Help uncover a lost recipe in 2006
IT HAS become my end-of-year tradition to make a list of the recipe mysteries I couldn't solve in the year gone by, in hope that a light bulb might go off in the mind of a helpful reader with a large recipe collection.
If you have a recipe, get in touch by one of the means listed below. A free cookbook goes to anyone who can help.
» Ruth Fujita yearns for a dish she remembers as Javanese Curry: "You boiled a whole chicken, shredded the meat and flavored the broth. Then you prepared a bunch of different condiments, including coconut, celery, green onions, maybe pineapple, nuts and raisins, and I distinctly remember crunchy Chun King noodles. Diners would pile the chicken and condiments on a bed of rice and then spoon the broth over it all."
» From Carol Brittingham comes a tribute to a restaurant lost in 2005: "One of my favorite restaurants, King Tsin, closed suddenly. ... They made a great Baked String Bean with Ground Pork dish. Is there a way to track down that recipe or find out if the chef went to another Chinese restaurant and is serving it there?"
» Joy's request is in my hope-springs-eternal file, reserved for mysteries that extend to even the name of the restaurant: "I was searching to see if anyone knew the recipe for the huge almond cookies at the bakery across the street from Kaimuki Dry Goods. We lived there in the '60s and loved those cookies. We now live in Tennessee and the memory of those cookies still lives."
» More recipes, desperately sought: Guava-flavored poundcake, taro mochi (made with a slice of taro wrapped in mochi and steamed) and Chinese tea cookies (these are big, round cookies sold in Chinese bakeries).
Best of 2005
Last chance to order reprints of the top "By Request" recipes of the year: Chicken Alice's Chicken Wings, Tahitian Lanai Moa Ta Haari Chicken, Cafe Laufer's Coconut Chiffon Cake, a Starbucks-like low-fat oatcake and former first lady Vicky Cayetano's apple cake.
Send a check for $5 made out to the Star-Bulletin Good Neighbor Fund (use the address below) and I'll send you a copy of all five.
Last week's item
about the "Ohana Style Cookbook II," being sold to benefit the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry, included an incorrect street name. To order by mail, send $13.50 to the registry office at St. Francis Medical Center, 2228 Liliha St., Suite 102B. Honolulu 96817. Call 547-6154.
Send queries along with name and phone number to:
"By Request," Honolulu Star-Bulletin,
500 Ala Moana, No. 7-210, Honolulu 96813.
Or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org