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Hawaiian Luau Rice

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.


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?


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



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 or maybe even or even

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 fried rice.

Hawaiian Luau Rice

I 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.

  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 6 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


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


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!

  • Eha

    ‘We are going to the hukilau,
    to the huki- to the huki- to the hukilau . . .
    Everybody loves the hukilau.
    Where the lau-lau is the kaukau at the big luau . . .’

    How’s that for one who just loves the Islands: how can you not when there is an ‘Eha Street’ on most of them 🙂 ! [And, yes, yes: I have probably made a mistake with the lyrics, but Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra way back when {well, they were older!} thought I danced it best!!!!]. A fun recipe on a Sunday afternoon: thank you Bobbi!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      That was lovely Eha! I can almost imagine you in a grass skirt and flower lei singing your little heart out with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. A great way to start out the weekend. Take Care, BAM

  • Haven’t heard about Hawaiian Luau Rice before. Interesting. Sounds a little like Hawaiian pizza, ham and pineapple.

  • Oh my gosh I HAVE TO MAKE THIS. It looks so delicious and looking at your photos I can almost taste it! Beautiful

  • The dish looks very summer and tropical and definitely something to brighten up a dull day. Wish you have a great Sunday.

  • Hi Bobbi, I’ve been known to wear a grass skirt once or twice in my life, but no coconut bras… I imagine then to be quite uncomfortable, and honestly, I think they would do a much better job as bowls for this AMAZING rice! Thanks for sharing, yum!

  • You managed to step over the rain Bam! Endless rainy or humid days are just plain annoying. This is a wonderful rice dish!

  • Sop pleased you have some sunshine now Bam. LOVE the rice recipe, the wine…not so much.
    Have a happy week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  • Eeeeek snake bile! No thank you! On the other hand yes please to luau, ham and pineapple are e perfect combination. Yum!

  • This looks delicious–a great summer dish!

  • Love your postings and being able to get glimpses of life in Hong Kong 🙂 And your fried rice looks so tempting — definitely helps to take you away from all that rainy weather!

  • I’m delighted to say I’ve never heard of, much less tasted, snake bile wine! I think I’ll pass on that. But I won’t pass on this great rice dish! I’ve made something similar in the past, and it’s really good. Love the photos, the closeup in particular (I’m a sucker for closeups). Fun post, and I’m glad the weather seems to be drying out.

    • I was almost sure John, that you would take up the challenge with the snake bile wine. Maybe a cocktail? 😉


  • You have definitely excelled with the ingredient list here!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I’ll take the rice dish any day before the snake bile wine. 🙂 Do they make extra large coconuts? If so, I’m in!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Maureen, you are so funny. I really can’t believe people really drink this snake bile wine. The thought of it gets my gag reflux going. I am most certain they have extra large coconuts and will start you off with a pina colada while we make the rice.

  • Jo (

    It’s been cold and rainy for a couple, three days here, too. This dish sounds like the perfect thing to snuggle up with a blanket on the couch with and nibble on… 🙂 xo

  • Looks delicious!! I think we have taken all the nice weather from you…we have been so lucky this summer!!

  • Oh wow, Bam! That is so beautiful looking, I HAVE to make it. I love rice and I love dreaming about Hawaii. I’ve been to Kauai many times and it’s heavenly. Thanks for the great idea and inspiring photos.

  • Never heard of this dish before I love to try different recipes with stale rice. This dish is definitely of my interest .
    My neighbours just came back from their vacation from Hong Kong and she was telling me about the beautifully crafted Chinese boats. I am sure she was talking about sampan ride.

  • I love the sweet and savoury mix (and I always always love fried rice of any kind !)

  • Eha

    No grass skirt! Lei, yes!! Danced, not sang 🙂 ! Giggles: one ‘made a pass’, the other looked in his glass . . . oops 🙂 !

    . . . and we throw our nets out into the sea,
    and all the amma amma come swimming to me . . .

  • It really is annoying when it keeps raining, isn’t it? I hope the weather will clear up soon on your side! I love fried rice, and yours look so colourful and delicious! Will definitely try your variation soon!

  • Pineapple and cooconut in fried rice is so innovative and I can imagine how delicious it is!

