Fish and Chips by Uncles owner Bruce Johnson
Bruce Johnson is the founder of Uncles located originally at Pier 38 and currently operating his new store in Pearl Ridge where they are doing it old school. Created by a fisherman as a tribute to his mentors and heroes, Uncle’s was designed as an unpretentious place for fresh fish and best-in-class seafood products.
Bruce says the Uncles were hard to get to know, tenacious, humble, a bit kolohe – they could be rascals – but very honorable. Today Uncle’s is known for honest, made to order food that locals crave and visitors seek when looking for an authentic Hawaii meal.
They have a couple of our favorites, fish and chips and their award-winning garlic ahi. This episode is special to Lanai because Bruce has ties to his hometown of Lana’i. This should be a fun show where we talk a little history, old neighborhoods and of course he makes his famous fish and chips.
6oz fresh ono fillet
1 cup flour
1 cup panko
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil to cover fish in pan or fryer
Remove blood line of fish.
Cut into long 2 oz pieces.
Mix egg and salt and pepper in bowl.
Roll pieces in flour.
Drop pieces into egg wash.
Roll pieces in panko.
Be sure to cover all sides with the flour and the panko.
Drop pieces in heated oil either in fryer or deep pan. Be sure oil is at 350 degrees.
Cook for 5 minutes or until brown.
Serve with your favorite tartar sauce, coleslaw and a lemon wedge.