Before we start, I just want to get one thing out of the way.
This isn’t exactly true LauLau. It's a dish inspired by Hawaiian LauLau, and it is delicious, but LauLau it isn’t.
I just want to make things clear because some people are enrolled in an organization called “food blog police” whose sworn duty is to surf the interwebs making sure that all recipes comply with official rules about what is and isn't in certain dishes. That's all fine and good; in fact we need people like that out there to keep people like me honest!
Phew, I feel better now. That being said, this easy little dinner
involves only a few ingredients and is absolutely fantastic. As I was making it, I kept thinking that I should add some seasoning here, an herb there, but no, it didn’t need it at all. The kale flavored the pork, the pork flavored the kale, and everything tasted simple yet amazing.
If you don’t count salt, pepper, and a splash of white vinegar (which I don’t) then this recipe literally consists of two ingredients; pork and kale.
Liberally salt and pepper the pork and toss in a small amount of vinegar, somewhere around a tablespoon for the whole two pounds of pork.
Then just wrap the cubes up into the kale leaves.
It might seem awkward at first, considering that the kale is all ruffles, but you don't have to be strict about the wrapping, just make sure it’s covered on all sides and call it a day. As the kale wilts in the steamer it will seal itself to the pork better.
I already told you guys I love homemade steaming contraptions
. Anyways, line the bottom of your steamer with kale, then put the packets right in there.
Top with more kale and pop on the cover.
When it’s done, dig through the kale to find the ones that have pork in them.
Serve over rice. Man, this meal was shockingly good! I say shocking just because of the simplicity of it.
Steamed shreddy pork really fills the soul on a winter’s evening.
More Hawaiian-Inspired RecipesDan Whalen thinks this dish should be called KaleKale. He has been blogging for almost 4 years at The Food In My Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!