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Hawaiian Luau Rice

July 28, 2013

Hawaiian Luau Rice is a little sweet, a little savory and little bit tropical and the perfect cure for the dog days of summer.

Hawaiian Luau Rice

We have had about 2 weeks of non-stop rain in Hong Kong. Sideways rain is the worst, especially when waiting for the bus. Men in business suits with their trousers sticking to their legs and women who thought is was a good idea to wear a white blouse are now thinking twice about their fashion choices on rainy days. However today, I see for the first time a little blue sky and break in the clouds.

Here is a view from inside a sampan riding near the Aberdeen fishing village. As you can see the sky is still pretty cloudy but occasionally there is a little bit of blue shining through.

Aberdeen

Have you even had a ride in a sampan boat? Well lets put it this way, you are in a mighty little boat compared to all of those big cargo ships and if you are prone to seasickness then this is not your mode of transport. Are you in need of any dried fish parts for your recipes?

Aberdeen

How about some wine to settle your stomach for the sampan ride?

Aberdeen

Aberdeen

I thought not so lets get on with the recipe...

Hawaiian Luau Rice

Sometimes, I need to close my eyes and think of a happy place in order to make these dull and rainy days go away. That happy place is always some place warm and tropical with white sand beaches, clear water, and plenty of sunshine. Having your own virtual vacation to Hawaii, is the perfect cure for those long dog rainy days. So crack out those coconut bras and grass skirts and lets get cooking.

Hawaiian Luau Rice

Hawaiian Luau rice is a fun and easy tropical side dish that goes perfect with fish, chicken or just by itself. You can go on your own mini little vacation right here in your own kitchen. If it helps set the mood, put on a little Jimmy Buffett music and pour yourself a Mai Tai and have a little luau.

Hawaiian Luau Rice

Hawaiian Luau Rice is a little sweet, a little savory and little bit tropical and the perfect cure for the dog days of summer. This is a great little dish to bring for a dish to pass at a gathering or for your own gathering at home as it really is a nice accompaniment to so many dishes such. If you are looking for a main dish to go with your Hawaiian Luau rice, please check out Sensational Summer Citrus Salmon  or maybe even our Tropical Spa Mango Chicken or even our Peking Glazed Beer Butt Chicken .

You are also going to love this Lemon Rice recipe from Masala Herb with a fantastic step by step video.

Hawaiian Luau Rice

Hawaiian Luau rice is always best cooked with day old long basmati rice. Please take a click here to gather the basic concepts of making Pantry Fried Rice.

Hawaiian Luau Rice

We just made another bowl this mid morning as was having a craving and this time made with "red rice" instead of basmati. It was mighty fine. Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend.

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Hawaiian Luau Rice

By HWC Magazine  , , , , , ,

July 28, 2013

Hawaiian Luau Rice is a little sweet, a little savory and little bit tropical and the perfect cure for the dog days of summer.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients

basmati rice - 2 cups

water - 2 cups

coconut oil - 2-3 tablespoons (your rice will really soak up the coconut oil quickly so use a non-stick pan)

onion - 1 small chopped or about 1/2 cup

ginger - 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (or can substitute with 1/4 teaspoon dried ground)

garlic - 2 cloves chopped

ham - 1/2 cup sliced thinly ( I used deli ham but you can exchange with spam or fresh ham)

desiccated coconut - 1/2 cup shredded (Can use fresh coconut shredded)

chicken powder (gluten free) - 1-2 teaspoons to taste (this is chicken bouillon in the powdered form) - you can also use chicken bouillon cubes and just crush into a powder and you can add to taste.

white pepper - 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

pineapple - 1 cup chopped fresh (can exchange with canned)

macadamia nuts - crushed garnish optional for the topping

green onions - 2 tablespoons chopped for garnish

Directions

1Step 1A: The day or two before, wash your rice thoroughly add 2 cups of rice and 2 cups of water to your pan and cook on stove top or steamer. Allow rice to completely cool and place in the refrigerator over night.

2Toast your coconut in a non-stick skillet until in is toasty brown. Set aside.

3Place your coconut oil, onions, garlic, ginger in the pan until aromatic. Add the ham and cook quickly until lightly golden.

4Add your cooked basmati rice, chicken powder and white pepper and mix quickly in your pan until all of the rice is covered evenly with the coconut oil and seasoning. Add the pineapple, green onions and toasted coconut back into the pan and continue stirring quickly, just until warmed. Reserve a little toasted coconut on the side for garnishing.

5Serve on plate and garnish with toasted crushed macademia nuts, toasted coconut and green onions. Enjoy!

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