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You’ll Need To Lei Down After This Slater’s 50/50 x King’s Hawaiian’s Item Collaboration

When you think of Hawaiian food, the first items to come to mind are probably poke and musubi. But brace yourselves, mainlanders, because Slater’s 50/50 wants to add a burger to that list! In celebration of  Hawaiian Foods Week, the award-winning gastropub chain has partnered with the iconic KING’S HAWAIIAN to bring us the mac daddy of patties. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Big Island Feast

The burger, which serves a luau’s worth at 4 to 6 people, features a 2 ½ pound, signature 50/50 patty – named for its 50% ground beef, 50% ground bacon composition. It’s then topped with grilled pineapple, a full can of fried SPAM, cole slaw, four sunny side up eggs, and six slices of American cheese. 

Swaddled in a full KING’S HAWAIIAN Round Loaf and drizzled with teriyaki sauce, this meat behemoth is served tableside and cut as if it were a cake, like the glorious spectacle it is. As if that weren’t sufficient, it comes with a SPAM’s can worth of macaroni salad, just in case you have any room left in your stomach at all.

The result is a decadent, but well-balanced tribute to Hawaii’s unique food culture – a culinary lovechild born out of native Hawaiian cuisine blended with various cultural and ethnic influences from the island nation’s thriving immigrant population. 

If you’re not ready to devour this entire behemoth, you can order the smaller version of the burger called the “King’s Luau,” also served on King’s Hawaiian rolls.

The Big Island Feast is available through September at all Slater’s 50/50 locations, so assemble a team of fellow gluttons and indulge before it’s too late. 

Photos by Pete Pham


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Subway Just Became The First Chain To Bake King’s Hawaiian Bread In Stores

In terms of fast food secret menus, none is more legendary than the Animal Style from In-N-Out. The option to add secret sauce, cheese, onions, and a plethora of other condiments to your burgers and fries has become the tried and true way to enjoy the burgers for tons of fans.

In-N-Out may have a new competitor in that space though, because Subway is beginning to test its own version of a secret sub construction method called Aloha Style. The secret ordering method features a first for the industry as well, as Subway is now the first ever chain to fresh bake their own King’s Hawaiian bread.

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“Aloha Style” arrives as Subway is testing a new 8-inch King’s Hawaiian sub roll in 300 restaurants in various parts of the country. That test involves two new sandwiches featuring the bread, a Turkey, Bacon & Provolone as well as a Ham & Swiss. However, folks in the test locations can also upgrade ANY sandwich on the menu to “Aloha Style.” What that means is that a typical 6-inch sub will be bumped up to the 8-inch King’s Hawaiian roll, and you’ll get an upgraded portion of meat and cheese to match. The increase amounts to 50% more meat and double the amount of cheese in a 6-inch sub.

Right now, Subway is testing the new bread in over 300 restaurants in the Champaign, Illinois, Reno, Nevada and Richmond, Virginia areas, so you’ll have to head there if you want your go-to sandwich made in this new secret style.

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An Intimate Look At Huli-Huli Sausage, A Hawaiian-Inspired Dish Now On EVERY Dog Haus Menu

In Hawaiian, the term “Huli” means to turn, referring to the constant flipping of meat while barbecuing. That concept is very much alive in the succulent Huli-Huli chicken sausages that hot dog experts Dog Haus is grilling to celebrate Hawaiian Foods Week.

To commemorate the weeklong dedication to Hawaiian fare, King’s Hawaiian is teaming up with restaurants like Dog Haus to showcase tastes from the Aloha State. Dog Haus has opted to go for Huli-Huli chicken, or Hawaiian barbeque chicken, as their inspiration.

Dog Haus’ Würstmacher, and Food Network personality, Adam Gertler teamed up with Top Chef season 2 winner Ilan Hall to create this one-of-a-kind sausage recipe. Their collaboration invokes the flavors of Hawaiian teriyaki to bring the chain’s tribute to Huli-Huli chicken to life.

Ginger, garlic, soy, and sake permeate the sausage, which blends chicken with pork belly to provide extra juiciness and flavor. The sausage is grilled to perfection, continually turned over like Huli-Huli chicken to ensure even grill marks.

It’s then packed into a trio of grilled King’s Hawaiian buns and covered with toppings that represent the tastes and textures of Hawaiian cuisine. These include King’s Hawaiian Sweet Island Ginger Sauce, bouillonnaise (a seasoned mayo created just for Dog Haus’ Huli-Huli), pineapple and jalapeño relish, crispy fried onions, and scallions.

