Whew! That week went by in the blink of an eye. We hope you all enjoyed our adventure with Kosher cooking. We know we sure did. I imagine we’ll revisit Kosher food at some point along this adventure again. Until then, many thanks to Tori for our first introduction to it. Incidentally, Tori just won the IACP People’s Choice Best Culinary Blog or Website for 2012! Congrats! It’s well-deserved.
Now before we get to our next international cooking adventure we wanted to wrap up our stateside culinary tour of Hawaii. This last dish doesn’t really have a recipe per say. We didn’t whip up any original ingredients, or make any fancy homemade sausages. Nope. We simply wanted to see how authentically we could recreate our favorite treat from Hawaii, The Puka Dog!
Now being from Chicago, we know hot dogs. In fact I grew up just a few blocks away from The Best Hot Dog in America! So when we heard that we had to try Puka Dogs we were game, but skeptical. It’s a simple place, you pick your style of bread, wheat or white. Then you pick your sausage, Polish or veggie. Next you pick your Garlic Lemon Secret Sauce, mild, spicy-hot or hot-hot. And finally you pick your relish and mustard with choices including pineapple relish, mango relish and guava mustard.
The hot dog then comes served inside a roll (not a slit bun) which is filled (and I mean filled) with the various sauces. Now obviously this wasn’t the healthiest of food choices on the island, but it was vacation after all. Still, three visits in one week was probably a bit excessive. We couldn’t help ourselves though. These things were just so good!!! We knew then that we’d have to try to recreate this at home and set out to figure out how as soon as we returned home.
Then we tried to figure out what to use for making the puka (hole). At Puka Dog they pierce the buns with what look like metal stakes. Well, since we don’t have any of those lying around we used our turkey baster. It got the job done.
And lastly, again trying to keep these as authentic as we could, we added the Garlic Lemon Secret Sauce (spicy-hot) which we purchased through Puka Dog. We realize we could have tried to make our own version of the secret sauce, but we couldn’t pass up the real stuff.
We served ours alongside some sweet potato chips. Thank you Charles for convincing me to finally get a mandoline! Holy cow is that thing fun! Thank you also to Lisa for the delicious seasoning combo for the fries.
Well, I wouldn’t say it was as good as the real thing, but oh those sauces are just too darn tasty! I’m looking forward to trying them on some other foods as well, especially salmon. Anyway, we all thought it was a pretty decent effort for trying to recreate a restaurant favorite. 4 spoons all around.
So until next time Hawaii, mahalo! We’ll be back on Monday with a final nod to Greenland. Then it’s off to my country of choice. I’m going Africa this time! Happy Passover and Easter to all those that celebrate. And happy weekend to everyone!