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.

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

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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.

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Naomi and Vann: lau lau experts for hire

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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.

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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. 

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2 Responses to “Teach me how to lau lau”


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

    Lisa,

    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?

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=136362060

  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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