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Hawaiian Garlic Pepper Water

This is a condiment that you will find at every family get together. It is the island equivalent to salt for some. There are many different versions.
Often time when someone brings poke to a pot luck, it is usually accompanied by a bottle of store-bought or home-made Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water, which is left for the hostess.
Chef Alan Wong has bottles of his version on each and every table in his restaurants here.
Posted By: Deirdre K Todd
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Ready In: Allow to Sit Overnight 0 mins
Course Marinades, Sauces
Cuisine Hawaiian, Local
Servings 1 Quart.


  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 inch ginger, peeled, crushed
  • 2 TB Hawaiian salt
  • 3-4 Hawaiian chili peppers, crushed
  • 1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper


  • In a saucepan over medium high heat; combine water, vinegar, garlic, ginger and salt.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Remove garlic and ginger.
  • Add pepper.
  • Allow to sit overnight.
  • Transfer into bottles.
  • Store in refrigerator.
  • Makes 1 quart.
Keyword condiment, hawaiian, chili pepper water, condiment, salt, pot luk, Chef Alan Wong
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