  • The coconut oil makes it very tropical! Our sideways rain is in the middle of winter here 🙂

  • Oh this just screams SUMMER! I love this rice dish..I bet it’s amazing. Snake bile wine?? OH boy!

  • Loving the tropical rice Bam! I wish it was raining here, I could take a break for the heat.


  • This is such a flavourful dish, Bam! I used to live in HK when I was a child, & still visit the place every few years. Seeing your shots make me wanna book a tix & fly there now. Lol!

  • Ahhh, you just took me to the tropical island of Hawaii! Love the look of your dish and the addition of pineapple sounds scrumptious! Beautiful photos, Bam! Hope the rain is clearing.

  • I think I missed most of the rain when I visited Hong Kong in May a few years ago. One of my very favorite cities in the world. I’ve pinned this recipe to my food pinterest board. I could use some tropical flavor in Colorado. 🙂

  • I will take a virtual vacation to Hawaii any day of the week – rain or shine Bam! This is a great recipe. I’ve never made this before, or even thought to make it. But we all really enjoyed it in Hawaii. What a great way to bring some memories home. 🙂

  • This looks delicious! A twist on the usual variations of fried rice we have. I am sure it puts you right in the mood for a vacation!

  • Never thought of adding coconut to my fried rice, must do so next time I make fried rice.

  • Oishiso! I had never added coconut in the rice even though I love coconut so much! I’d love to make this one day in the near future!

  • Kumar’s Kitchen

    delicious rice,will surely make the day sunny with its colors 🙂

  • Liz

    Hahaha…such a cute post. Glad you’re seeing a bit of sun! And your rice looks terrific!

  • Buona sera, BAM! 2 weeks of rain? Ugh! Sideways rain? Double ugh! I really do need to start making extra rice or ordering a 2nd portion when I call for Chinese take-away. I would enjoy both dishes — your Hawaiian Luau & Pantry Fried rice — and I have to get with the program.
    Now, BAM, I’ll do just about anything for you but I draw the line just this side of wearing a coconut bra. 🙂

  • Yes! I love pineapple and rice.I have a recipe for pina colada rice pudding on my site. This, with griled pineapple , looks wonderful as a side .Just Wonderful!

  • I enjoy rice but never like to eat it because it always gets old to me. I will definitely have to try these flavors in my rice. AMAZING

  • I wouldn’t want to ride in a sampan during bad weather but I would love having your Hawaiian rice in good or bad weather. 🙂

  • Snake bile wine? Ha ha! Meanwhile, BAM this rice sounds more like a dessert with all its sweetness.

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Beautiful rice dish Bobbi! Love the idea of pineapple, coconut and ham in here. Not so sure about the snake wine though… Have a great weekend! 🙂

  • I still remember those seems to be “non-stop” rainy days in HKG during those summer months! This Hawaiian Luau Rice certainly brings on the sunshine and a big smile to my face. 🙂 I’m not a big fan of those dried salty fish, but my hubby is. 😛 But I can surely say that we both would say “no thank you” to that wine! LOL…

  • I love this version of Hawaiian Rice! And I agree it’s raining almost every afternoon in our part of the world…

  • I’d love to pour myself a Mai Tai and eat some of this rice! Yum! We’ve had an excessive amount of rain too 🙁

  • Coconut and rice – this looks yummy.
    Hong Kong is an amazing experience. I flew in for a few days on my way to Bangkok (over 20 years ago) but would like to visit again with a greater appreciation and desire to explore the food. I was practically vegan at the time and not very adventurous.

  • My daughter would love this, she loves anything with pineapples

  • I am reminded so much of my trip to the Philippines last May after I read your post. We always enjoyed the food in Hongkong when we travelled there and your Hawaiian luau rice is one of the things we love when in Asia. You just inspired me to make some. Bookmarked this! Thanks for sharing, Bam!

  • Hi Bams, your Hawaiian Luah rice look delicious, very appetizing one pot meal. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Have a nice day.

  • This looks so fresh and summery and gorgeous! Love the Citrus Salmon suggestion. You are making me so hungry!
    Side note: What on earth is Snake Bile Wine?

