Only Easy: Misty’s 20-Minute Hekka

IMG_4032.JPGBy Misty I.

I love hekka! Originally, this recipe was a chicken hekka recipe, but using chopped pork makes it faster making it “only easy!” The Honolulu Star Bulletin says “hekka is a sukiyaki-type dish of plantation origin that consists of chicken and vegetables.” I remember eating hekka for the first time at my Grandma’s house in Honoka’a that my Aunty Violet had made. It was delicious and I have loved it ever since. This isn’t Aunty Violet’s recipe, but my family likes it. My mother-in-law does too, so I often deliver it to her when I make it.

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Misty’s 20-Minute Pork Hekka

Ingredients:

2-3 lbs. chopped pork
2 medium onions, sliced (pole to pole)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1-2 pkgs. clear vermicelli noodle, soaked for 10 minutes (I like these thin noodles better than long rice)
10 small pieces of shiitake, rehydrated and chopped (optional)
1 small can of mushroom “stems & pieces”
1 can bamboo shoots, soaked for 10 minutes
1 pkg aburage, chopped into ½ inch slivers
1 bunch watercress, washed and chopped (use the entire bunch, it’s not much)

SAUCE:

1 ½ C shoyu (Club BrandRead about Club Shoyu’s history here)
1 C sugar
½ C mirin (optional, I often omit it as it’s sweet)
½ C water
2 tsp. Salt

Method:

  1. Soak noodles, bamboo shoots and noodles in separate bowls and drain water several times.
  2. In a large pot, fry pork and onions for 5 minutes.
  3. Make sauce and add to pork onion mixture. Add can of mushrooms and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  4. Add noodles and bamboo shoots. Continue to simmer.
  5. Lastly, chop watercress and aburage and add to the pot. Serve with hot rice.

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Soak noodles, bamboo shoots and noodles in separate bowls and drain water several times.IMG_8699.JPGIn a large pot, fry pork and onions for 5 minutes.

Make sauce and add to pork onion mixture. Add can of mushrooms and simmer for 5 more minutes.

IMG_8685.JPGAdd noodles and bamboo shoots. Continue to simmer.

Lastly, chop watercress and aburage and add to the pot. Serve with hot rice.IMG_8689.JPG

That’s it, only easy!

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