Monday, July 1, 2013

Hawaiian Homemaker's Favorite Island Recipes

Sorry, aside from one BBQ sauce concoction, there are no actual recipes posted here from this yummy little 79 page booklet published by the Tongg Company of Honolulu, Hawaii in the 50's. Instead we're just looking at the incredibly cute, sadly uncredited, illustrated island people that populate the cover and pages, along with other bits of art, Hawaiian ads, etc. Of course, if you're dying to know about Coconut Ham, Waikiki French Toast, Pineapple Spare Ribs, Toyaji-Kogi Wa Tark-Koji, or Aloha Beer Cake, simply drop me a line-- Mahalo!


Crafty C said...

man i love that little push mower! and the bowl of rice and the pineapple!

the people are all really interesting too! and the Honolulu Gas ad is really neat.

at least there's a recipe for marinade so I don't have to weep into my i'll-never-have-enough-recipes pillow tonight. but i will be laying in bed all night wondering what the hell Toyaji-Kogi Wa Tark-Koji is and it will be all your fault!

Mr. Cavin said...

I have to mention the lawnmower man, too. He's my fave because of that clever halftone aloha shirt. Such detail for such a small space. I also love the man with the fish on scan fourteen. Excellent, curvy, ergonomic stuff all around! I'll bet this was a fun assignment to get.

Mr. Karswell said...

I'm quite fond of mama up there cookin' and takin' care of the brats-- or maybe they're just strugglin to get free from her before she throws them into the pot. Either way-- my fave is that one and the fisherman. And the guy cookin the veggies. And also the old man.

> i will be laying in bed all night wondering what the hell Toyaji-Kogi Wa Tark-Koji is and it will be all your fault!

Well, you can find something else to do in bed now, Carol, Toyaji-Kogi Wa Tark-Koji is a pork and chicken dish boiled in a pan with peanut oil plus, onions, radishes, garlic, sesame seed, chili powder, peas, and gravy served over flaky cooked rice and seasoned with shoyu.

>Such detail for such a small space.

You are correct Mr. C, these illustrations are VERY small in the book and had to be scanned in quite large... I now kind of wish I had separately scanned all the wonderful island gals on the cover too

Crafty C said...

thank you!!! that actually sounds pretty good.

JMR777 said...

What, no Spam? (The canned variety from Hormel)
Hawaii and Spam go together like peanut butter and jelly (though peanut butter and jelly And Spam would be pushing it waaaay too far)

Hawaiians eat more Spam than just about anyone else in the US.

As I seem to recall, a regional Hawaiian dish is Spam wrapped in rice, sort of like a Spam sushi.

Great artwork find, it must be tough to get the tiny pictures so clear.

Mr. Karswell said...

I knew someone was gonna bring up Spam... not sure it's even mentioned in this booklet but I suppose you could substitute it in for any of the meat dishes. I lived on Oahu for 6 months and am well aware of its hypnotic influence on the islanders!