Aloha Stir Fry

Happy New Year all! Let’s start it with a big ALOOOOOOOHA!!! Aloha, as you know, means hello, goodbye, and love in Hawaiian. What you may not know is that it is also a way of life, or Aloha Spirit. My mom has told me I have this in spades since I was little. Aloha spirit is all about welcoming and loving people from all walks of life into your own. Its about caring and sharing your heart openly and freely. This is probably the biggest reason I started a blog, to share my world and joy with everyone. Maybe inspire a few people along the way too. I am so excited to begin 2015 by knowing I lived Aloha in 2014, which made it an awesome year, and will do the same for as long as I live! Try it! Yell as loud as you can right now: ALOOOOOOOHA! Did someone say it back? Did someone look at you funny? Make sure you look them dead in the eye and give the biggest grin you can 🙂 Now you’re getting it!

So I had this idea… I wanted to use the wok, I wanted steak, I wanted to make a stir fry. Simple enough… but I wanted to make it my way. What is my way? Well I love sweet and sour anything so I knew I wanted to do a spin on that. Not to mention I’m really close to having a sweet and sour sauce that is to die for! A few more tweaks and we’re there! So using the immeasurable genius of my father’s teriyaki steak and my mother’s way with island style herbs and saucyness, I give you Aloha Stir Fry!

Aloha Stir Fry. Steak, veggies, and chow mein in a special tangy island style sauce. Small Town Girl Blog.

Ingredientsaloha stir fry

  • 1 lb tri tip steak thinly sliced
  • Chow mein noodles
  • ½ yellow onion sliced
  • 2 cups Aloha soy sauce (if you can’t find it, reduced sodium soy sauce will work too)
  • ¼ tsp fresh ginger shreddedIMG_5179
  • 4 garlic cloves minced – divided
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp seasame oil
  • Veggies of your choosing: Bean sprouts, carrot, broccoli, snow peas, snap peas, etc.

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 10-15 minutes

Servings: 4


Marinade steak in  shoyu, oyster sauce, ginger, ½ the garlic, and brown sugar for 1 hour.

Aloha Stir Fry. Steak, veggies, and chow mein in a special tangy island style sauce. Small Town Girl Blog.

Prepare chow mein noodles according to package directions.

In a large measuring glass or bowl whisk apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice, hoisin, sesame oil, and cornstarch.

Chop and prep your veggies. I like to have everything ready to go before I start using the wok.

Aloha Stir Fry. Steak, veggies, and chow mein in a special tangy island style sauce. Small Town Girl Blog.

Heat wok and cook steak with 1/2 cup of marinade for about 2-3 minutes on each side.


While steak is cooking, add 1 cup of the marinade to the apple cider mix you just made and whisk.

Remove steak from Wok

Add onion, the other 1/2 of the garlic and any other firm veggies that need to be cooked for a bit in the wok to soak up the liquid (about 3 minutes).

Add noodles, the rest of the veggies, and steak to the wok and stir.

Aloha Stir Fry. Steak, veggies, and chow mein in a special tangy island style sauce. Small Town Girl Blog.

Add the marinade/apple cider vinegar mix to  the wok at about 1/2 a cup every couple of minutes and toss. The liquid will soak up so taste test before adding each 1/2 cup. Once it’s to your liking, stop! You may not need to use all the liquid.

Cook until it’s food 🙂 About 5-8 minutes.

Aloha Stir Fry. Steak, veggies, and chow mein in a special tangy island style sauce. Small Town Girl Blog.

28 thoughts on “Aloha Stir Fry

  1. Hi Malia! Thank you for linking up this fabulous recipe and tutorial at Inspiration Monday Party! I am sharing it, and you, on my FB page in a few minutes. I’ll also be pinning this fabulous-ness! XO Julie Redhead Can Decorate

  2. Mmmm… thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m going to have to try it out. It looks so yummy.
    And I love how you used the word “shoyu” in your recipe instructions. My background is Japanese and I grew up calling soy sauce, shoyu. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to just call it soy sauce because none of my friends knew what I was talking about when I called it shoyu!

  3. Oh my that stir fry sounds and looks so good, I’d love to eat that for my dinner. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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  14. Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my button page or via the post guidelines graphic. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

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