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Cooking at home this Valentine's Day

Colin Hazama Colin Hazama

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Planning a romantic dinner at home this Valentine's Day? Trying a new recipe could be a large undertaking so we caught up with one of Hawaii's top young chef's to find out what to cook your loved one this holiday.

They say a way to a man's heart is through his stomach. So what to put in that stomach to capture his heart this Valentine's Day? We get a lesson in cooking Hawaii's best fish with Colin Hazama, executive chef of Rumfire.

"Always take the fish off after it's a little undercooked it will carry over it's heat, make sure you don't over whelm the fish keep it nice and simple," Hazama said.

For fishermen, kumu is a prized fish. It's flakey white meat is considered a delicacy. "Here were going to season our kumu, were going to season both sides, a little bit of salt," Hazama said.

If you can't find Kumu, replace it with onaga or snapper. After the fish is seasoned boil it in a mixture of water, cream, sherry, and butter. "You are going to let that sit for three minutes, three minutes that's it," Hazama said.

He says use fresh, local ingredients to serve with the butter poached kumu. "Tomato, sea asparagus relish, and a shoyu vinaigrette. Make it nice and pretty yeah anything that you want to do," Hazama said.

It tastes as good as it looks. Hazama was voted Hawaii's top young chef by Hospitality Magazine. He says fish is a quick and easy meal to share with someone special.

"This is something now that people can do at home a little different twist that still has that same local flavor," Hazama said.

If you are still overwhelmed leave it up to the professionals. This Valentine's day Hazama created a special four course menu for Rumfire.

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