boulevard, near Ala Moana, called Chicken Alice’s. It was known for really spicy fried chicken. The place closed, but I remember you could still find the lady who made the chicken at a local bar or something. All I can find […]
How do you make chicken katsu?
Case Details: “Aloha! I recently moved away from Ewa Beach and now am back on the Mainland… I miss my chicken katsu from L&L! How do you make it?” I couldn’t find the L&L chicken katsu recipe on the web (though here is their lemon chicken recipe, courtesy the Star-Bulletin), but there are a bunch […]