Teach me how to lau lau

Micah and I were browsing our nearby “Asian” market when we stumbled on some taro leaves.  These leaves are a key ingredient to making a delicious Hawaiian dish called lau lau.  So we walked the aisles on a mission to collect the rest of the components, namely: pork butt and fish (typically made with butterfish, but we used salmon and black cod). 

Micah’s made this before, but a loooong time ago – and I never have, although I do love eating it.  He looked it up online to make sure we were good to go, and the next day – we were ready to lau lau it up.

Of course, it’s not a proper lau lau party unless you have other friends join in on the labor fun! So we put our friends Naomi and Vann to work.


Hard at work.  Don’t forget the Hawaiian salt!!


Soak the leaves, and then stack a bunch together laying flat, throw in a piece or two of pork and fish, sprinkle with Hawaiian salt, and then wrap it into a nice little package.  Cover with tin foil and bake in the oven.  Easy enough.


Naomi and Vann: lau lau experts for hire


Our little lovelies baking away in the oven (took about 2.5 hours).  The one in the back was my first attempt – it looks more like a burrito rather than a square package.


Ours were a bit on the small side compared to what you might get at a restaurant, but it was just as delicious!!!  The taro leaf cooks down into a wilted leafy green.  And the pork and fish are salty and tender. 

We’ll definitely make these again.

P.S. In reference to the title of this post, I have yet to learn how to ‘Dougie.’  Nobody to teach me that. 

2 Responses to “Teach me how to lau lau”

  1. 1 Eric May 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm


    Paige can teach you how to Dougie. Sidenote, did you hear that M-bone, the main dancer in Cali Swag District, was killed in a driveby?


  2. 2 muchadoaboutlisa May 24, 2011 at 5:40 am

    @Eric – I’d love for Paige to teach me. Although, I’m sure you can do a mean Dougie too. Don’t deny.

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