Chicken Long Rice – Hawaiian Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken long riceChicken Long Rice is one of my favorite comfort foods.  It’s one of the simple dishes my Filipino grandmothers made when I was growing up, but Filipinos call it Sotanghon.

Living in Hawaii it’s a dish one can easily find on the menu of local restaurants and is a staple at Hawaiian Luaus.  That’s probably why it never occurred to me to make it at home.  So much easier to order it at Zippy’s or some other local eatery.  Besides I didn’t have a recipe for Chicken Long Rice and never actually thought to go look for one.

Well that recently changed after I attended an Alumni Luau at my Alma Mater.  Of course Chicken Long Rice was served, and like my classmates I wasn’t too impressed with it. The version served was pretty bland and tasteless.  That’s when I mentioned that it was one of my favorite dishes but alas didn’t know how to make it.

So the discussions began and for the next couple of days during our class reunion a couple of classmates shared their recipes and tips.  A week or so later I finally made some, tweaked the way I like it of course!

Now before I share my version I should explain what it is. In a nutshell Chicken Long Rice is Hawaii’s version of chicken noodle soup.  But I suspect it’s a dish adapted from the Asian immigrants who came to the islands to work in plantations in the 1800’s.

I’m pretty sure just about every culture on earth has its own version of chicken noodle soup and Asia is no different.  In fact I think every Asian country has a chicken noodle soup version; Udon or Ramen in Japan; Phð Gà in Vietnam; and Sotanghon in the Philippines just to name a few.

Where ever it originated Chicken Long Rice is simple chicken stock with clear bean thread noodles aka glass or cellophane noodles, seasoned with fresh ginger and topped with chopped green onions. I like it soupy and eat it with steamed white rice mixed in.  So here’s my version of Chicken Long Rice, it tastes almost the same as the Sontaghon my grandmas used to make!

*Bean Thread noodles can be found at any Asian Market and sometimes in the Ethnic Food section of your local grocery store.  Or you can order it from Amazon.

*I prefer to use Aloha Brand Soy Sauce as it’s milder than most brands available on the US Market (like Kikkoman and La Choy), but it’s not easily found unless you are in Hawaii or order it from Amazon.  If you can’t find Aloha Brand Soy Sauce an alternative brand is Silver Swan Soy Sauce.  It  too has a milder taste and it can be found in most Asian Markets anywhere.  But you can use any brand or your favorite brand of soy sauce.

*Use fresh ginger.  Fresh ginger root can be found at most Asian Markets.  Ginger can be frozen in a sealed ziplock bag for a long time.  Just break of pieces as you need them. You can adjust the amount of ginger root in this recipe to suit your taste.  I love the strong ginger taste and usually add a bit more to my broth.

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Chicken Long Rice

Ingredients:

4 Bone in chicken thighs. Be sure the skin is on too!

Water

1 Tbs. fresh ginger, sliced into small slivers

4 cups chicken broth

2 packages clear bean thread noodles

Salt to taste

Soy Sauce to taste

1-2 stalks green onions, chopped

Directions:

Place thighs in large pot and add enough water to almost cover chicken.

Add chicken broth and ginger.  Make sure liquids fully cover the chicken.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.

Cook for about 45-60 minutes or until chicken starts to fall off the bone.

Debone Chicken, remove skin,  and return to pot.

Stir in salt and soy sauce to taste.

Add noodles and cook until noodles are soft.

Garnish with green onions and serve with or without steamed rice.


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  1. Place thighs in large pot and add enough water to almost cover chicken.
  2. Add chicken broth and ginger.  Make sure liquids fully cover the chicken.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Cook for about 45-60 minutes or until chicken starts to fall off the bone.
  5. Debone Chicken, remove skin,  and return to pot.
  6. Stir in salt and soy sauce to taste.
  7. Add noodles and cook until noodles are soft.
  8. Top with chopped green onions.
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Very Berry Pupcakes

Very Berry Pupcakes

Pupcakes are treats we love to make for our dogs, and of course the pooches just love them.  They’re ideal for pet birthdays, which of course we celebrate for each pet!

We make pupcakes in a variety of flavors using fresh ingredients.  I like to take advantage of seasonal ingredients and since it’s summer and berries are in season and are reasonably priced I make the Very Berry Pupcakes using fresh blueberries and strawberries.  I know the dogs just love them and they’re good for the dogs too!

