The Beautiful Soul of Maui
It happened about two weeks ago. After months that were eerily quiet with so few people on our beautiful island we began to pick up on a sense of “movement” for lack of better word. Yes, a return of a pulsing energy was returning to the beautiful soul of Maui. As more hotels have cautiously opened and our new COVID cases have remained quite low, it appears that the pre-test program has been working for most of the neighbor islands.
Interestingly, the activity in the real estate market in West Maui has been healthy, with a great deal of interest in single-family residences and new builds. Upon researching why this might be, we had an enlightening conversation with a client about it. “It’s simple,” she said. “If the past seven months have taught me anything it’s that life is short. Our dream has always been to own a home on this beautiful island and we decided it’s time to make that dream a reality. So we did.”
Another friend mentioned that our year-round moderate temperatures will make it easy to continue outdoor activities, thereby adding a layer of precaution to our safe distancing practices. He said in his mainland home area, they are reaching the point of staying indoors most of the time and he’s happy to forego that sense of isolation. “When I’m on Maui, we can go to the beach, play golf, take our walks or just go out to a restaurant with outdoor seating.” He added, “Having the Pacific Ocean in the background doesn’t hurt either.”
We know many of you have big plans for Thanksgiving. But perhaps you have time for one more local dish? Or maybe you can add a little flash of “different” to your holiday menu. One of the joys of Hawaii is the celebration of many cultures and the foods they offer. With that in mind, how about some Korean Kalbi Ribs on your menu?
We wish you the best of holidays and don’t forget to follow those dreams!
Kalbi Style Maui Ribs
- 1 small thumb (~2 inches) ginger, peeled and grated
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 4 green onions
- 1 cup soy sauce
- ½ cup Mirin
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 kg flanken style short ribs
Mix all marinade ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 40 seconds on high (enough to warm through), and stir to dissolve the sugar.
Lay ribs in a marinating dish with a decent lip- there will be a fair amount of marinade for the ribs to soak in, but we want them to really bathe. Pour marinade over the ribs and shuffle to make sure all of them are fully coated. Cover and refrigerate overnight. If you can, rotate the ribs in the marinade again the morning.
Cook ribs on the barbecue for 3-5 minutes a side- these are thin cuts so they will cook quickly. Serve immediately with a side of rice, veggies and furikake.