The balance of all the major tastes – sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and umami – brings out the best of Hawaii’s flavors in this scrumptious chef-created sausage sandwich.

Gertler and Dog Haus will be cranking out their Huli-Huli sausages well past Hawaiian Foods week. They’re already available at all Dog Haus locations, and will stay there through June 30th. $1 from the purchase of every Huli-Huli benefits No Kid Hungry.


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Elevate Your Game Day With These BBQ Katsu Shrimp Sliders

For football fans, Fall is always the best time of year. There’s plenty to look forward to – the tailgating, comradery and, of course, the food. This year, KING’S HAWAIIAN is giving football foodies something special to check out the next time they find their stomach rumbling before kickoff.

The KING’S HAWAIIAN BBQ Katsu Shrimp Slider is the perfect pregame snack, combining the best of crispy and savory into one, tasty bite. Starting with KING’S HAWAIIAN Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce, a bit of dijon mustard, and soy sauce, your BBQ katsu shrimp game is sure to impress fans on either sideline.

bbq katsu shrimp

One of the best parts about this crispy BBQ katsu shrimp slider is the coleslaw, made with red & green cabbage, some kewpie mayo and some rice wine vinegar.

Topped with panko-fried shrimp, and coleslaw, all served on a soft, fluffy KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Sweet Roll, you might need to watch your plate, because this delicious tailgate snack will most likely get intercepted if it’s left unguarded.

bbq katsu shrimp

See the recipe below to create these for yourself!

Ingredients:

For the Katsu sauce
1/2 cup KING’S HAWAIIAN Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Mirin
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp soy sauce  

For the cabbage slaw
½ head cabbage, julienned
½ cup kewpi mayo
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
Togorashi, to taste

For the shrimp
20-30 medium raw shrimps, peeled & deveined if possible
4 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups Panko breadcrumbs
KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Sweet Rolls

Step 1

Combine all ingredients for katsu sauce in bowl. Transfer to a pan and cook on medium/low heat (DON’T boil) and reduce until sauce coats the back of a spoon.

Step 2

To prepare the slaw, mix cabbage with kewpie mayo, rice wine vinegar, and salt, pepper and togorashi to taste.

Step 3

Peel shrimp and devein if you did not buy from the store already done. Crack eggs in a small bowl and whisk with a pinch of salt until completely homogenized for egg wash. In another bowl, add all-purpose flour. Add panko breadcrumbs to another separate bowl.

Step 4

Heat up a skillet or deep fryer with canola oil to 350 F. Dredge shrimp in flour and then in egg wash. Finally, coat in panko bread crumbs. Once all shrimp are coated, fry in the deep fryer until golden brown. Immediately transfer to paper towel to blot excess oil and season with salt and pepper.

Step 5

To assemble the slider, coat the inside of the KING’S HAWAIIAN rolls with the Katsu sauce. Add cabbage slaw, fried shrimp, and add top bun to finish. Enjoy!

Photos by Peter Pham


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King’s Hawaiian Bread Turkey Taco Dip

Whoever doesn’t like King’s Hawaiian Bread has got to be crazy. There would probably be a death match here at Foodbeast for that that last piece of sweet and fluffy stuff. King’s Hawaiian Bread is an obvious good pick for sweet dishes such as french toast or bread pudding, but have you ever thought about it in a savory dish? Here’s a recipe that we’ve never seen before, by King’s Hawaiian Bread and it’s a prefect dip for all that game-day tailgating coming up!

Turkey Taco Dip

Serves: 12-16

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 (20 oz.) package ground turkey
  • 1 (1.25 oz) package taco seasoning
  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
  • 2 loaves King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Round Bread
  • 1 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 Roma tomato, chopped

Preparation

  1. Place oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add turkey and cook until browned, stirring to break meat into small pieces.
  3. Stir in taco seasoning. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Place refried beans in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until heated through. Set aside.
  5. Using a serrated knife, slice the top half-inch off the King’s Original Hawaiian Sweet Round Bread. Remove the interior of the loaf leaving a thickness of one inch around the sides and bottom.
  6. Cut reserved bread and other loaf into 1-inch cubes and toast the cubes for dipping.
  7. Spoon refried beans into the bottom of the bread bowl.
  8. Sprinkle two-thirds of the cheese over beans.
  9. Spoon turkey mixture over cheese.
  10. Top with remaining cheese, sour cream, green onions, and tomatoes.
  11. Serve with round bread cubes and a spoon to help spread this hearty dip.
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