Q: Is roast pork Hawaiian style?
A: No. So just shut up and listen!
Roast Pork plate lunches, just a good old fashioned pork butt roasted slow, sliced thin and all them fat juices are rendered nicely in a fatty delicious (ono) gravy, with a few herbs and spices. All I love is salt and pepper, some garlic cloves and I'm in a foodie orgasmic rush!
Old school plate lunch restaurants always had roast pork on the menu, these days I can't find it where I live. But if you ever find a deli or eatery with Hawaiians or people from Hawaii running it, you got to have a plate of pork, with the rice and macaroni salad. Now why is Hawaiian plates really good? Because junior boy pay attention. We aren't French! We don't put so much crap on the meat that drowns out the natural flavors of the meat. No sorry didn't mean to say bad things about the French, after all thanks to them we got...MAYO! I think it was them right? Whatever anyhoooo, let's move on to the porky.
A great Roast Pork Plate, at least 8 oz. of sliced roast pork with some fat, gravy and not the shit you buy in a box or can! Got it junior? So let me give you a take on when to eat roast pork plates.
4 days before Halloween, why? Because I said so, it gives you good luck when those kids come around trick or treating, legend has it that the more pork you eat 4 days before Halloween it prevents a 10 year old psycho from killing you and your whole family.
1 day before Election Day of the President of the U.S., also, legend has it, a rich pork plate before the election of our next president will give the country good luck, and a robust economy for 4 years to follow..well maybe we shouldn't eat this a day before election day, it really hasn't worked.
For sure, if you are on death row and sentenced to die via the electric chair or lethal injection, and you have a last meal given to you by the state conducting your execution, for sure order a Roast Pork Plate Lunch, I mean what better way to leave this lifetime?
Here's a tip if you decide to cook this on your own.
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5-8 pounds of pork butt bone in, some fat
Sea Salt and pepper to rub all over.
Garlic cloves sliced thin to place into incisions into the pork.
Set your oven to 450 deg F. Place the roast in a deep pan, uncovered for 30 minutes.
Then take it out, cover with foil, and set the oven to 300 deg F. Continue to roast for about another hour or so. Stick an instant read thermometer in the thickest spot, if it registers about 155 deg F, take it out let it rest. And then slice it up into thin slices or whatever slice size you want. (You may need to roast it longer) usually it's about 22 minutes per pound or something close to that, everyone's oven works differently.
Deglaze the pan with some beef broth and maybe some red wine into a gravy.
But but, the best way? You take some beef broth, hit the pan bring it to a boil on the stove top, whisk it all good with that bits from the roast, that's the flavors. Then add in a tablespoon of butter and flour mixed together, doing this you are making a thick gravy. You may need to add more butter and flour also known as a roux to thicken the gravy.
Now for some pics, I AM NOT MAKING MONEY OFF THESE PICS FROM GOOGLE IMAGES JUST TO LET YOU KNOW.
Can you smell it? Can you just taste it? All of these plates look like it's all ono (delicious), and I'm telling you, Hawaiian style roasts are simple, not too much herbs, just simply seasoned man, and that's it. Woo Hoo! Can't wait to eat me some -------ing roast pork! Can't wait!
So whenever you are thinking what locals in Hawaii love to eat, just remember what Ron Sambrano says, and what? Roast Pork Plates, that's what. And again I'll keep saying the rice needs to be sticky, and that macaroni salad better have ono (delicious) Best Foods Real Mayonnaise, that's the only mayonnaise we locals love, I mean c'mon, we don't want that Miracle crap Whip.
And if you need a personal chef to make this for you and your family? Email me.