Food Fest 2017 recipes: Navajo tacos, gyudon beef bowl recipe, koko samoa, and more

Written by: 
Helam Lau

According to the club, they said they don’t use specific measurements, but will eyeball everything instead.

Navajo Taco Bowls

Native American Club




Baking powder


Warm water


Frozen chili blocks

Ground beef

Pinto beans


Shredded cheese

Sliced olives

Shredded lettuce

Diced tomato

Diced onion


Sour cream



1.  Mix flour and baking powder with warm water until it becomes a dough ball.

2.  Sit the dough for at least 30 minutes. Longer is better.

3.  Take small balls of the dough and flap them into bread. Be careful not to have holes in your flapped dough.

4.  Fry it in oil until one side turns into golden brown. Flip the bread and fry the other side.

5.  Cook ground beef until brown. Add them to a pot with the chili blocks,and beans.

6.  Add water and cook them together.

7.  Put beans onto the fry bread, and add the toppings you want.


Gyudon Beef Bowl

Japanese Club


1/2 Onion

1 Green onion

1/2 cup dashi (fish broth)

2 Tbsp mirin (sweet cooking alcohol)

1 Tbsp sugar

2 Tbsp soy sauce

3/4 Lb thinly sliced beef



1.  If you cannot find sliced beef, freeze your beef for 1-2 hours and cut them into bite-sized pieces.

2.  Slice the onion and chop the green onion. Set aside.

3.  Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add dashi, mirin, and soy sauce.

4.  Cover the lid and bring the sauce to a boil. Add onions, cover, and cook until tender.

5.  Add beef and cook until brown.

6.  Serve the meat and sauce over steamed rice.

7.  Top with green onions and enjoy!


Luau (Taro leaf with lamb)

Samoan Club


Cooked lamb

Luau leaf



Desired spices



1.  Chop the lamb into smaller pieces.

2.  Chop the luau leaf as well.

3.  Equally spread the meat in a foil pan.

4.  Add onions, salt, and spices to give it flavor,

5.  Spread luau leaves on the meat and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Keep checking to make sure that it will not burn.

Koko Samoa (Hot chocolate drink)

Koko Samoa can be bought from the Polynesian food store in Hauula, which is just across from Tamuras. It’s also found at Cackle Fresh for $10.


Koko Samoa





1.  Fill the pot half-way.

2.  Add Koko Samoa and let it boil for 20-30 minutes.

3.  Add sugar and it’s ready to serve


Tongan Club


1 Watermelon

2 mangos

1 pineapple


Coconut milk




1.  Use half of one watermelon or a whole one to make more.

2.  Scrape the watermelon into a bowl. Add a mango or two, with pineapple for more flavor.

3.  Stir it all together.

4.  Add two small cups of sugar or more depending on the amount. It also depends how sweet you want it.

5.  Let the mixture sit, while you prepare the water and coconut milk.

6.  Pour in water to double the mixture, You don’t want the otai to be too watery or concentrated.

7.  Stir it all up.

8.  Chill for about an hour, then serve.  

Date Published: 
Monday, December 11, 2017
Last Edited: 
Monday, December 11, 2017

NOTE: This story's online publication was delayed because it was featured in the Dec. 2017 print issue.