Friday, January 05, 2007

Chicken Lu'au

tastes better than it looks

Basically I could just go out and pick everything in this dish. This island is rotten with wild chickens, but they are hard to catch (not that I have spent much time trying). There is taro everywhere and coconuts are so plentiful they actually kill more people at year than sharks do. True fact. I swear.

actual photo of a real sign. by Malcome.

This is a very hawaiian, traditional meal. There are premade frozen versions on all grocery stores.

Chicken Lu'au
6 cups frozen coconut milk
5-6 lbs either chicken thighs or cooked squid
4 tsp salt 6 cups water
9 lbs taro leaves (luau leaves)

Cooking Instructions:
Place chicken in pot with 3 tsp salt and 3 cups water. Simmer uncovered until tender. Remove bones and cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Set aside. (If using squid, cut into 1/2-inch pieces).

Wash taro leaves, remove stem and strip tough part of rib. Place leaves, 3 cups water, and 1 tsp salt in a deep saucepan. Simmer for 1 hr. Change water and cook 1 hour more until bitter "sting" is out of leaves. Squeeze out excess water. Add drained chicken or squid and coconut milk to cooked leaves. Heat thoroughly and serve immediately. Adjust flavor with salt.

This looked pretty disgusting during the cooking process. I was not happy at first, but add some hot sauce and you've got yourself a very hearty, healthy and satisfying meal.


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