Cooking, Singing And Laughing With Kaleo

Kaleo Pilanca adds chicken broth to his Hamburger Watercress Kaleo Pilanca is one of the funniest guys I know. He is truly Mr. Aloha and the life of the party.

We spent many years on stage, on the radio and in front of the barbecue.


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Hawaiian music icon Noelani Mahoe sings along with Pilanca PHOTOS COURTESY COOKING HAWAIIAN STYLE

This Hawaiian-Filipino guy can cook a great sabao or soup and entertain you at the same time.

One of his simplest recipes, hamburger water-cress, is one of those comfort foods you must have once in a while.


* 1 pound ground beef
* 2 bunches watercress, chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 cups chicken broth
* 1 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
* salt and pepper, to taste
* cooking oil

Heat oil in pan and add garlic to hot oil. Add ground beef and brown. Remove excess fat. Cut watercress into bite-sized pieces and add to pot. Stir ingredients in pot, adding soy sauce and chicken broth. I usually like to add enough broth to cover the ground beef and watercress, and add the shoyu to taste, starting with 1/4 cup and adding more as necessary. Simmer and serve over hot rice!

Watch episodes of Kaleo and other guests on Cooking Hawaiian Style on OC16 On Demand channels 15 and 1015 or on Channels 12 and 1012 at the following times: Monday: 2 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Tuesday: 1:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 4:30 a.m.; Thursday: 9:30 a.m.; Friday: noon; Saturday: 5 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 and 8 p.m. Visit for more of Kaleo’s recipes.