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Breadfruit Cooking Contest 2011 Soup/Salad/Side Dish Recipes


1st Place Soup/Salad/Side Dish

'Ulu Salad

SOURCE: Nader "Nanoa" Parsia of Big Island Living on Oceanic 16

1 medium 'ulu
1 long Chinese cucumber
2 medium size tomatoes
1 avocado
2 Tahitian or Island limes
1/2 bunch Chinese parsley
1/2 Maui sweet onion
Kona Natural sea salt & freshly ground pepper - to taste
Olive oil - organic

Bake 'ulu at 350 degrees F for approximately 2 hours (make 3 -4 incisions about 2 inches long to prevent 'ulu from expanding).
Remove skin of cooled 'ulu and cut in half. Core and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Cut cucumber lengthwise into 4 slices, then chop into 1/2 inch cubes.
Cut 2 medium tomatoes and avocado in 1/2 inch cubes.
Squeeze juice of the Tahitian or island limes into small cup and set aside.
Chop finely 1/2 bunch of Chinese parsley and slice 1/2 the Maui onion in very fine slices.
Mix all ingredients gently in a large glass bowl and add the Kona salt and pepper. Drizzle with the organic olive oil and lime juice to desired taste.

YIELD: 6 or more servings

2nd Place Soup/Salad/Side Dish

Scalloped 'Ulu Cream of Coconut Herbes de Provence

Scalloped 'Ulu.

SOURCE: Garrett Kihara of Kailua-Kona 

2-1/2 pounds 'ulu - peeled, cut in quarters and parboiled
6 (6.8 ounces each) cartons UHT Natural unsweetened coconut cream
4 Tablespoons Herbes de Provence
2 Tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
In a mixing bowl mix coconut cream, sugar and Herbes de Provence.
With a mandolin slice 'ulu into thin slices.
Fold cream coconut mixture in to the sliced 'ulu.
Line a 12 x 15 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Place 'ulu slices in an overlapping line filling the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle 1/3 of a cup of Parmesan cheese on top of 'ulu slices. Repeat layers of overlapping 'ulu and sprinkling of cheese. You should be able to make 4 layers. On top of the last layer add the remaining Parmesan cheese.
Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil then bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Let sit for about 10 minutes to cool down a little. Cut and serve.
YIELD: 24 servings

3rd Place Soup/Salad/Side Dish

'Ulu Cooked in Real Coconut Milk

SOURCE: Richard 'Ric' Rocker of Kamuela

Ric Rocker's 'Ulu Cooked in Real Coconut Milk.

1 Ulu
2 coconuts to make coconut milk (handmade from local coconuts)
Pa'a Kai (sea salt gathered from the Kohala Coast)

Peel and core 'ulu and cut into 8ths. Steam until 85% cooked. Take water from steamer and mix 50/50 with cold water to use for making the coconut milk. First squeeze very little water and put aside for dipping sauce.
Take 'ulu from steaming tray and put into a sturdy pot. Add coconut milk (squeeze 2-3 times) enough to cover the 'ulu half way. Cook with lid askew until water in coconut milk evaporates leaving clear coconut oil on the bottom of the pot. Cook until bottom layer is 'fried' in the coconut oil and turns brown.

Dipping Sauce

Shot glass full of coconut cream
2 chile peppers (with seeds removed)
1/4 Bears seedless lime
Chopped green onion greens
Add chile peppers to coconut cream and smash until coconut cream turns pink. Add lime and chopped green onions.
YIELD: Depends on who is eating: 10 haoles, 6 Hawaiians or 3 Tongans or Samoans


Gingered 'Ulu Salad

Gingered 'Ulu Salad.

SOURCE: Angelica Stevens, Captain Cook, HI

3 cups firm 'ulu
1/2 cup chopped ginger
4 finely chopped garlic chives
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon Bragg's amino acid
4 Tablespoons organic canola oil
1-1/2 cups quinoa
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2-1/2 ounces arugula
1 Tablespoon organic olive oil
Boil 'ulu until knife will penetrate (45 minutes to 1 hour). Cut in half, remove core. Cool at room temperature, peel and cut into 1 inch squares. Combine 'ulu, ginger, garlic chives, pepper, amino acid and canola oil in covered pan. Stir often until 'ulu and ginger become toasty-golden. Keep at medium heat to avoid burning.
Cook quinoa. Cool to room temperature. In serving bowl combine quinoa, 'ulu mix, cilantro, arugula and olive oil. Mix gently
NOTES: Gingered 'ulu salad for dinner is great with grilled fish and makes a great lunch on its own.
YIELD: 8 - 10 servings

Sonia R. Martinez, the Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network regular farmers market reporter, is a cookbook author and freelance food writer for several publications in Hawai'i, including The Hamakua Times of Honoka’a. She is a contributing writer for Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine and has her own food & garden blog at soniatasteshawaii.com. Questions can be directed to Sonia R. Martinez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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