The only thing about berries is that they don’t have a very long shelf life.  The best way to keep them is in Ziplock freezer bags in the freezer.  I thaw them out as needed that way they don’t spoil or mold.

For birthdays and special occasions I frost them with softened cream cheese.  Honestly they look good enough to eat!

Here’s my recipe for Very Berry Pupcakes!  Hope your fur babies love them as much as ours do!

 

 

Ingredients:

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Egg

I 1/2 Cup Coconut Water

1/2 Cup Blueberries

1/2 Cup Strawberries diced

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Beat egg and coconut water together

Slowly mix in dry flour mixture and stir until well combined

Stir in Berries to distribute evenly in the batter

Line cupcake tins with paper liners

Fill each cup about 3/4 full – they don’t rise much so you can pretty much fill them to the top if you want, but these pupcakes are dense and heavy if you fill the cups too much it might be too big a portion for one serving

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool

Place cooled pupcakes in freezer bags and freeze until ready to use.

Thaw out as needed and remember to remove liner before giving them to your pet.

Frozen pupcakes should last about 2 months.

 

 

Shrimp with Black-Eyed Peas

Shrimp with Black-Eyed Peas

This is truly the primary instruction that I made of Shrimp with Black-Eyed Peas up and it created Pine Tree State pretty darn happy. I’m not curious about any diet that creates Pine Tree State eat things that don’t style smart. Thus i used to be alleviated after I Sat all the way down to eat and that I may honestly say that I actually enjoyed the meal. It created Pine Tree State feel optimistic concerning my ability to stay with this set up of ingestion whereas keeping Pine Tree State feeling healthy and happy.

What I really like concerning the style of this dish is that the juxtaposition of the flavoring and also the cinnamon, the sweet purple onion and also the hot pepper, and also the dry couscous and also the creamy black-eyed peas. Each flavor is in balance and if you’re careful to not cook the shrimp their soft sweetness compliments everything else.

I served Shrimp with Black-Eyed Peas it with couscous so as to spherical out the meal. I’m thinking of adding okra or inexperienced beans next time to feature in some additional veggies. However that will solely create it higher as a result of its superb to start with. I even created additional the last time I created it in order that I may have leftovers to eat. Dinner tomorrow is going to be nearly as good because it was last night!

 

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
20 large shrimp
1 small red onion, peeled and diced (I used a regular yellow onion b/c it was all I had on hand)
1 long hot green pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup broth
1 tbsp honey
5 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

Instructions

1. In a bowl mix the oil, chili powder, and cinnamon. Add in the shrimp and toss to coat.
2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 1-4 hours.
3. When you are ready to cook place the oil, onion, and pepper In a large skillet over medium heat and cook until softened.
4. Whisk together the honey, broth, and lime juice in a small bowl.
5. Add the black-eyed peas into the pan and add in the whisked liquid.
6. When the liquid has boiled off and reduced spread the peas to the outside rim of the pan and add the shrimp to the center of the pan.
7. After 2-3 minutes (or when the bottoms of the shrimp have turned pink) flip the shrimp. It will cook faster on the second side so after 1-2 minutes stir everything together and it will be ready to serve.
8. Serve with couscous which, if made without oil, will add 88 calories and 1 gram of fat to the meal.

 

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Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Summer officially begins in 4 days!  So get out that grill and get ready for some finger licking barbecue meats smothered in homemade Barbecue Sauce!

When it comes to barbecue sauce nothing beats homemade!  I know why bother when there are literally dozens of different bottles and jars of barbecue sauce out there; each one boasting that they’re the very best!  Not to mention there are so many different types of barbecue sauce on supermarket shelves you don’t know which one to buy.  I know I get confused and end up pretty much choosing one at random, or choosing the one that’s on sale, then getting home only to find out I really don’t like it.

Well making your own barbecue sauce takes the guess work out of it and you know you’ll the it!  But before I give you my recipe for homemade barbecue sauce let me ask you if you’ve got the rub.  Yup that extra yum comes from the meat rubs you use before you slather on the barbecue sauce!

So if you don’t have your own recipe for meat rubs or don’t have a favorite brand to use then check out my chicken rub and my beef rub.  They’re both delicious!  I always have a jar full of these spice combos to use year round.  Just click on the rub for the recipe and tips about using them.

Once you’ve rubbed your meat down and let it soak up all those spices you’re ready to grill!

