All Things Foodie

Chicken Miyabi

One of my favorite dishes my mom makes is called Chicken Miyabi. Whenever I go back home, my friends all seem to become available for dinner so my mother can feed us all this delicious chicken. It is a win win for everyone since my mom loves to feed people and my friends only get to eat this specialty when I am in town.

My mom originally learned how to make this dish from my Auntie Joyce in Hawaii, where my mom was born and raised. I will post the steps below as well as photos, but am sadly not going to post the recipe. It is a family recipe and one that I prefer to keep secret and special. You start with fresh chicken breasts, cut into two inch cubes and lightly dredge them in flour. In the meantime, you prepare the sauce in which the chicken will take a short bath. It is a teriyaki sweet ginger sauce that simmers over low heat until ready for dipping. You will also need to prepare the oil for frying the chicken. We use two pans full of canola or vegetable oil at the right high heat. We lower about eight pieces of chicken in each pan and fry until they turn golden brown, while rotating them to ensure even cooking. Once the chicken is cooked through and the perfect golden brown color, my mom and I pull them out using tongs and soak them in the teriyaki sauce. The sauce is so deliciously absorbed into the crisp exterior flavoring the chicken in the perfect sweet sauce. We then place the chicken on paper towel lined plates to absorb the excess oil and keep the chicken crisp. We eat the chicken with white sticky rice and the combination is so good. It is not a seven course meal that is fancy, but rather the tastiest homemade meal of two things that will keep your taste buds craving more for weeks to come.

I was just home for the holidays and got to make this chicken with my mom and made great memories. It was as amazing as always and I promised to make it out here in LA so the people I care about most can try it.

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All Things Foodie

Papaya

I have been on a papaya kick lately where all I want to eat is the sweet, buttery fruit. My mom is from Honolulu, Hawaii and I was lucky enough to live there until I was 8 years old, so I have always had papaya fruit as a staple in my diet. It was understandably a little harder to come by in Nebraska though. 

Papaya is the fruit of the Carica papaya, native to the tropics of the Americas. The fruit is ripe when it is soft to the touch and the outer skin has changed from green to an amber or orange hue. The flesh inside the fruit is a rich orange color with either pink or yellow hues. Although papaya seeds are edible, they can be bitter in taste. I prefer to scrape them out gently with a spoon and discard them. I like the fruit best sliced in half and eaten with a spoon. 

There are many health benefits to consuming papaya. The fruit contains an enzyme called papain that helps digest proteins. It also is rich in carotenes, vitamin C, fiber, B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid, potassium, copper, and magnesium. These nutrients promote cardiovascular health, provide protection against colon cancer, and prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, which lowers it. 

Eating this beautiful delicious fruit reminds me of my childhood in Hawaii and my Grandma, my mom’s mom. She still eats one papaya every day. I prefer the Hawaiian papayas, they just taste sweeter to me, but I may be biased. Any way you get them, they are sure to be wonderful and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 

 

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Travel

Honolulu Hawaii

My mother was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was lucky enough to live in paradise until I moved to Nebraska when I was 8 years old. Or as the locals would say, I moved to the “Mainland.”

My memories of Hawaii are fond of the beach and all my favorite local foods. Hawaii is a piece of home to me.  Rough life, I know. Two of my most cherished places to go are Liliha Bakery and Ma’ema’e Elementary School.

Liliha Bakery serves the most light and fluffy pancakes at their well known pancake bar, which boasts a line out the door on most days. Don’t fret my pet, the line goes quickly and there are plenty of other delectable delights to go around. My three other favorite items on the menu are the Coco Puffs, which are cream puffs filled with rich chocolate pudding, the ladyfingers, and the blueberry corn muffins. These are the tastes of my childhood. The goodies are purchased in a deli counter fashion where the customer takes a number and waits for their number to be lit up in red and called out. My Popo, Chinese Grandmother, loves the chiffon cakes, so we always get her one and my sister, Megan loves the Ensemadas, which are sweet pastries.

http://www.lilihabakeryhawaii.com

Visiting my Elementary school, Ma’em’ae, is always a must. It reminds me of balmy Hawaiian days playing under the banyan trees and learning to hula for the school performances. The teachings of Hawaiian culture were embraced and celebrated. I have such warm memories of that time.

http://www.maemaeschool.com

The other must do for me is go to Lanikai Beach, which is ranked among the world’s best beaches and is known for it’s soft sands and aquamarine blue water. Lanikai means “heavenly sea,” which describes this beach perfectly. There are soft, onshore trade winds that cause a soft rippling in the water in the tide pools, which are perfect for children. Offshore reefs protect the beach and make the water ideal for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and sunbathing. The ideal way to end the day is to stop for Shave Ice.

Hope you all get to visit one of my homes away from home, Honolulu, Hawaii. Aloha!

 

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