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Hank’s hosts ‘Man vs. Food’ weekend

November 30th, 2011
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Photos courtesy Hank’s Haute Dogs
Hank puts his Seoul Dog, encased in french fries cemented with batter, to the test before it’s ready for its closeup.

After taking on Laie’s Hukilau Cafe Hukilau Burger, Helena’s Hawaiian Food’s pipikaula short ribs and laulau, Mac 24-7′s Mac Daddy Pancake Challenge (four pounds of ‘em) in 2009, see how Adam Richman fares when he challenges his humongous appetite with another taste of the islands, on an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food Nation,” airing today.

One of his stops was at Hank’s Haute Dogs, where he sampled some of Henry “Hank” Adaniya’s latest creations.

“He ate quite of few off our regular menu,” says Hank, who also concocted some “new wild creations for him to try.”

“Man vs. Food” host and food daredevil Adam Richman gives Hank his approval.

He doesn’t know which dogs will actually have screen time—I’m betting on the Seoul dog—but to mark the occasion, Hank’s will be presenting a “Man vs. Food” Weekend beginning Dec. 2, with specials as follows:

Dec. 2: Lobster Fat Boy. A lobster dog wrapped in bacon, deep fried and served with garlic aioli, lettuce and tomato.
Dec. 3: Seoul Dog. From the streets of Korea. Fries are batter-glued to an all-beef dog planted on a stick, deep fried, then served with a kim chee mignonette!
Dec. 4: Tsunami Dog. This is what you get when you combine a foot-long hot dog, kalua pig, BBQ poi sauce, pineapple relish, pickle onion and cabbage.
Dec. 5: Truffled Italian beef combo. The iconic Chicago beef sandwich paired with housemade Italian sausage, then covered in the house truffled cheese sauce.

Hank’s Haute Dogs is at 324 Coral St. Call 532-HANK (4265).

The tsunami dog.

Kahala introduces curry winner

October 28th, 2011
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Nadine Kam photosA beautiful array of crab claws and mussels topped the Thai green seafood curry. part of the Kahala Hotel & Resort’s weekly lunchtime International Curry Bazaar.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort augmented its popular Wednesday International Curry Bazaar all-you-can-eat buffet with the Oct. 26 unveiling of its “All in the Family Curry Contest” winner, whose dish will be among the curries featured from noon to 3 p.m. every Wednesday in November at the Plumeria Beach House.

Contestants entered a favorite curry recipe via Facebook or Twitter, and Noella Monteiro won with her grandmother’s recipe for yellow shrimp curry. The Pakistani recipe is saturated with turmeric and spices that was toned down for mass appeal. Those who like their curries hot were welcome to add more chili to the dishes, as well as condiments specific to the various styles of curry. To accompany Monteiro’s curry, there was toasted, shredded coconut, cranberries, peanuts and raisins.

An Punjab-style chicken-spinach curry came with options of mint and mango chutney and cucumber-mint raita.

Lanterns graced the Indian curry table at The Plumeria Beach House at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, home to a popular lunchtime curry buffet.

The contests celebrates family tradition, which is also true to the Kahala’s philosophy of sharing the flavors of the kama’aina table. A Thai seafood curry was based on an intern’s family recipe, and the recipe for Japanese beef curry is that of executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi’s mother … or at least the basic recipe came from his mom. He admits to having played with it over the years, for example, adding more vegetables as he grew to appreciate vegetables more.

In talking with the chef, he realized that the curry played a big part in his early culinary forays. He said he would often think of ways to improve on recipes for curries and hamburgers, giving his mom suggestions of “adding a little salt here, a little pepper there.”

He said he didn’t realize at the time, but he was learning how to blend flavors and adapt recipes to his taste, learning that he could add sweetness to a dish not by simply adding straight sugar, but maybe a little bit of apple for subtlety.

The buffet, with curries that change every few weeks, includes soup du jour, and a selection of salads and desserts, and is priced at $30 per person (tax and gratuity additional). For reservations, call  739-8760, or e-mail restaurants@kahalaresort.com. Reservations are also taken at OpenTable.com.

The Kahala’s executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi shared his mother’s recipe for Japanese beef curry with kabocha, carrots and shiitake. He enjoys this curry with condiments of takuan, pickled ginger and tsukemono.

Noella Monteiro was the winner of the hotel’s curry reccipe contest, sharing her grandmother’s recipe for yellow shrimp curry. Her prize is two nights in an ocean view room at The Kahala, dinner for two at Hoku’s and breakfast in the Plumeria Beach House.

I arranged a small sampling of the four curries offered on my plate. Each had its own condiments. Monteiro’s, at front right, could be dressed with peanuts, cranberries and toasted coconut.
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