Aloha, this is Lynn from the Maui Visitors Bureau and I am going to continue the tasty trend started by our wonderful Malama Maui bloggers. I will be posting tasty topics online. This time I am going to feature the sweet Maui Onion.  These yummy veggies were the stars of the Onion Festival at Whalers Village in Kaanapali the first weekend in May. The line for the deep fried Onion rings was so long it stretched out to the parking lot! Everyone seemed happy to wait for their chance to bite into the hot, fragrant, crunchy Maui Onion rings pictured below. I was surprised to learn that secret to the crisp rings is batter a heavy Tempura batter well blended!

Sweet Maui Onion Rings

Celebrity chefs gave delicious demos all day at the Whalers Village main stage. One of tastiest looking dishes was the Sansei Asian Crusted Meyer Natural New York Steak on Caramelized Maui Onion and Spinach Risotto with Roasted Maui Onion Demi and Fried Maui Onion rings as prepared by D.K. Kodama and Ivan Pahk of Sansei. Ivan had a good time explaining the steps involved in the cooking the dish as you can see below. One of the audience members asked where you could buy good beef on Maui to make the recipe, D. K. Kodama suggested Times Market with their Sterling brand beef while audience members said that Foodland, Lahaina Farms, Longs Drugs and the Pukalani Superette all stock the tasty island grazed Maui Cattle Company beef. Many Maui restaurants serve the Maui Cattle Company beef as well, for a complete list go to The recipe for the Asian spice mix that was used on the pictured Sansei Steak as presented at the Maui Onions festival follows.

Chef Ivan Pahk of Sansei cooks at the Maui Onion Festival

Asian Spice Mix

¼ Cup Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese 7 spice mix)
¼ cup Furikake (Japanese Rice Seasoning)
¼ Cracked Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Whole Dried Thyme
2 Tablespoons Sugar, Granulated
1 Tablespoon Hawaiian Salt


Lightly baste your favorite steaks with salad oil. Crust both sides of the steaks with the Asian spice mix. Add a little oil to a sauté pan and add the steaks. Pan sear the steak golden brown on each side. Transfer them to your oven and cook to them until they are done to your taste.

Sansei Asian Crusted Meyer Natural New York Steak

Sansei Asian Crusted Meyer Natural New York Steak with Sweet Maui Onion Strings