The Art of Aquatic Cooking

Chicken or Squid Luau

Asta Miklius, Volcano, Hawai'i

2 pounds calamari (squid), sliced in rings, or boneless chicken in small pieces
3 pounds taro leaves
1 teaspoon Hawaiian or kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons butter
2 medium onions, diced
3 cups coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Wash taro leaves, removing stems and thick veins. Boil 3 cups of water with salt and baking soda. Add the leaves to the boiling water and reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, for 40 minutes to an hour. Drain, rinse and squeeze out liquid. Sauté onions and calamari or chicken in butter until the onions are translucent (cook a bit longer for chicken than calamari). Add the coconut milk, cooked taro leaves, salt, and sugar. Simmer for 30 minutes.

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