Lau Laus
Course : Seafoods
Serves: 1


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
   1      pound         luau -- (taro leaves), or
                        -- fresh spinach
   1 1/4  pounds        pork cut in 6 pieces
     3/4  pound         salmon or butter fish -- cut in 6 pieces
   1      tablespoon    rock salt
  12                    ti leaves or aluminum foil
   1      cup           water


Wash the taro leaves thoroughly. Remove stem and fibrous part of veins by pulling gently with the tip of a knife from the stem out to the edge of the leaves. Place pork in bowl. Add salt. Work together. Arrange 5 leaves, the largest on the bottom. Place pork with fat side up. Place fish on top of pork. Fold leaves over pork and fish to form a bundle (puolo). Prepare each ti leaf by cutting partially through the stiff rib and stripping it off. Place lau lau on the end of a ti leaf and wrap tightly. Wrap another ti leaf around in the opposite direction, thereby forming a flat package. Tie with string, or fibrous part of ti leaves. Place in a steamer. As soon as water is boiling, turn heat to low. Steam lau laus 5 to 6 hours. Remove string before serving.