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Shabbat Luau Menu **Giveaway**


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I am so honored to be contributing for Joy of Kosher. My name is Samantha and I write and cook for the vastly cultural blog The Little Ferraro Kitchen. I grew up as your typical Brooklyn Jewish girl next door, watching my mother roll grape leaves and living off of all the wonders that New York delis and Chinese take-out has to offer. When I was a teenager, my mother thought it would be fun (to say the least) to move to Hawaii and start a new adventure there. Now as an only child growing up with a single-parent, who wouldn’t take on such an amazing opportunity? So we packed our Hula-gear and coconut shells and whisked away to the tropical islands of Aloha…or as many Jewish people also call it, Shaloha!

I am now living in Southern California (can’t complain too much about that as well) and mom still lives on the islands. She has passion fruit trees and pineapples at her doorstep and we often hunt for guavas and papayas when I am visiting. As you can tell, Hawaii has been such a huge and powerful influence in my life. Aloha taught me peace, love, culture and appreciation.

I want to introduce you to the beautiful world of Hawaii, how the locals do it. We thought it would be a fun idea to create a “Shabbat Luau”, so here we have 2 recipes that are dear to my Hawaii soul-they are all about comfort and ease.


The first is “Shoyu Chicken”. Just like Hawaii, Shoyu chicken has influences from Asia, hence calling it “shoyu” which is Asia’s term for soy sauce. You will always find shoyu chicken simmering away on “Aunties” stove or at any given luau-it’s just a given. Boneless chicken thighs are simmered with flavors of soy, ginger and brown sugar, just long enough to fall apart at forks touch. You need to enjoy this with rice, as this is a typical staple of the islands.


For dessert, there is nothing better than classic malasadas. Oh my mouth is watering at the thought of these typed words. Malasadas are Portuguese fried doughnuts and are a favorite for both the locals and tourists. This recipe is given by my favorite Malasadas spot on the Big Island, called Tex Drive-In. Light and dense doughnut pillows with a filling if wanted. You won’t be able to stop at just one.

I hope these recipes bring you to the Islands as much as they bring me back home.

Shabbat Shalom and Aloha!

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About Samantha Ferraro


A simple college student with a big appetite and a passion for food, I thrive on experiencing new cuisines and duplicating them at home. I am very excited to share the immense passion I have for cooking and sharing it with the world. I am a Brooklyn native, Hawaii lover (having lived there for 10years), and current So Cal resident. Find more recipes from me on my blog The Little Ferraro Kitchen.




125 Responses to Shabbat Luau Menu **Giveaway**

  1. Would love to travel to Hawaii

  2. avatar says: Leens

    I love grilled pineapple .. does that count as Hawaiian food?

  3. Grilled pineapples, and ANY tropical fruit! Yum!

  4. shaloha, thanks for the great recipes…I like the idea of Shabbat Luau for sure…I love pineapple and all the flavors of Hawaiian cooking

  5. avatar says: ariella

    Aloha! At a very young age I had the gift of going to the island of Maui and other surrounding islands. (My parents were very good to us). The experience alone was amazing! It was the first place that t tried macadamia nuts and snorkeled for the first time. It was an experience that I will never forget! When I am in the mood of cooking Asian style food I tend to aim towards some of the flavors that I can still taste from my childhood. I also grill fruit a lot in the summer since I make a lot of bar-b-ques. Peaches and pineapple do really well on the grill served with homemade parve ice cream. Enjoy the summer everyone!

  6. Would love to visit Hawaii with my awesome husband. We do love to eat delicious fresh pineapple.

  7. avatar says: Amy

    I surfed for the first (and so far, last) time in Hawaii!

  8. avatar says: elsbels96

    This food looks great! Any chance you can share some more recipes to make a full Hawaiian themed Shabbat meal?

  9. I think I’ll give this chicken recipe a shot this shabbat. I look forward to traveling to Hawaii one day. thanks for sharing!

  10. Aloha from Hawaii, I’m Samantha’s Mom, @the Little Ferraro kitchen. Showed this to my ‘local friends’ and even WE want to do a
    Shabbat this way (great idea, great recipe)
    Thank You Sam and joy of Kosher!

  11. avatar says: Lynne

    The chicken recipe has all the ingredients that I love, I can’t wait to try it.
    It doesn’t seem like your typical Jewish recipe, but Kosher, yes! Have a wonderful move and enjoy it all!

  12. i have always dreamed about going to Hawaii. Now, i can’t oook worth a darn but I know those that can so i’ll trade them something if they’ll cook one of these for me!

