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Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

Poké is an Hawaiian dish of seasoned raw fish. By itself it is not a full meal, it needs a starch and vegetable side dishes. Normally, I would set these each out in separate bowls, so my diners could take as much or as little as they wanted of each item. However this time I thought I would get a bit fancier. I decided to turn this meal into a Japanese-Hawaiian fusion as a poké chirashi sushi—scatter sushi. Chirashi sushi is sushi rice with various ingredients attractively scattered over and around it.

Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

Karl’s Poké Chirashi Sushi

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Chris’ Poké

Poké is an Hawaiian dish of seasoned raw fish. I have hesitated to make poké as a main dish, because of the expense of buying enough sushi grade ahi from the local Japanese markets for a good sized serving for each of five people. I found an inexpensive source for ahi at my friendly local Hawaiian market—Kumar’s Island Market. I ended up buying 2 pounds. When I told my son-in-law Chris about this he asked me to save him a half a pound for his own poké recipe. Chris went to graduate school in Hawaii for three years, so he knows poké.

Chris’ Poké

Chris’ Poké

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Karl’s Poké

 Adapted from Kumar’s recipe

Poké is an Hawaiian dish of seasoned raw fish. By itself it is not a full meal —as I thought about it—I decided to turn mine into a Japanese-Hawaiian fusion as a poké chirashi sushi—scatter sushi. Chirashi sushi is sushi rice with various ingredients scattered over it.

Karl’s Poké

Karl’s Poké

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Karl’s  Hawaiian Lau Lau Pork

Last week, we were at a local restaurant that served lau lau pork (leaf leaf pork). Miriam bought a side dish of this and it was amazing. In reading about it, it appears that it is usually made with both fish and pork, but the restaurant and many of the recipes I found on-line replace the salted fish with soy sauce.

Karl’s Hawaiian Lau Lau Pork

Karl’s Hawaiian Lau Lau Pork

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Karl’s Spam Misubi

Spam Misubi is an Hawaiian-Japanese adaptation of a rice ball dating from WWII. Daughter Eilene loves them, but mother, Jan, will not allow Spam in the house. Jan is teaching a night class, so I thought I would make Eilene spam misubi for dinner.

Karl’s Spam Misubi

Karl’s Spam Misubi

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Karl’s Poke Onigiri

Last week, Jan and I went over the hill to Santa Cruz to visit her “new” brother. While we were there, we stopped by a large book store that was going out of business. The cookbook section was fairly picked over, but as I was perusing the fiction section I found a book Izakaya: Japanese Bar food—someone had obviously picked it up and then changed their mind, leaving it “where ever.” Their loss, my gain. This Sunday, I decided to make a Japanese bar style dinner.

Karl’s Poke Onigiri

Karl’s Poke Onigiri

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Karl’s Poke

I made this poke as a filling for my onigiri, but it could easily be served just as it is with maybe some steamed rice.

Karl’s Poke

Karl’s Poke

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Karl’s Hawaiian Ham Steak

Today, as I was thinking about making a ham steak, I was wondering what I could do that was new and different from the usual brown sugar, vinegar and clove glaze. I have settled on Asian coleslaw for my salad and a sweet potato and peanut soup as my starch. I also planned orange marmalade custard for desert. This is a bit unusual for me. Normally, I decide on what I will do with the main dish and that will lead me to my side dishes.

Karl’s Hawaiian Ham Steak

Karl’s Hawaiian Ham Steak

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