If you are seeking an easy manapua recipe here's the one I used:
1/2 lb. ground pork or hamburger
1/4 c. chopped green onion1/4 c. minced water chestnuts
2-3 tbsp. char siu powder mix:
2 cans refrigerator buttermilk biscuits
Brown ground pork or beef; add water chestnuts and char siu powder. Add green onions and turn off heat. Drain oil and let cool.
Flatten biscuit in your hand to create a 2 inch round circle. Place a heaping teaspoon of filling in center of biscuit. Pinch edges of biscuit closed and place on waxed paper.
(Optional: place a dot of red food coloring on the top of each manapua.)
Bake for 10-12 minutes in 350 degree oven or steam for 15 minutes in steamer. Makes 20 manapuas.
How did the girls like them? Well, honestly......Momo wouldn't eat one (because I also made chow funn noodles, which she loves) and Kailani only ate the breaded part of the manapua. ARRRRGH. Eight-year olds....I swear!