Monday, January 12, 2009

Butter Yakki

One of the Kukahiko traditions that we do a couple times a year with the whole family is Butter Yakki (pronounced Buttayakki). My in-laws got this recipe when they lived in Hawaii years ago. We just did it for New Years Eve and it was so much fun! You get a bunch of fresh veggies and sliced meats and cook them on a few griddles at the same time and then serve them with the special sauce. The sauce is really what makes this meal so dang good! What makes this meal so much fun is that everyone gets to participate and you can sit around and just keep talking and eating!

Butter Yakki
  • butter
  • thinly sliced chicken and beef (you can also do pork and shrimp)
  • shredded Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage- you can use regular cabbage)
  • bean sprouts
  • sliced mushrooms
  • sliced onions
  • sliced zucchini and yellow squash (slice about 1/4-1/2 inch thick)
  • any other sliced veggies that you like
melt the butter on the griddle(s). cook a portion of the meat and veggies in the butter. cook the meat on one side of the griddle and the vegetables on the other side and use separate utensils for the meat and the veggies so that the vegetables do not get contaminated. stir the meat and veggies regularly as they cook. it takes about 10 minutes to cook through. once cooked, remove from griddle and add more butter and cook more meat and veggies. everyone should have a utensil to turn the food while it cooks and everyone should continually eat as the food cooks.
*special sauce*
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 3 teaspoons crushed sesame seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 slices ginger, smashed
  • 4 drops Tabasco
bring all ingredients to a boil. simmer for a few minutes and then strain out the garlic cloves and ginger slices. pour into small individual bowls around the grill. each person should have their own small bowl filled with the special sauce for dipping their meat and vegetables. you might need to double this recipe or more depending on how many people you will be serving.

this meal tastes best when served with sticky rice!

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