"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!" The Cuisine of Hawaii is a fusion of foods brought by immigrants to the Hawaiian Islands, particularly of Portuguese, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Polynesian etc.
Ok this is my take on it. Look below for actual recipe.
3-4 lbs Lean ground beef (more if you want meaty)
2 lbs Portuguese sausages
1 large Onion, chopped
2-4 large cloves garlic crushed and minced fine
2 C Celery, chopped
2 C Bell pepper, chopped
2 large can Kidney beans
2 large can tomato sauce
1-2 Tbsp tomato ketchup or paste
2-4 Tbsp Red wine
2 Bay leaves, ripped in quarters
1 tsp Chili powder (check the heat. More if you want it spicy)
1 Tbsp Chicken boullion powder or substitute with 1 can no salt canned chicken broth
1 tsp MSG (monsodium glutamate) optional but I don't use it.
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Oregano powder
1 Tbsp Paprika powder
1 Tbsp Cumin powder
1 Tbsp Ginger powder or fresh ginger root minced
Dash Worcestershire sauce to taste
Black pepper to taste
Hawaiian rock salt to taste. Go easy with this. :)
Purified water as needed
Shredded cheese (pepperjack/cheddar blend)
Sliced green onions
Brown ground beef, drain oil and set aside. Saute sausage, add onions, garlic and veggies, spices, and other ingredients. Simmer for a few minutes. Add water if needed if it gets dry. Add ground beef back to the pot, stir and simmer for about 30-45mins till meat and beans are tender. Don't overcook the beans. You can go vegetarian by omitting the meat.
Just before serving, stir in 1-2 Tbsp Best Foods Mayonaise to soften and bring down the heat and tartness of the tomato sauce and chili powder. More to taste.
Yields 6-8 servings or 1 big Hawaiian.
Serve with rice and mac salad. Onolicious let's kaukau!! :D
Honolulu Star-Bulletin September 17, 1986 article!