I tasted some island cuisine in Maui…of course, there were too many delicious varieties. I readily admit that I was on an eating spree.
On the day of our arrival, we attended a luau, which is a traditional party/feast with Hawaiian music and dance (hula and fire dance). At the entrance we were adorned with an orchid garland and greated to the feast. I was spell bound by the taste of food and drinks…especially Mai Tai, a cocktail made of rum, Curaçao liqueur and lime juice topped with a decorative orchid flower.
The best part of the party was a coconut dessert which tasted like the essence of Hawaii. It was very close to my palate, although I could not guess all the ingredient that went into it. Later, I found out that it is called Coconut Haupia, a traditional Hawaiian coconut pudding. It was creamy, smooth and solid enough to hold. I did not take a picture of it as I thought it would look silly, but repented later. So after that, whenever the light was good enough, I took pictures like crazy. Hawaiians are very warm people and always excuse a tourist!
I found this at Coconut Glen’s ice cream shop on the way to Hana, the beautiful town on the hill. I searched for a recipe online and could not find one. Maybe it is his own special recipe. I am planning to cook up my own recipe and if it turns out well, I will surely post it here.
Making this very popular Hawaiian dessert, Haupia was quite simple.
- 2 cups thick coconut milk
- 2 tbsp corn flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Mix cornflour and water to make a watery paste.
- Boil coconut milk with the remaining water.
- When it boils, add cornflour mix.
- Add sugar and keep stirring until it thickens.
- Grease a rectangular container with coconut oil and pour the thickened mixture. (The mixture should slide down slowly.)
- Spoon the rest of the pudding and level the top.
- Allow it to cool with a loose lid on it allowing the steam to escape.
- Store in a refrigerator for an hour and cut it into small squares or rectangle.
Everyone who tasted it had a word of approval as it was melting on their tongue. This dessert is sweet with the right consistency and smoothness making it a real pleasure.