Breadfruit (ulu) is a staple food in Hawaii, the Caribbean, South Asia, and Polynesia. It’s similar to jackfruit and has a mild flavor and consistency similar to potatoes and taro, which means it’s also versatile and easy to use in many different dishes. You can find it in Caribbean, Hawaiian, and some Asian grocery stores, or canned at online grocers.
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1 whole steamed ulu (bread fruit),* skinned, cored, and cubed (about 8 cups), or two 16-ounce cans breadfruit, drained
1⁄2 cup sweet onion, finely sliced into rounds
2 cups ogo (Hawaiian seaweed) or other seaweed, chopped
11⁄2 cups scallions, finely sliced 3⁄4 cup sesame seed oil
3 tablespoons inamona**
In a large mixing bowl, combine cubed ulu, most of the onion (reserving some for garnish), 11⁄2 cups ogo (reserving 1⁄2 cup for garnish), and 1 cup scallions (reserving 1⁄2 cup for garnish).
Add sesame seed oil and toss to coat evenly.
Add inamona and salt to taste.
Garnish with reserved onion, ogo, and scallions. Serve immediately.
*You can substitute with jackfruit.
**Inamona is a Hawaiian condiment made from roasted candlenuts and salt. If you can’t find it, substitute with sea salt to taste and toasted sesame seeds and chopped macadamia nuts or pine nuts.
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