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Pipi Kaula Recipe - Polynesian Cultural Center Ali'i Luau


Pipi Kaula, Hawaiian-style jerky, is made of flank steak strips marinated in soy sauce, red peppers and water, dried in a dry box. It is a favorite at many Hawaiian luaus.

This recipe is courtesy of the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu. Pipi Kaula is served at their Ali'i Luau.

For more information on the Polynesian Cultural Luau Center Ali'i Luau visit their website.

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 7 hours

Total Time: 8 hours


  • 2 lbs flank steak
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Hawaiian salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 each clove garlic, minced
  • 1 each piece ginger, crushed
  • 1 each red chili pepper, crushed (optional)


Cut beef into strips about 1-1/3 inch wide. Combine all other ingredients and soak beef in the sauce overnight. If you have a drying box, place the meat in hot sun for two days, bringing it in at night. If drying in the oven, set oven to 175 degrees. Place meat on a rack such as a cake cooking rack. Place rack on a cookie sheet and dry meat in oven for 7 hours. Keep in refrigerator.
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