Cooking Hawaiian Style – Gourmet Laulau

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Gourmet Laulau. Photo: Cooking Hawaiian Style

This week we are honored to have kumu hula, singer, musician, and winner of a Na Hoku Hanohano award, Cody Pueo Pata in our kitchen. Cody also won the Frank B Shaner Falsetto Contest in 2000. Pueo travels across the US and Japan teaching hula and music. He has 3 albums under his belt released in 2000, 2001, and 2017. He is a great talent and represents Hawaii well. Today Pueo makes his Gourmet Laulau recipe.

Gourmet Laulau

  • 16 large bun long luau leaves or equivalent
  • 1 package thick cut bacon, 2 strips per laulau
  • 1.5 lbs ribeye steak
  • 1.25 lbs meaty pork belly Hawaiian salt
  • 3 medium sized green lāʻī (optional for extra flavor)
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil

Cody Pueo Pata shares his Gourmet Laulau recipe. Photo: Cooking Hawaiian Style

Cooking Instructions

  1. Wash lūʻau leaf, if not “bun long,” de-vein, remove tip
  2. Remove hāhā, peel, and chop
  3. Cut beef and pork into bite-size cubes
  4. Salt meat
  5. Wrap meat in bacon.
  1. Lay out 2 lūʻau
  2. Place bacon-wrapped meat in center
  3. Place hāhā around the bacon-wrapped meat
  4. Tightly roll lūʻau around meat
  5. Wrap half a lāʻī around lūʻau package
  6. Roll tightly in foil.

1. Steam for 1 hour in pressure cooker or 2 hours in large pot.

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