Hawai’i 1: Crispy Tofu


Aloha! Here I am in Maui and, as requested and promised, I post some pictures taken yesterday, upon arrival at Hawai’i and today, second day of our holidays. I’m still a bit dazed, but not so much not to think about VeganWiz, although I can not follow and comment on as I wish. I rented an apartment, so I can cook and post! While preparing this simple recipe I was listening, from my Mac, to  Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in “I do not want to miss a thing”. You’ll find out later  why I was listening to this kind of music.

350 gr of tofu
½ cup of Teriyaki (you can replace it with  shoju, although the taste is not the same)
panko (*)
oil for the baking pan
(*) You can find Panko already made, and it’s a kind of breadcrumbs which looks more grainy than the usual breadcrumbs. It’s used in Japanese cuisine and, more generally, in Asian kitchen for fried dishes, to make them more crunchy. I presume you can find it in ethnic food stores.

Cut the tofu into slices, about a 1.5 cm thick

Wet ’em with teriyaki sauce, leaving them at least half an hour, so that they’ll season well

Here they are: Panko and Teriyaki

Place the Panko in a plate

Pass the tofu slices to get them well coated
Oil a baking pan and bake at 220°C for 15 minutes. It’s very delicate.
And now some pictures from Maui, the island of Hawai’i where I landed yesterday with Seb for a holiday of three weeks, which, as all good things, will be too short … as long as we decide to come back! 😀

At Maui Airport (Kahului) – 1

At Maui Airport (Kahului) – 2

At Maui Airport (Kahului) – 3 This gentleman, who was on our flight, and dressed as you see him, withdrew his luggage at the carousel, opened it, pulled out his bicycle, dismantled ….

… He carefyllu assembled it and left :-D. At Maui there’s plenty of cycle lanes and cycling is an ideal way to visit it, since the traffic is limited.

The uniform of Dollar’s employees, the company that rent cars

Outside of the Dollar agency, amongst the luggage and the cars ….

The journey begins ….

… and the first encounters. Here we are in Paia, the hippy village where we stay.

A bus

The first shopping ….

… Without forgetting VeganWiz.com

Luminous sign in the Whole Food. Heineken, the vegan beer.

Local tropical fruits

Many kinds of pumpkins

Hemp milk

An entire lane of vegetable milks (this is a small part)

I couldn’t give up Concita’s ricotta cheese

And I made it… with the available tools

Pruning trees

Gift of a necklace at the entrance of Hilo Hattie’s, a chain of shops selling local Hawaiians products, made at Hawai’i and not imported.

Hawaiian Products 1

Hawaiian Products 2 – For all sizes

Hawaiian Products 3 – Shirts for big sizes

Hawaiian Products 4 –

For hairy bau-baus (the arm’s not mine)

Floreal telephones

A famous native of Hawai’i …

Makena Beach

Hang Loose (Shaka sign)

The surfer’s rest

A heart-shaped lava pebble





Makena Beach

Big beach

A decent villa

Van-bar with a fin on the top

A tropical fruit stand, run by mother and daughter, both Hawaiian. Here, she’s preparing the coconut ….

… for Seb

A hang loose with the lady ….

Before serving  Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, who has taken away half a stall, after eating the fruit there and cleaning his hands with the cloth that covered the counter.

Here, he goes with his girl

From a viewing point on the road between Wailea and Lahaina …

… I saw, unfortunately from a distance, this sweet whale

I greet all the new chefs with this breathtaking sunset (not reproduced well in my picture). I apologize with all the other friends chef for not being very present with my comments. I think of you, believe me, but I’m really enjoying this holiday… I can reply to the comments on my recipes, as I really care about ’em, and as I don’t love cumulative comments but personal ones. As soon as I get back, in three weeks time, I’ll be present as usual. I love you!

I do not know whether to recommend you to keep listening to Aerosmith…
Next time I’ll tell you what I think of Hawai’i.

Chef: Titti from VeganBlog

  1. EleonoraNW3 19 February 2011 at 17:04

    This is just amazing!!!! First of all, I love tofu prepared this way. I find Panko at the Whole Food Market, you can but iy “loose” from the bulks. It’s really tasty, the first time I just polished it off spoonful after spoonful!!
    And your pictures are so wonderful! I like all of them, the colours, the quiet of a civilized place yet so calm, I can even smell the aroma of local fruits!! Well, enjoy your splendid holiday and thanks for sharing all this!
    A huge hug :’)

  2. tokyovegan 20 February 2011 at 01:12

    Hi, Titti.
    I just wanted to say that I too loved your post. We spent last year-end in Hawaii, after running in the Honolulu Marathon. Our 4 days in Maui (Hana) were sensually rich, and your beautiful photos brought our positive feelings back. Every day we shopped at the local markets and made simple but delicious vegan meals to enjoy with friends. Seeing the fresh coconut reminds me, most people throw the shell away after drinking the juice, but we kept it and used the coconut meat in cooking for weeks! I had heard lots of celebrities live on Maui, but never met one (Steve Tyler) like you did!

  3. Cassandra78 20 February 2011 at 11:21

    This is just GREAT!!!!! Your pictures are amazing! I wish I was there with you, I would dive in all those juicy fruits, in that wonderful sea, in the incredible colours and in the peace I’m sure you can breath in every corner. I’d be so curious to taste breadfruit, what does it taste like?
    I think Steve Tyler looks quite nice, I mean, maybe not particularly well-mannered you know, but he was kind to let you take a pic of him with your husband.
    I think we should start considering Hawai’i as a place to visit, but our holidays must always be so short. Well…we’ll keep on dreaming thanks to your reportages 🙂
    BTW…I was amazed by the lanes of veg milks!!

  4. Pizza pie 20 February 2011 at 14:33

    Great holidays for Titti and Seb and great share of pictures with us! Thank you! 🙂

  5. ascanio 21 February 2011 at 14:48

    I love everything in this recipe! Not only the recipe itself (which seems sooo yummy and tasty yet delicate), but all these wonderful pics! You make me feel like taking the first flight to Maui! Thanks, I’ve been travelling with you for a while 🙂

  6. Titti 9 March 2011 at 13:11

    To everybody: Thank you!! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe and the pics!!! Thank you again and…..a suggestion: GO to Hawai’i as soon as possible!!!! 😉 😉

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