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Heather! I don’t think you or I really want to know what snake bile wine is, so lets just have another Chardonnay instead. Have a super week. BAM

  • h

    Just made this and yummmmmmmmm!!! I did add a pinch of salt and it was killer good. Thanks for sharing!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am so glad you enjoyed this simple recipe. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Take Care, BAM

  • Was looking at HI fried rice variations and yours popped up. Great mix of ingredients. I have always used sticky rice rather than basmati, so I’m eager to try this….

  • Donna LaDuke

    I am looking forward to making this when in florida with fresh coconut that I wait to fall off the tree. Would the process for this be to scrap out the coconut, then grate it? Thank you for the reply and great looking recipe

    • Bams Kitchen

      Fresh coconut would be lovely and even better than the products you can get in the grocery store. If you can scrape out some of the meat of the coconut, roughly chop and then just gently toast in a pan, it would be perfect. It does not necessarily have to be grated as that added texture and crunch would be really nice. Thank so much for stopping by Bam’s Kitchen and have a super day!

  • Rachael

    This sounds amazing! I don’t have chicken powder and have never heard of it. Anything I could use instead? I have a chicken broth paste, but I’m not sure how to use that instead.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Rachael, thanks for stopping by Bam’s Kitchen. Chicken powder is chicken bouillon in a powdered form. In stir fried rice, the goal is to keep the rice really dry so maybe you could add the chicken paste and add to the bottom of the pan to break up and then mix in with the rice but do not add any water to the rice. (I am all about using what you have in your pantry) Alternatively, if unable to find the chicken powder is purchase the chicken/vegan bouillon cubes and just pound it into granules and add to the Hawaiian Luau rice. Wishing you a super week!

  • Elizabeth

    Fantastic!!!! I made this today for a pig roast luau we were invited to for a 4th of July celebration. Huge hit, I made enough for about 30 people and it was practically all gone! Great taste, great recipe!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks so much for stopping by Bam’s Kitchen and I am delighted to hear that our Hawaiian Luau Rice was a hit at your 4th of July celebration. Wow, you made a pretty batch!!! Good for you!

      Wishing you and your family and very safe and happy holiday weekend.

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  • mary

    Sounds good, what the heck is chicken powder?

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Todd and Mary, thanks so much for stopping by. Chicken powder is the powdered form of chicken bouillon. The powdered form works best as it is easy to adjust to your liking and it mixes easily with fried rice. If you do not have chicken bouillon powder, you can crush a chicken bouillon cube and add to your liking or just season well with salt and white pepper. Have a super day!

      • Mary

        Thank you so much! I definitely have bouillon – Ive just never heard it called chicken powder before 🙂 can’t wait to make the rice! Sounds delicious!

  • Josephine

    Perfect dish for A rainy day. Great.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Josephine! We have had plenty of rain here in Hong Kong but today it is finally sunny. Wishing you a very sunny and happy day. Take care

  • Kim

    I made your wonderful recipe last night for a luau party (in Georgia). Everyone loved it, including my garden clubs pickiest eater.

    I did add a little more coconut oil, pepper, and chicken powder, but not much. Thanks again. This is a keeper.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Dear Kim, I am delighted to hear that everyone loved the Hawaiian Luau rice. Wishing you a super week.

  • Claudia

    The ginger in your luau rice, is it fresh or powdered? Thank you, can’t wait to make it!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Claudia, I used 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger but you can also exchange with about 1/4 teaspoon of dried ground ginger. Thanks for your question. I will adjust the recipe to clarify this ingredient. You can adjust this amount to your liking. Wishing you a super day.

  • donnaq

    This is really delish! I made it today, presicely as instructed, with fresh crushed garlic and ginger, but that I used fresh rice, not cold/day old rice. The key in my opinion, is the toasted coconut. I do not use “flakes” but is an Asian market classic called “Dessicated Coconut” (the texture is of fine bread crumbs). The toasted coconut smells delicious but has the taste of a true nut, so you aren’t going to get a candy bar or tanning oil flavor. Everyone ate whatever I gave them and a little more. Really, really fun and I can’t wait to make this again with my Hawaiian Chicken with pineapple juice, Shoyu and ketchup plus spices.

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am delighted you liked this recipe. Dessicated coconut is a great alternative. I bet your Hawaiian chicken with pineapple juice was a huge hit. Wishing you a super day. Take Care

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