Sam Choy’s in the Kitchen: Leonard ohana


Sam and John head to Waimanalo and the home of Byl and Burni Leonard. With some help from their daughter Nao, Sam and John whip up a tofu poke, steak stir-fry, pulled pork on fried rice patties, Wiki Wiki Ramen, and Japanese-style tamago. After dinner, Byl has a surprise for the Sam Choy’s in the Kitchen crew.

Tofu Poke

  • 1 block tofu, cubed
  • 1 ½ cup watercress stems, chopped (reserve 1 tablespoon for dressing)
  • 2/3 bottle Aloha Shoyu Ume Shiso Dressing
  • 1 package NOH Foods Poke Mix
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coconut, sliced

Place watercress stems on a platter and spread evenly to form a base.  Arrange the tofu cubes on the base.  In a separate bowl, combine Aloha Shoyu Ume Shiso Dressing, NOH Foods Poke Mix, sesame oil, honey, and one tablespoon watercress stems.  Mix well then pour mixture over tofu.  Garnish with green onions and coconut.

Steak Stir Fry

  • 1 pound steak, cooked and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, julienned
  • 4-5 choi sum leaves, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon oyster sauce

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Saute onions and celery until onions are translucent.  Add steak and stir fry for a few minutes.  Add choi sum and oyster sauce.  Stir fry until choi sum is wilted.  Place on a platter and serve.

Pulled Pork on Rice Patty

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • ½ teaspoon Aloha Shoyu
  • ½ bunch watercress 
  • 1 ½ cup pulled pork, cooked
  • 1 chicken thigh, shredded
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon green onions

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Firmly form 2 rice patties and coat with Aloha Shoyu.  Fry patties until each side is browned.  Add watercress and cook until wilted.  In a separate pot, cook chicken and pulled pork with water.  Place patties on a plate and place watercress around the patties.  Pour chicken and pork mixture on top of the patties.  Serve hot.

Wiki Wiki Ramen

  • 1 package Sun Noodle Wiki Wiki Noodles – Aloha Miso
  • 2 stems choi sum
  • 2 slices spam, julienned
  • 1 chicken wing, shredded

Prepare Sun Noodle Wiki Wiki Noodles as directed.  Add choi sum, spam and chicken.  Cook until choi sum is wilted.  Pour into a bowl and enjoy!


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 pinches salt
  • ½ teaspoon vegetable oil

In a bowl, beat eggs thoroughly.  Whisk in mirin, sugar and salt until sugar is dissolved.  Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Oil the pan then pour a thin layer of egg mixture and swirl to coat the pan.  When the egg layer is firm on the bottom but still slightly liquid on top, lift about a 1” edge of the egg layer and fold over, continuing to fold over creating a roll.  Pour another thin layer of egg mixture and continue the process (oiling the pan as necessary) until the egg mixture is used.  Place the omelet on a platter, cut into slices and serve.

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