Grill your meat until it’s almost done then brush on the barbecue sauce and grill just until it almost reaches your desired doneness.  Then remove meat from grill and place it in a covered pot to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Don’t forget to serve a bowl of barbecue sauce on the side for those folks who want to add more.

Now scroll down for my homemade barbecue sauce recipe.  Happy grilling!

 

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  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until everything is well combined and sugar has been absorbed
  2. Place in serving bowl or in jars for storing
  3. Store in the refrigerator. It will last about 2-3 months.
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Banana Foster Dutch Baby for Father’s Day

Banana Foster Dutch Baby for Father’s Day

Dutch babySunday is Father’s Day.  Why night surprise dad with this yummy Banana Foster Dutch Baby?

You can serve it for breakfast or brunch or even as dessert after lunch or dinnerr.  It’s absolutely wonderful.  It’s creamy and rich caramel sauce, homemade of course, goes lovely with fresh bananas sliced over a yummy dutch baby pancake.

But first you might ask what exactly is a Dutch Baby.  Well it’s basically a German Pancake; it’s a cross between a crepe and a popover.  Traditionally German Pancakes are small round flat cakes but the American version somehow ended up being a large round pouffy cake best made in a cast iron skillet.

 

My Banana Foster Dutch Baby uses the basic recipe I use for the Dutch Baby with Lemon Curd and Blueberries.  I just use different toppings.  Click here for that recipe.

While you’re making the Dutch Babies in the oven you can make my simple homemade caramel sauce, or you can make the sauce earlier.  I always keep a jar in the fridge because the sauce is yummy on just about everything including ice cream, cakes, and fruit.  It’s great for dipping too!

Anyway once your Dutch Babies are done top it with sliced bananas drizzled with caramel sauce, then top it all off with whipped cream! You can’t possible go wrong!

Banana Foster Dutch Baby

Ingredients:

Dutch Baby or Mini Dutch Babies – Click here for the basic recipe

2 – 3 Bananas, sliced

Caramel Sauce – scroll down for the recipe

Whipped cream

Directions:

Make one large or 2 mini Dutch Babies according to the recipe

Make a batch of caramel sauce

Top with sliced bananas

Drizzle with caramel sauce

Top with whipped cream

Homemade Caramel Sauce
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  1. In a heavy sauce pan combine all ingredients except Vanilla Extract and stir over medium high heat
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Cook for another 10 minutes or until it thickens - stir constantly
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract
  5. Serve warm or store in a container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Refrigerated sauce may become too thick.  Heat in microwave for 30-60 seconds or until it loosens up enough to use.

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Basic BBQ Beef Rub

Basic BBQ Beef Rub

Ever wonder how those barbecue joints make such delicious barbecued brisket and ribs?  If you’re trying to make it at home by slathering your meat with barbecue sauce it’s not going to be the same.  Yes sauce matters, but the secret’s in the rub; the BBQ beef rub!

Of course you can buy all sorts of meat rubs from the supermarket, some are even pretty good.  But if you want something outstanding nothing beats homemade.  Oh and if you you’ve been rubbing dry spices on your meats try this little trick.  Stir 2 tablespoons of rub into a tablespoon of olive oil then rub it on your meat.  It makes a world of difference!

With summer in full swing it’s time to step up your grilling with this yummy BBQ Beef Rub!  Use it on brisket, ribs, or even steaks!

Couple more tips before I give you my BBQ Beef Rub recipe.

Rub the olive oil mixture onto your meat and let it rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Remove seasoned meat from fridge and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes before grilling this brings meat temperature down to room temperature.

Grill covered until it almost reaches desired “doneness” then brush on BBQ Sauce.  Grill until it’s almost to your desired doneness and place in covered pot. You see even if you remove the meat from the grill or oven the meat continues to cook for about 5 minutes.  That’s why you want to remove the meat from the grill BEFORE it reaches the doneness you want.  If you don’t remove the meat until it reaches the doneness you want you end up with over cooked dry meat.

Let meat rest in pot for 5 minutes before serving.  The resting period seals in the juices and allows the meat to reach the desired doneness.

Having said that scroll down for my BBQ Beef Rub recipe!  Happy Grilling!

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
  2. Move to a sealed container like a mason jar and store in a cool dry place
  3. To use mix 2 Tbs BBQ Beef Rub with 1 Tbs Olive Oil and rub all sides of the meat.
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