Chef Sielu’s Taste Of Polynesia

Sam Choy
By Sam Choy
Wednesday - September 24, 2008
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This week Samoan Chief Sielu Avea joins us in the kitchen.

This show aired originally in September 2002.

PALUSAMI

* 20 taro leaves (or 2 pounds fresh spinach leaves) cleaned and patted dry

* 2 medium onions, diced

* salt and pepper, to taste

* 2 cans coconut milk (8 ounces each)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Line the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan with taro or spinach leaves. In a large mixing bowl, combine onions, salt and pepper, and coconut milk. Stir for 15 seconds, or until blended. Pour coconut milk mixture into pan, covering taro leaves. Cover pan with aluminum foil and place in 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.

COCONUT CRAB CAKES

* 2 tablespoons canola oil

* 1/2 onion, finely diced

* 1 stalk celery, finely diced

* 1 pound coconut crab or lump crab meat

* 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

* 2/3 cup mayonnaise

* 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

* 2 tablespoons finely minced chives1 tablespoon chopped parsley

* 1 cup panko

* salt and pepper, to taste

* 1/2 cup flour, for dusting

* 3 large eggs, beaten

* 4 cups panko, for dusting

* oil, for deep frying

* diced tomatoes, for garnish

* chives, for garnish

* Coconut-Basil mayonnaise (recipe below)


Heat oil in a sauté pan. Add onions and celery, and sauté until onion is translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix crab meat, coconut, mayonnaise, mustard, chives, parsley and 1 cup panko with the celery-onion mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Form into 2-inch diameter cakes. Roll cakes first in flour, then in beaten eggs, then in the remaining 4 cups of panko, each time shaking off excess. Heat oil and sauté the crab cakes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Arrange on a platter. Garnish with tomatoes and chives.

Serve with Coconut-Basil Mayonnaise.

For Coconut-Basil Mayonnaise:

* 1 cup mayonnaise

* 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

* 1 tablespoon lime juice

* 1 tablespoon chopped basil

* 1 tablespoon chili garlic paste

* salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and whisk until smooth. May be prepared a day ahead, covered and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving.

(Watch “Sam Choy’s Kitchen” Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on KHNL News 8.)

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