The weather has been really cold and unbearable this lovely winter season. I have had the Polynesian Resort on my mind lately, and I was thinking of ways to bring it to my home. So, over the weekend, I ventured out to my local party store and picked up some luau supplies. I already had the leis from our last vacation to the Poly. We decorated our dining room and I served up some of my favorite dishes and drinks from ‘Ohana. I made the stir-fry noodles, Lapu Lapu’s, and some other treats that I put my own culinary twist on. We had Hawaiian loop music playing and it was great! We had so much fun enjoying a tropical Disney feast with the outside temperature being a mere 10 degrees. It was really easy to pull off and helped my family get a little Disney warmth into our New England home. You can chose from any of the dishes you like for your own luau. Here are two of the recipes we enjoyed.
Stir- Fry Noodles
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon of each, puréed: garlic and ginger
1/4 cup of each, julienned: red pepper and pineapple
2 cups cooked udon noodles
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon chopped roasted peanuts
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2-inch piece ginger, peeled
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup each: soy sauce, sugar and water
1/8 cup diced Spanish onion
1 tablespoon chopped peanuts
1. For the sauce place all the ingredients in a pan. Bring it to a boil and keep stirring. Turn the heat down to a simmer and stir occasionally. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a blender. Pulse until everything turns smooth.
2. For the noodles, heat the canola oil in a wok or a big frying pan. Add the garlic, ginger, red pepper and pineapple. Sauté until red peppers are tender but firm. Add salt and pepper. Add noodles. Stir-fry until noodles are heated. Add 1/2 cup peanut sauce to ingredients. Finish with nuts.
1 oz Myer’s Rum
½ oz Bacardi 151
3 oz Scorpion Mix (half sour mix & half orange juice)
Ice to chill it
- Mix all the ingredients in a shaker and serve cold. ‘Ohana serves this drink in a hollowed out pineapple but a regular high ball glass or tiki cup will do.