  13. i like chicken with grilled pineapple

  14. We went to Hawaii in March – and it rained and stormed the whole week we were there. I hope to go back one day and actually enjoy the sun and the beaches! We did get to try Loco Moco while we were there – and YUM!


  16. avatar says: skkorman

    I’m going to Hawaii in the fall—can’t wait!

  17. I would love to see an active volcano in Hawaii!

  18. avatar says: al33za

    Grilled pineapple is delishous!

  19. I have always wanted to travel to Hawaii but aside from that, I am always interested in trying new foods and I’ve never really tried Hawaiian food.

    BTW – Chobani is amazing!!! :) Love Love Love <3

  20. avatar says: miriamg

    Last year my husband and I went to Maui and Oahu for our “babymoon” before the birth of our son. As kosher consumers we did not have the experience of true Hawaiian cuisine, but we did enjoy the copious amount of fresh cut fruit…sold on the side of the road, even in far-off places. On Maui, the Road to Hana (a must visit!) was lined with families selling fresh pineapple, coconut, and other fruits from little shacks or even from their front porch. What an experience!
    As an aside, the Jewish community in Oahu hosted us for Shabbat–what incredible Hawaiian hospitality :)

  21. avatar says: DCFive

    The malasadas look delicious!

  22. never been to hawaii but i really really want to go

  23. avatar says: fbogus

    So clearly Spam musubi is out. That would be a very good thing.

  24. I have never been to Hawaii but would love to experience it!

  25. avatar says: chana s

    ive never been to hawaii or tasted Hawaiian food before, but i love making foods and parties with a Hawaiian theme! for example pineapple kabobs and yummy margaritas!

  26. pineapple is great grilled as well as on pizza or Hawaiian chicken.

  27. avatar says: ofrenkel

    always wanted to go to Maui or another of the Hawaiian Islands! when I think of Hawaii I imagine beautiful beaches, gorgeous sunny weather, pina coladas by the pool and fresh fruit :-) .

  28. What a cool menu. I look forward to trying it. I would love to travel to Hawaii!

  29. avatar says: snocone34

    I’d love to visit Hawaii!

  30. avatar says: niteowl

    A visit to Hawaii is on my bucket list, and I’m a big fan of anything with pineapple or coconut :)

  31. avatar says: hindyg

    I have never been to Hawaii, but I’d like to! I would love to try a lomi lomi salmon and a kosher version of musubi.

  32. avatar says: imergoot

    Can’t wait to try the chicken. Our neighbors love all things Hawaiian, will have to make it for them for a Shabbos dinner.

  33. avatar says: TamarGold

    Love hawaiin chicken! (AND WANT TO WIN YOGURT)

  34. avatar says: aahaft

    pineapple crusted salmon- yum and very easy

  35. avatar says: Ari Ross

    These recipes look fantastic – especially the chicken. And I love the idea of using boneless thighs, as they cook faster and won’t be as dry as breasts. Might add pineapple chunks too for some Hawaiian flare!

  36. avatar says: mink

    I can’t wait to try the “Shoyu Chicken”.

  37. I really love a good pina colada, and would love to sip one on a beach in Hawaii!

  38. avatar says: kayte71

    My sister’s boyfriend is from HI, & even though he tells me it is not too great, I still would like to try poi.
    kaytewatts AT aol DOT com

  39. Hawaii looks like the most beautiful place ever, and these dishes look delectable! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

  40. avatar says: Aviva

    Wow, everything sounds great. I can’t believe I’ve never made it over to Hawaii!

  41. avatar says: llinda29

    Hawaiian food always sounds go to me

  42. avatar says: llinda29

    Hawaiian food always sounds good to me

  43. avatar says: kityblue

    I really enjoyed the shave ice when I visited Hawaii. Also, driving through the pineapple plantation at night, the aroma was amazing. The poi was quite good, though heard those that are not familiar with it, do not like it.

  44. avatar says: anngeri

    Love the image of Hawaii these recipes conger. Going to try the recipe with hangar steak for Shabbos

  45. I’ve never been to Hawaii – would love to go and have some of their food!
    Thank you

  46. love how you can throw pineapple onto so many dishes and then call them “Hawaiin” :)

  47. avatar says: mell

    I love coconut bread and most anything that includes pineapple or mango. My favorite Hawaiian food is the meat that is roasted in the ground.

  48. avatar says: Hana

    I’ve been fortunate to visit the Hawaiian Islands twice, once as a teen and the second with my husband. There isn’t a more relaxing, magical place on earth. Guava and pineapple juice for every meal!

