Made in Hawaii Recipe: Poke Stop

The 15th annual Made in Hawaii Festival takes place August 20-22 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. Festival-goers will enjoy shopping for a selection of ono food, books, unique gifts, arts & crafts, music, plants, jewelry and more. A highlight of the festival each year is the cooking demonstrations from some of Hawaii’s finest chefs.


Cooking demonstrations are made possible with the support of the participating restaurants and the Department of Agriculture’s Hawaii Seal of Quality program.

Long-time Made in Hawaii Festival participant, Chef Elmer Guzman, the executive chef and owner of Poke Stop, will kick-off the cooking demonstrations on Friday, August 20 at 2 p.m.

Chef Elmer is preparing two dishes at the Festival–Singapore style black pepper shrimp and Pulled duck wonton with Lemongrass pineapple sweet and sour.

Here are the recipes for the sauces:

Singapore black pepper sauce

2 tbs. oyster sauce
1 tbs granulated sugar
1 tbs. chopped onion
4 tbs water
1 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs chopped garlic
2 tbs ground black pepper
1 tbs. salad oil.


In a sauce pan, heat oil and sweat onion and garlic until transparent. Add rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes and set-aside.

Lemongrass/pineapple sweet and sour sauce

1 cup rice wine vinegar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 finger ginger smashed
1 stalk thinly sliced lemongrass
1 tbs chili garlic sauce
½ cup diced pineapple
1 tsp black sesame seed optional


In a sauce pot, combine vinegar and sugar bring to a boil and reduce by half. Set-aside and add rest of ingredients.

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About the chef

Elmer Guzman, Poke Stop

Elmer Guzman is the Chef/Owner of two Poke Stop restaurants and thriving catering business on the island of O‘ahu. Chef Guzman, born and raised on the island of Maui, gained real world “hands-on” experience in the kitchens of fellow master chefs Alan Wong, Emeril Lagasse, Sam Choy and at the Greenbrier—one of world’s most difficult and prestigious culinary programs. Chef Guzman is equally comfortable in a fine dining setting as he is prepping local-style comfort food for his growing fan base.
There are two locations on O‘ahu – in the Waipahu Town Center at 94-050 Farrington Hwy and in the Mililani Gateway at 95-1840 Meheula Prkwy.
Call 808-676-8100(Waipahu) or 808-626-3400(Mililani) or visit for more information. Follow Chef Elmer on twitter @pokestop.

The Made in Hawaii Festival Cooking Demonstrations are coordinated by HONOLULU Magazine and are sponsored in part by the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture’s Hawaii Seal of Quality program. All of the recipes featured include farm fresh Made in Hawaii local produce or seafood resources.

The Hawaii Seal of Quality  represents the cream of the crop of Hawaii’s agricultural producers. It was established to protect the integrity and value of the marketing cachet for Hawaii branded farm and value-added products.  Products with this seal are genuine, Hawai’i-grown or Hawai’i-made premium products, a guarantee that is enforced by the State of Hawaii.

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