"Kaukau" is a pidgin slang word meaning "food" or "to eat." The Hawaiian term for food is `ai. The two theories on the origin of the word "kaukau" are the Hawaiian word for table, pâkaukau, and the Chinese word for food, chow chow. In Hawaii we say "We go kaukau!", I would say, "I hungry I like kaukau!" or "Let's kaukau!"
2-4 lbs pork spareribs
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons salad oil
2-4 cloves garlic, crushed, peeled, minced.
2 bay leaves
1 small piece ginger root, crushed
2/3 cup vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup light brown sugar
salt to taste
fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Cut spareribs into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Sprinkle soy sauce and flour over spareribs; mix gently.
In a large saucepan, heat oil. Brown spareribs with garlic and ginger; drain off fat.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer 45 minutes.
Cook on low heat until tender. Thicken with 1Tbsp cornstarch/water slurry.
Add thinly sliced turnip and carrots(optional).
You may add 1 can pineapple chunks and the pineapple juice in the last 5-10 mins of cooking.