BBQ Beer Brined Hawaiian Chicken

In the beginning of June, my coworkers (James and Paul) and I created a BBQ Club called the South Bay Backyard BBQ Crew.  The purpose of the club is to bring BBQ enthusiasts together to eat good BBQ, share BBQ recipes and grilling tips/tricks, and show off the delicious BBQ the crew makes.  To help... Continue Reading →

Hawaiian BBQ Sauce

I recently barbecued some skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs and legs on my Weber Charcoal Grill and wanted to make a flavorful BBQ sauce to brush onto the chicken pieces.  Using just ingredients in my pantry, I created my own Hawaiian BBQ Sauce.  Pineapple juice was definitely the star ingredient in this BBQ sauce. The bursting... Continue Reading →

Chicken Adobo

Known to a few of my friends and family as Chicken "Ado-Bao," this is my take on a Filipino and Hawaiian classic, Chicken Adobo. A few years ago, I started to notice that Chicken Adobo was served at the majority of Filipino Parties I've attended. I asked a dear friend of mine to teach me... Continue Reading →

Hawaiian Kalua Pork

I love Luaus.  Besides the beautiful Hula Dancing, my favorite attraction at every Luau is the Imu Ceremony.  During the Imu Ceremony, a few buff Islanders present the slow roasted pig from a traditional underground oven called an Imu.  The crowd claps, cheers, and goes crazy when they see a smoking pig unearthed from the... Continue Reading →

Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp

One of my all time favorite things to eat when traveling to Oahu is the plump, succulent, and fresh Shrimp.  These jumbo shrimp are caught fresh and smothered in a rich buttery and garlicky sauce.  I've noticed that each place prepares this dish slightly different all over the island.  For example, Ted's Bakery, in North... Continue Reading →

Ultimate Loco Moco

Over 4 1/2 years ago, I posted a simplistic Loco Moco recipe on the blog that my buddies and I enjoyed together. Unfortunately, I was new to blogging at that time and for some reason, the recipe was linked to a different blog and the page isn't there anymore.  I do remember the recipe being... Continue Reading →


Did you know the "Ton" in tonkatsu means pork? If yes, maybe I was the only one who didn't know this.  I always wondered why it wasn't called Pork Katsu like the chicken version is called Chicken Katsu.Anyway, I enjoyed making tonkatsu because I had all the ingredients in my pantry and this took me... Continue Reading →

Loco Moco

Loco Moco is one of my favorite Hawaiian dishes ever.  The first time I tried a Loco Moco and fell in love was at Hukilau in San Jose.  The hamburger patty was perfectly seasoned and juicy – topped with a sunny side up egg and smothered with gravy over rice.  I especially like breaking the... Continue Reading →

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