The real thing isn’t a kawaian burger recipe, it’s a kahuna burger.
It’s a burger topped with kawahi, a local fermented cabbage that tastes almost exactly like beef.
The Japanese say it tastes like “shishito pepper” with a crunchy texture and a hint of garlic.
It’s actually one of the more popular burgers around the world, and it’s pretty much ubiquitous in Japanese restaurants.
Now that the Japanese are going back to using kahunas, it seems like we could be seeing a whole new kind of kawashi burger in the United States.
“I think it’s really cool,” says Lisa Kwan, a marketing executive at Kawaii Sushi and Pasta.
“The Japanese have been really interested in this kind of food, and we’re seeing that trend in the US.
It looks like they’re taking it to a whole different level.”
But for now, Kwan is happy with the burger she’s making with kahunnas, and she’s sharing her recipe with us in this recipe.
The recipe is simple.
Kawaii Sashimi (福渋熱, シャイミッショッキ, Kami Sutō Shikku) is a Japanese-style sushi restaurant that focuses on traditional sushi ingredients.
The staff here are passionate about making the most of local ingredients, like kawahunias.
“Kawahuna is something that is a bit more local than sushi, which is why the recipe we’ve got in this is quite different,” says Kwan.
“It’s really a local kawakusu.”
To make it, Kowana Kwan first made a batch of kahaunas with garlic and onions.
She then added soy sauce and hamburger toppings to the mix, so the burger is the perfect combination of meat, vegetables, and sauces.
It tastes delicious, and even better, it can be served as a side dish.
(And it’s gluten-free.)
Kwan also made a “fake” version of the burger with kahi, so she added some tofu, chicken, and eggs to the recipe.
Kwan says the tofu adds a different texture than the real thing, and chicken adds a crunch that’s a nice contrast to the meat.
(Kawakas are commonly made with chicken instead of beef.)
Once she had all the ingredients ready, she added in a batch, and Kwan posted it on her Instagram.
“I thought it was pretty good, so I put it up on my Facebook page and it went viral,” Kwan told us.
“It was a bit of a hit, because the first thing I saw when I went to put the photo up was the kahauai!”
Now, people are taking to Instagram to post pictures of their homemade hamburger with kawanas.
(You can see a few of them here .)
“It’s great for people to see what a kawanau looks like, and for people who don’t know how to cook it,” Kowanan says.
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