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Oh, Poi!

Finally got to try poi, as close to the "real thing" as possible while not sitting in front of a roasting pig at a luau in Hawai'i.

Scott and Kathy Kellogg brought me back a little jar of powdered poi from their trip. . Today I mixed some up to go with my taro root in coconut cream sauce for lunch, which was divine.

Contravening all international conventions, I ate my poi with a spoon. It's stickier than hqiz, and I couldn't see making a mess just to "go native" - having it to eat was a sufficient delight.



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TARO IN COCONUT CREAM
Four servings:

2 medium-sized taro roots
1/2 cup thick coconut cream
1 large onion (chopped)
2 small spring onions (chopped)

1. Peel taro and cut into serving-sized portions.
2. Arrange neatly in a pot, and add enough wafer to cover.
3. Boil for half an hour or until cooked.
4. Pour cooking water into a clean bowl or jug.
5. Mix together chopped onion, coconut cream and one cup of the cooking water. Mix well into a thin sauce.
6. Pour the coconut sauce on the cooked taro and reheat gently for two minutes.
7. Serve with chopped shallots or spring onions sprinkled on top. Note: Milk or soy milk can be used instead of coconut cream.


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ccdesan
Jun. 29th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: Taro
ROFL! Strictly vegetarian, this dish...
deckardcanine
Jun. 29th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
I Googled "hqiz." An entry of yours is the third result. You must have made it up.
ccdesan
Jun. 29th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Made you look.

Yes, it's one of mine. Along with deities that won't smite, it's good to have profanity that offends no one...
secoh
Jun. 29th, 2009 09:30 am (UTC)
poi, sago, tapioca and taro are all favorites!

had roast plantains when I was in PNG. it was like eating flavourless chalk...
ccdesan
Jun. 29th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Oh! They have to be ripe... try frying them up in red palm oil. Delicious and sweet!
secoh
Jun. 30th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
cheers! I will give it a go next time. I have seen them for sale here...
ccdesan
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Great! I, too, have had plantains cooked which weren't ready, and your description is apt...
tarinfirepelt
Jun. 29th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
I heard it is so full of goodness because it is ground up Barney parts! ;)
ccdesan
Jun. 29th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hm, the color would match...
alaskawolf
Jun. 30th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
i miss Poi, its good with shredded chicken . time for a luau on the farm :P

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