  49. avatar says: dalesusan

    wow! i’ve never been to hawaii and have not been exposed to hawaiian food. but i love mango. and i love yogurt. hope i win!

  50. avatar says: gmmaddox

    I have never been to Hawaii, but it is somewhere I would LOVE to go!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  51. avatar says: Chaviva

    Hawaiian ice frozen desert hits the spot when its a hot day and you want something cool and refreshing to cool you off on these hot summer days.

  52. Wow! Malasadas and shoyu chicken! Delicious! I’d love the recipes for them! And since you are here in SoCal, too, maybe if you’ve a restaurant, I’ll certainly visit to sample your fare :) Otherwise, every think of having a festival here in SoCal, so that the public can sample all the delicious recipes you have? I’ll certainly attend, if you’ll have that tasting fair/festival :) Thanks :)

  53. avatar says: Gr8Reader

    have heard what an amazingly besutiful place all the islands of Hawaii are and would love to make a trip there some day!

  54. avatar says: skylajane

    Visiting Hawaii is high on my bucket list!

  55. Thank you for the chicken recipe. I love pineapple too but wonder if there are any authentic Hawaiian fish recipes that can be made kosher and easy? I hope to visit Hawaii one day with my husband. Seems so romantic.

  56. avatar says: KIBBYSTER

    love pineapple and all the flavors of Hawaiian cooking

  57. avatar says: SaucheyR

    When I still lived at home we went to Hawaii every March to escape the Alaskan winters. I still crave the same foods I could never get enough of while we were there — fresh pineapple, macadamia nuts, and pizza with shredded roasted chicken and fresh pineapple bits. Not to mention chewing on a stalk of sugar cane….


  59. avatar says: sblehert

    Love Hawaii – especially Maui!

  60. avatar says: embee120

    I haven’t been to Hawaii, but it looks gorgeous

  61. avatar says: 1froglegs

    I’ve never been to Hawaii, but there are a lot of discount airlines now that make the trip much less expensive than it used to be.

  62. avatar says: Roxy

    looks great! will try it!

  63. avatar says: clc408

    When I was lucky enough to travel to Hawaii, I really enjoyed all the tropical fruits at breakfast every morning.

  64. avatar says: RenaB

    Thanks for the ideas…this may be the closest I get to hawaii :-)

  65. It’s been over 25 years since I visited Hawaii but I can still taste the Malasadas – thanks for the recipe! I’m going to pin it so I don’t ever lose it.

  66. Mmmmmmmmm. Give me pineapple.

  67. avatar says: AnnaLeaf

    My fiance lived in Hawaii for 7yrs, I am still dreaming of getting to go there.

  68. avatar says: saralaya

    Fascinating! Thanks so much for sharing!

  69. avatar says: saralaya

    I forgot to add what was so fascinating….LOL…. the fact that these are Hawaiian kosher recipes. I will enjoy trying them, since that is probably as close to Hawaii I’ll ever get!

  70. avatar says: gr8chefmb

    My sister had a friend whose Coast Guard husband was stationed in Hawaii for several years. She always talked about how beautiful it was. I would love to visit Hawaii myself, especially to see the places I’ve learned about on National Geographic, PBS, Travel Channel & Food Network specials. I would also love to attend Jack Johnson’s Kokua Festival; this year’s festival line-up is amazing! Aloha! :-)

  71. avatar says: witchy64

    I’ve never been to Hawaii,but I really like Chobani Greek yogurt!

  72. avatar says: dlhaley

    I have relatives who live in Hawaii. I would like to visit them someday.

  73. avatar says: GloW

    Never went to Hawaii yet,but love pineapple

  74. avatar says: Elizabeth

    Nothing like Hawaiian pineapple flavored ice cream!!!

  75. avatar says: teacher23

    Beautiful location and delicious food, what more could a person ask for.

  76. avatar says: KUKL96

    I was born in Hawaii, but haven’t been back since. I would love to take my daughter there! also, I would like to have a kosher recipe for manapuas.

  77. avatar says: shalhevet

    We went to Maui for our honey-moon, and one of the best parts of the trip were the delicious freshly squeezed tropical smoothies available on the side of the road! We also visited a plantation where they grew pineapples, avocados, and more!

  78. avatar says: darcybel

    I visite Hawaii when I was a child and was in awe of the beauty–I would love to visit it again!

  79. avatar says: ladylisa

    I just tried guavas in a pastry a couple months ago. It was delish! Hawaii is on my bucket list I sure hope to visit some day. With all the fresh yummy foods and beauty.

