The results are in!
By crashing another family get together I was able to test three versions of Hawaiian macaroni salad on Ruby Hada’s family. Ham, chicken and seafood.
The favorite was ham followed closely by chicken and believe it or not seafood came in last.
To the basic recipe and information below I added as follows:
HAM: about 1 cup Chopped ham and the secret ingredient.
CHICKEN: one large can of chicken and the juice it came in and the secret ingredient.
SEAFOOD: about 1 cup imitation crab and the secret ingredient.
What is the secret ingredient? Hondashi! A powdered soup stock much like chicken or beef bouillon. It sometimes is known as bonito flavored soup stock. Make sure you get one without MSG. Use sparingly for this huge recipe 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of this soup stock. I did leave out the salt as people are trying to avoid salt and I forgot to put the pepper, sigh. A little salt and pepper would’ve been nice, don’t skip. I did use the milk to keep it more moist and I used sweet pickle relish instead of the vinegar and sugar. Oh yeah really cook the macaroni till they’re fat and soft. This is very important to make your traditional Hawaiian macaroni salad.
Ruby’s family was getting together for a visit with her daughter and grandchildren, Visiting from San Francisco. This family was warm and friendly even though I was crashing yet another one of their get-togethers. A special treat was Ruby’s niece, the pastry chef, made a wonderful cheesecake with homemade chocolate and caramel sauce! Yum!
I have another recipe using hondashi from my brother-in-law’s mother Grace Motoyoshi. I’ll be sharing that recipe and the story of how I got it with you soon!
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Macaroni salad is a staple of the Hawaii-style meal. Typically served in a mound with a mound of white rice and with barbecue chicken or meat. The macaroni salad is savory and mayonnaise rich. The basic salad is easy and the recipe can be varied to individual taste.
Basic Macaroni Salad
Cook 1 pound elbow macaroni until soft and fat.
Stir in ¼ cup very finely grated onion. It should be liquidy.
Approximately 2½ cups of mayo (not salad dressing) more or less.
The add-ins: whatever suits you, grated carrots are common, milk to keep moist can be added too, celery diced,
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar added to hot pasta and other ingredients plus 1 Tbsp brown sugar added after cooled.
Salt and pepper, to taste. Stir well; refrigerate.