Da’ Makule Tako Hunters of Kalihi: Diner “Saimin Kaukau” E (left) & best friend Andy M. (right)
OK, Pomai went ask me if I like blog something for da’ Tasty Island, and I said “SHOOTS Brah!” But I not going talk about places that I like to eat, ’cause most of the places he went blog is places that I told him fo’ go!
But first I guess you guys like know little bit about me, “Diner E”, a.k.a. “Saimin Kaukau”; one spin on Simon Cowell, ’cause I stay hosh (harsh) wit’ my SPAM Musubi ratings. You say 5, I say tree. LOL!!!
“E” is for Edmund or Eddie or Ed. Born and raised in Kalihi Valley on Kalihi Street, Kalihi Uka Elem’, Dole Intermediate, and of course, a Farrington Gov’. Always had good places to eat in Kalihi. Some places are gone, some still stay, and get some new place to find and try eat! But enough about me… my HEAD GETTING BIG!
Anyway, I like tell you folks about a fishing tale that happened last summer. I like to go Tako diving, and I usually go with my buddy Andy M. to the Windward side for dive. One of those days was pretty junk when we went looking for Tako.
My wife is filipino, and she no like Tako, always telling me to catch fish instead. I like to catch Tako ’cause I can just stand up when I get tired (shallow water LOL!). But you gotta’ either dive deep or dive under the rocks for poke fish, which, I get hard time stay down ’cause I stay too buoyant.
Cleaned and salted To’au (Blacktail Snapper)
Well, when I was looking for Tako that one day, I saw one big To’au (Blacktail Snapper) — maybe a pound or pound & a half — on a hook, stuck on the bottom of the rocks that looked like a fisherman’s lost catch… and my score! The water was pretty cold that morning and the fish was still fresh, but dead. However, the eye was still clear, so it was OK for eat. So I took ’um home and told my wife I went catch’um…hehehehehe! I never like tell her I found ’um stuck in the rocks! Would you? Hehehehe!
So I went steam ’um for her that night, using Sam Choy’s cook book, as you can see a little of the book in the picture…
After I went clean ’um, I went rub da’ To’au with Hawaiian salt and cut up some ginger and green onions, then did a shoyu and sugar mix (eyeball style, no measure). Then put da’ buggah’ in da’ wok and steam for about 30 minutes…
To’au, in da; Wok, ready for cook!
Den’ when it was pau, I poured hot oil over da’ fish, with some more green onions.
Diner “Saimin Kaukau” E’s Steamed “small ‘kine borrowed” To’au (’cause nevah get Tako LOL!)
My wife was really happy and enjoyed eating the fish, prepared local style. It was the first time for her for eat one To’au, ’cause she usually eat fried Bangus or Tilapia LOL! But now I stay in trouble, ’cause now she expect me for catch fish when I go diving for Tako. AUWE!!!
Thanks Pomai for letting me try be one guest blogger!
Diner “Saimin Kaukau” E
He’e (Hawaiian for Octopus)
Some of the Tako I caught on one dive, Lomi Lomi with some Whiskey (Chivas Regal) & Hawaiian Salt, cook ‘um with coconut milk, then!…
Kalihi Tako Hunter Diner “Saimin Kaukau” E’s Tako Poke
Cut the Tako up, add some onions, tomatoes, chili pepper (Pizza Hut), Shoyu, Sesame oil and green onions & mix ‘um up! BAM!!!! Tako Poke, Eddie Style!!!
P.S. (this is Pomai writing now)
He’ah stay some Smoke Tako Diner E’s friend Andy M. wen’ make couple weekends ago…
Brah, da’ sucka’ waz supah tendah! Not da’ kine “bubboh gum” ‘kine Tako. Da’ seasoning was supah simple… wen’ taste like jus’ had hawaiian salt and small kine Hawaiian chili peppah. Da’ trick is, he wen’ stay put jus’ da’ right amount of salt. Not da’ kine get stroke, or no mo’ flavah. Jus’ right! Maybe had little bit shoyu, but not too strong. Nevah get sugah. Smoke levels was perps (perfect); not too smokey, not too plain. Cherry, strawberry. lol
Solid 5 SPAM Musubi from me for braddah Andy’s supah simple, supah tasty, supah tendah’ Smoke Tako. Dinah “Saimin Kaukau” E prolly (probably) geeve ‘em 4. lol
Finally, Andy M. wen’ make some Hawaiian ‘kine grindz for his house warming party da’ odda’ weekend, and wen’ stay get so much choke grindz, Diner E. brought some fo’ share at da’ office, including Andy M’s own recipe fo’ Squid Luau…
Andy M.’s Squid Luau
You know da’ kine Chicken or Squid Luau usually get at big parties, no mo’ ‘dat much meat, eh? Brah, coming from one Tako huntah, ‘dis buggah had CHOKE Tako meat! Was mo’ like squid stew jus’ so happen wen’ get Luau leaves mix inside. lol
Da’ Luau leaves wen’ stay was cooked perfect, wen stay supah soft ‘n tendah, jus’ like da’ tako. Also, da’ coconut milk wasn’t da’ sweet ‘kine, ‘tank God. One ‘ting I no can stand is Squid Luau das’ too sweet. ‘Dis buggah was jus’ right for coconut flavah and seasoning! Also, wasn’t watery, da’ buggah was nice ‘n tick!
One nodda’ 5 SPAM Musubi for Andy’s Squid Luau. Broke da’ mout’ winnahz!
Diner E also brought some leftover Kalua Pig and Chicken Long Rice Andy made…
You probably stay ‘tinking, “Is that peas and carrots in the Chicken Long Rice?”. Also, “Why is it red? Is there also tomato paste in in?” Rogah ‘dat, on all ‘tree guesstimitations. And you know what? Da’ buggah was’ ono! I still raddah have da’ classic Chicken Long Rice ‘with jus’ gingah and green onion on top stay inside, laddat. But dis’ “Err’ding plus da’ Kitchen Sink” version’zes wen’ stay ono laddat, too! Oh, and Andy’s Kalua Pig? Braddah Cuz! One of da’ bes’ I wen’ evah taste! Next to my own, of course!