  80. avatar says: Ma Motts

    love grilled black bean burgers with pineapple slices on top with grilled onions

  81. avatar says: cdmtx65

    3 years ago we visit Maui , loved the food , people and Island ! :)

  82. Those masaladas look fabulous!

  83. Those malasadas look fabulous!

  84. When we visited Oahu a couple of years ago, the Chabad in Honolulu offered amazing kosher meals for pre-order and pick-up so we ate wonderfully. Highly recommended!

  85. I was lucky enough to visit Hawaii when I was 18 years old! I loved the gorgeous sunsets over the beach, the tropical feel to the place and the water so crystal clear it was like looking through glass! I yearn to go back there! The shoyu chicken dish looks really interesting and I’m going to try it!

  86. avatar says: nurserae

    I can’t wait to try the chicken…it sounds wonderful!

  87. I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and Love Hawaiian food, especially Shoyu Chicken.

  88. avatar says: meredlp

    I lve the fresh and lively flavor of Hawaiian food. The fruits added with the fresh veggies are refreshing.

  89. avatar says: meredlp

    I love the fresh and lively flavor of Hawaiian food. The fruits added with the fresh veggies are refreshing.

  90. when we were in Hawaii we shipped our prepackaged dinners for Shabbos over from a local Restauraunt. we also shipped kosher cheeses and milk products. But Chobani wasn’t available then or we would have had it

  91. avatar says: alyrap

    Seared ahi tuna, yummmm!

  92. avatar says: chocgal

    My husband keeps hinting that for my 60th birthday he’s taking me to Hawaii. Almost worth getting older just to go to Paradise. He’ll be thrilled that he can get chobani there- he LOVES the Pomegranate!

  93. avatar says: Dianeba53

    Interestingly enough just had a Hawaiian party today-made a lot of new dishes including Asian cole- slaw, Hawaiian chicken topped with crushed pineapple and a few other seasonings, Tropical punch…

  94. oh man. I miss Hawaii. Plate lunch with shoyu chicken and 2 scoop rice 1 scoop macaroni please!

  95. Shoyu Chicken looks amazing!! Never been to Hawaii but would loooooove to

  96. avatar says: Leez

    I always wanted to travel to Hawaii. The water always looked so fake and absolutely breathtaking!!

  97. avatar says: schoenbc1

    The Shabbos meals I most enjoy always incorporate one or two dishes from cuisines or with ingredients I wouldn’t have thought to try. What a terrific way to see (taste?) Hashem’s abundance, especially on Shabbos ( or Yom Tov!). Thanks.

  98. avatar says: susan1215

    I’ve never been to Hawaii but I really hope to go someday. I love pineapples and coconut

  99. avatar says: tsk11230

    I guess if you can;t be there, you can at least enjoy the cuisine. Sounds like a good Shabbos Chanukah menu also with the dessert!

  100. I am going to Hawaii in 2013 and couldn’t be more excited about my first trip there :)
    vac 924 at gmail dot com

  101. I don’t know much about Hawaii. My parent’s honeymooned there and they loved it.

    I’m not a fan having sweets (sugar or fruits) in with my meat dishes and that seems to me what a lot of Hawaiian dishes have. Those doughnuts looked yummy!

  102. avatar says: jagar0047

    Hawaii is my dream trip! I so want to go and see it all and taste the food there!

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  103. I have always waanted to visit hawaii but im sure i never will because im afraid to fly

  104. Hawaii is a goal vacation of mine- cannot wait until I get there!

  105. avatar says: dvice

    We love the beaches of Hawaii

  106. avatar says: corey1971

    I’ve always dreamed on going to Hawaii (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

  107. I am not familiar with the food of Hawaii but I’m sure with the the different cultures there is a rich variety. I would love to hear about food that is served at a luaou. garrettsambo@aol.com

  108. avatar says: Atreau

    I’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii but haven’t had a chance to go there.

  109. avatar says: gkran

    I love pineapples, chicken and teriyaki sauce.

  110. avatar says: ferriz

    i love li hing mui powder or whatever. it is sooo good on hawaiian shave ice!


  111. avatar says: johnmains

    I went to Hawaii last year and saw the black beach

  112. we are planning a trip to hawaii we just started looking at hotels and flights and can’t wait to go!

  113. avatar says: ajoy1332

    My brother is about to be stationed in Hawaii so I really hope to be able to go on vacation there sometime!

    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

  114. avatar says: yupbucket

    I’ve never tried Hawaiian food to be perfectly honest. Still wanna win!

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