Recipe: Pork Cracklings & Foil Wrapped Mahi

Poke Stop owner/chef Elmer Guzman presented two recipes for Pork Cracklings and Foil Wrapped Mahi at this year’s Made in Hawaii Festival.

Chef Elmer has Hale Aina Awards roots from working in the kitchens at Alan Wong’s Restaurant and Sam Choy’s. He recently opened a new Poke Stop location in Mililani in addition to his Waipahu restaurant.

Here are the two recipes he presented at the Festival:

Pork cracklings

1# pork belly cut into 1 in. cuts
½ gallon water
¼ c. white vinegar


  • Place all ingredients in a sauce pot and bring to boil for 1 – 1 ½ hour till fork tender.
  • Cool.
  • In a wok heat oil to 325-350 degree and fry pork belly cubes till golden brown.
  • Once done place on dry rag to soak up oil and sprinkle with chef E spice

Foil wrapped mahi w/ shrimp and anchovy garlic butter

Ingredients (serves 1 )
3 oz. mahi mahi fillet
2 each . 16/20 shrimp
1 oz. anchovy garlic butter
¼ each Baby bok choy
½ oz. shiitake mushroom sliced
2 leaves basil
½ oz. sliced onions
Squeeze of lemon
Optional pinch chili pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
Sheet of foil


  • Place foil onto the table and place baby bok choy, onions and shiitake mushroom in direct center.
  • Place mahi mahi on vegetables followed by shrimp.
  • Place anchovy butter and basil and squeeze ¼ lemon to fish.
  • Wrap foil like a package and place in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes till done.

Chef Elmer Guzman. Photo: courtesy of 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.

Want to see what chef Elmer is up to? Follow him on Twitter: @pokestop.

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

The 14th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival took place on Friday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 22 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is produced by the Made in Hawaii Association and is presented by First Hawaiian Bank.