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Manapua (meat-filled dinner rolls) Recipe

Manapua (meat-filled dinner rolls) Recipe

King Kamehameha Day (June 11th) honors a legendary Hawaiian king who ruled the islands from 1782 to 1819. Your family can mark this special day with manapua,a popular Hawaiian dish.



  • 11/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster-flavored sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon five-spice powder


  • 1/2 pound ground pork or chicken
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons water chestnuts, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 cans (11.3-ounces each) dinner
  • rolls, such as Pillsbury


  1. Heat the oven to 350º. In a small bowl, whisk together the char sui ingredients and set them aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the meat over medium-high heat until it's no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the scallion, garlic, ginger, and water chestnuts and sauté 1 minute. Stir in the char sui and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  3. In a small cup, dissolve the cornstarch in the water and pour it over the simmering meat. Cook for another minute or two until the juices have thickened, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Line two small baking sheets with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the biscuits from the cans and flatten each one into a 4-inch circle. Place a level tablespoon of the filling in the center of each circle. Gather the dough edges together and pinch tightly to close.
  5. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet pinched side down and brush the tops with water or egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon of water). Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 16 biscuits.