Lau Laus and Pork Adobo Bring a Little Bit of Hawaiʻi to Seattle— Cooking in America

– We’re at Kauai Family
Restaurant where Peter alongside his daughter
Randi are serving up pork adobo, oxtail soup,
lau lau and loco mocos. I’m excited to taste a
little bit of Hawai’i. (upbeat music) – Hey Sheldon, how’s it,
welcome to Kauai Family Restaurant my man.
– Right on. Mahalo, I walk in just like
I’m in a restaurant in Hawai’i. – Yeah, that’s why we created
it to be just like that. – I brought my knives
so we can get cooking. – My mom and my sisters
were living in Seattle and they said there’s
no Hawai’ian restaurants up here, why don’t you
come up here and open one. – Was it just Hawai’ian’s
that was living up there back in ’93 that
were your first customers? – Believe it or not,
it was the caucasians, because on this corner here, it used to be a Dag’s Hamburger place. When I opened here, they shut down and I was the only one selling
hamburger in this area. So they would come here to get
hamburger and french fries. It took one month for one
Hawai’ian guy to come in. That one guy, the next month,
only Hawai’ians came in. Then the Hawai’ian food kicked in. We’re a plate lunch
place, two scoops of rice, mac salad and then your
dish, all old school. You know I try to
replicate how we used to do it in the back yard, my lau lau
would cook for 15 hours. – And that’s what we’re
gonna be making right now. – Hawai’ians used to make lau lau, they used to use all the scraps. – Like family style,
everybody bring their own portion of meat,
traditionally, this used to go inside the Emu too, so this was buried underneath when they
would make Kahlua pig. – We cannot put them in
the ground over here. – We don’t even have a
backhole in the back. – You cannot sell it if
you put it in the ground. – The ground, that’s true. – I guess the Board of
Health, anyway so what I do is I lay down a tea leaf, the taro leaf. Put a little bit salt,
pork fat, and beef fat, one piece of fish and
three pieces of pork. – [Sheldon] That’s some
fat lau laus there. – Because you’re steaming it, it blends in with the taro leaves. – Bring home lau laus from
Seattle, back to Maui. So we make adobo first. – The first thing we do is cook the fat. – You’re family is Hawai’ian, Filipino, Spanish you were saying. – Yes, we’re from the west side of Kauai. I came here by myself, I
had three kids back there. That’s why I named the restaurant
Kauai Family Restaurant. My dad came from the Philippines. It depends on what region, the style of cooking is different. This is a compilation of
different styles into my style. We’re tenderizing the
skin and braising it. We’ll fry the garlic,
just like a pro yeah? (laughing) – When you had learned to cook? – I grew up earlier than you
in the ’60s and I grew up in plantation camp,
when people had parties, they would kill pigs and then the Filipino men would cook it in the big siliocis, the woks on the open pit fire. That’s the way I learned. – And this has been marinating? – Yes. – And this is just pork
butt that’s been shoyu, vinegar, black pepper and bay leaf. It’s kinda cool to be all the
way out there in Seattle. This is my food right here, it’s got comforting flavors of Hawai’i. (upbeat music) I’m excited to taste the lau lau. I always eat them with chili pepper water. (laughing) The fat is unreal, I might have to take lau lau home back to Hawai’i. (laughing) Pork adobo, I love that
you fried the fat first. That’s where all the flavor is. – Yeah. – Perfect, it’s vinegar forward, sometimes you can taste the pepper
corns, sometimes you can taste the shoyu, that’s
how my dad used to make it. Like growing up, this is local style. – Very simple. – So comforting though.
You’ve been here in the city for a really long time. You must’ve seen a lot of changes. – I think in ’93, there was about 38,000 transplants from Hawai’i
in this Puget Sound area. In ’96, it grew to about 68,000. – That’s a lot of Hawai’i transplants. – Today, there’s probably
double that, cause kids start coming to
school here and stay here. So a lot of the kids
they work in high tech, lawyers or doctors or
nurses and the families move from Hawai’i to join their kids. – You’re in here everyday
too, in the kitchen? – Yeah, I pretty much
grew up in the restaurant. – She helps take the edge off. – We’re waiting for him to retire. – Being in the restaurant
business, it’s really stressful. – I like it, it’s so familiar to me. – Of course, I’m proud of her
because she does a lot. – Those mom and pop shops
are slowly disappearing. – Kids don’t wanna take over,
so it’s slowly going away. – It’s awesome to come all
the way out here and see this. That Aloha spirit and that
family tradition continuing on.

77 comments on “Lau Laus and Pork Adobo Bring a Little Bit of Hawaiʻi to Seattle— Cooking in America”

  1. Josua says:

    First! KABOOM! XD

  2. JebakLeśny says:


  3. Jojo Leong says:


  4. sin7wu says:


  5. Desiree Paahana says:

    Maui is here!

  6. The Antagonist says:


  7. A J says:

    Best restaurant in seattle

  8. poop says:

    Sheldon is dope dude.

  9. Sakja says:

    That food looks so delicious. I wanted to jump through the screen, but alas, I have no magic monitor.

  10. Josh says:

    Loved it! And no hipsters in site attempting to know what they are talking about! Great little doc!

  11. Elogene Karl Gallos says:

    His Daughter is honestly very pretty.

  12. Paul Smith says:

    This looks so good! I miss the Hawaiian food from living in the Ninth Island.

  13. MsLansones says:

    I remember as a child we gathered at some picnic in Hawaii and a Portuguese 50 year old gentleman would take the time to have fun with us kids. Till this day I remember his face. I hope his spirit watches over me.

  14. Alan Z Chen says:

    Paradise Bakery!

