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Kaua‘i's Favorite Recipes

Grandmama's Shoyu Chicken

Type of Cuisine: Local
Provided By: Taj Yoshimori
From: Līhuʻe

This dish is a part of our island culture because it is a local family classic. My mom was taught by her parents and now enjoys cooking this dish for us!


5 lbsbone-in chicken thighs
2 1/2 tspgarlic puree
1 1/2 tbspWorcestershire sauce
1 1/4 cupsshoyu
1 cupsugar
3 tbspapple cider vinegar
1/4 tspfreshly ground black pepper
2 ozpeeled and crushed fresh ginger
3 tbspall-purpose flour
3 tbspwater


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, except the chicken, flour and water
  2. Over medium heat, add the chicken to a large saute pan and pour in the sauce. Bring to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer for 40 minutes, skimming off any fat on the top
  4. Bring to a boil again
  5. Mix all-purpose flour and water to form a slurry, then add it to the pot. Lower the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes for sauce to thicken.
  6. Turn off the heat and enjoy!

Recipe submitted by Taj Yoshimori