#90 arriving in Oahu, Hawaii at Restaurant Indigo - Chef
Glenn Chu, plus a visit with the Oahu Audubon Society!
Arriving in Oahu we were welcomed instantly by the incredible
hospitality of Chef Glenn Chu at Restaurant Indigo. Located
in the heart of Oahu’s Chinatown, Indigo is a large,
but very warm restaurant setting, surrounded by Asian artwork
and antiques that are inviting to the senses.
Chef Glenn took us on a heart-warming tour of his childhood
memories, being a local Hawaii boy with roots in a traditional
Chinese family. He recalls how his Chinese grandmother who
grew her own vegetables in her Manoa garden, and cooked
prodigious meals for the family in her giant wok on the
wood burning stoves in the backyard. Chef Glenn remembers
her strict Taoist spirituality and how that transcended
into her particular recipe preparations for specific occasions,
and also how he would assist her with cooking for large
All we know is that Chef Glenn Chu is one special person!
He exudes the balance of the universe, while entertaining
scores of hungry restaurant guests, and while making time
to prepare some of the most delicious food we’ve ever
eaten! In our time together, Chef Glenn prepared a crazy
amount of mouth-watering treats!
For our episode Chef Glenn prepares a Braised Tofu with
Chili Peppers, which combines the texture of soft Tofu with
the flavorful zing of Chili Peppers… this is a dish
that just makes your lips just smack for more!
Then Chef Glenn went back to his Wok to whip up some super
fresh Green Beans in a tangy brown sauce that just rocks!
And if that isn’t enough, he then shows us how to
create the most delicious Chinese Eggplant in Black Bean
Sauce that will make you dial the phone right now to make
reservations at his Indigo restaurant!
To top it off, Chef Glenn takes us into his ‘Opium
Room,’ where he shows off the luxurious day-bed and
ornate carvings- truly a magical Restaurant with so many
interesting spaces to explore and to enjoy, and right in
the heart of Oahu’s Chinatown!
In this show we’re also so blessed to have the opportunity
to visit with the Waimea Valley Audubon Center,
which is home to 36 botanical gardens and about 6,000 rare
species of plants. In ancient times, the valley was a thriving
area for taro farmers. Archaeological excavations uncovered
many house foundations and several large heiau (sacred temples).
Today, the valley is as beautiful as ever. Visitors can
enjoy a 3.5-mile self-guided nature walk to the park’s
focal attraction: 40-foot Waimea Falls, which the public
is allowed to swim. We were so lucky to have David Orr,
the Botanical Program Coordinator take us around and show
us all of the abounding beauty that is so precious to take
in. All of our episodes from Hawaii will include glimpses
of the flowers and nature that the Waimea Valley Audubon
Center has to offer. This is a must see place!