  15. Dibars 1 says:


  16. Chef Rafi's Awesome World says:

    What I miss the most from Hawaii is poke. Tuna and octopus. Yummy. Adobo we make often but not poke.

  17. IslandGuy says:

    Used to live down in that part of town and ate there all the time. Good place

  18. Tosh T says:

    Love the traditional greeting "howzit?" from the owner. 😀👍 Damn awesome looking spread. A basic Hawaiian plate lunch is high on my list of comfort food. As usual another excellent Sheldon episode.

  19. Bpk Suhadi says:

    No this video is so wrong. Youtube should delete it

  20. Odi Manas says:


  21. Stanley Hill says:

    I was just in Seattle. I wish I would have known! I miss da ono grinds.

  22. prankster671 says:

    Sheldon…das what you do Cuz…go around da states an spahk da local style grinds.

  23. Pam _P says:

    Sheldon! I need your hat! ♥️♥️♥️♥️

  24. Sunny says:

    Gotta eat at Saimin Says in Kent too! 😀

  25. Ivan M says:

    Lol. I was just here on Thursday

  26. A T says:

    Adobo here is on point.

  27. Ana Banana says:

    Peter doesn't look one bit Filipino. than again…

  28. Gerard Papa says:

    the various Pinoy cooking styles are definitely showing here. The adobo I grew up with was dryer (less brothy) and of darker color because the juices are allowed to reduce.

  29. Troy Brisbin says:

    This place is insane! The food is amazing!! Tried it last summer on a birthday trip to a baseball game in Seattle. I have been dying to go back!

  30. oldschool1 says:

    Ono kine grinds. In Seattle, yeah? SHOOTS!

  31. Jeff Crisanto says:

    Merk down a Loco Moco with a Hawaiian Sun and an order of Ted's Smoked Pork, then take your ass the pie shop next door. Truuuuuuust

  32. udcaps says:

    lao lao looked legit

  33. steve dodd says:

    I went to this restaraunt maybe 10 years ago and have always remembered it since.

  34. Collin Hawkins says:

    sound is not playing for me

  35. mbadraftpick says:

    lol Sheldon's accent came out so thick the moment he stepped inside

  36. ROB matthews says:

    i love the food and the story in this video

  37. michaebee23 says:

    Sheldon’s Hawaiian accent came out strong in this one.

  38. memadman says:

    This was like triple D !

  39. fattymoko says:

    Oh, one whiff of da adobo and da local kine comes out!!! Dat lau lau looks legit Hawaiian. Some good, Brah.

  40. snubn0se says:

    As always solid episode

  41. chuchuchuchia says:

    Need me some of that LauLau

  42. Mark-Angelo Famularcano says:

    Kauai'i, oh how I've missed you

  43. dahveed284 says:

    Many kids don't want to get into the restaurant biz because its a lot of work. Looks good!

  44. Earl Urgello says:

    A little hot sauce on that loco moco and it’s on!

  45. K B says:

    The Daughter is 😍😍😍

  46. North Polar says:

    This is making me seriously miss living in Hilo. I'll be in Seattle next week and might have to swing through for some food. It's been too long.

  47. Purple Unicorn says:

    Instead of pork my mom uses lamb, and also uses coconut milk for the lau lau

  48. The Mystery Traveler says:

    Da Pidgin be strong in this episode, LOL

  49. Urban Decay says:

    I don’t always speak pidgin, but when I do, da buggah come strong lidat…🤣🤙🏽

  50. Cloudedylc says:

    Love how he said silyasi

  51. byggdaddyjayz says:

    the pidgin is strong in this episode. LOL

  52. byggdaddyjayz says:

    eh what happened to the fried rice baby girl was making when they was cooking the pork adobo? mean the editing.

  53. John Sison says:

    When he said “silyasi” he had my attention

  54. Losartan says:

    Carinderia style i love it

  55. HAWAIIRAMSFAN7 says:

    Unbutton dat collah braddah… look like you chokin.

  56. Julius Fernandez says:

    Im getting hungry nooo food here. Damn

  57. Wiljohn Ho says:

    Chef Sheldon 🤙🏽🤙🏽🤙🏽

  58. Pinoy Adobo says:

    Anything adobo omg hahaha 😁😁😁

  59. Alyssa Agbayani says:

    I miss hawaiian food already lol ive only been gone for a month. i cant wait o go home during the winter

  60. Emm Gee says:

    das me, I came to seattle august 1995! aloha

  61. Win says:

    Proud pinoy for both brother

  62. Viktor Gabriel Ferreras says:

    Where can you get that hat?

  63. phil says:

    been there many times .broke da mouth

  64. Justin J says:

    His daughter is mighty fine

  65. steve boy says:

    adobo isnt hawaiian

  66. UkitnanaWRX YT says:

    I love and miss this place!

  67. Kanaka Kealoha says:

    Why are filipinos always trying to be Hawaiian? Sheldon said on Gordon Ramsay that no one from Hawaii is from Hawaii. Hes a fraud

  68. Andy Ellis says:

    Watered down crap

  69. Harry Pa says:

    Kauai is home to me

  70. Salina Rubio says:

    lau lau made from scratch, so impressed…

  71. Nevaeh Machado says:

    The pidgin is off sounding

  72. Mervin Luna says:

    Ono da grinds ya

  73. Marga Aten says:

    Do you serve poi and fish only wrapped in taro leaves???😋😋😋😋😋😋 what about lomi salmon????

  74. brittany kasa says:

    😭😭😭😭😭 I missssssssss food

  75. butch santiago says:

    adobo is ❤ #PINOYFOOD

  76. Kelly Kwan says:

    Love the guy

  77. Professor Who says:

    Loco Moco literally stands for "Crazy Booger" in spanish.

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