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ulu beef stew

Wafu (Japanese style) ʻulu stew, a Kapiʻolani Community College student’s winning culinary creation, will be available at 7-Eleven Hawaiʻi stores for a limited time beginning on August 3.

2 culinary students cooking
Jeongyeon Shim and Eri Abe

Eri Abe’s savory stew and fellow student Jeongyeon Shim’s tteokbokki, spicy rice cake stir-fry, were the co-first-place winners of a 7-Eleven Hawaiʻi competition to create a better-for-you bento or entrée in December 2020.

“I hope people taste this bento,” Abe said after winning. “Many people don’t know breadfruit like ʻulu, so I want people to know about the vegetables.”

Abe and Shim each won $1,000. Shim’s winning dish was featured at 7-Eleven Hawaiʻi locations earlier this summer.

Students worked closely with 7-Eleven Hawaiʻi’s Senior Category Manager of Fresh Foods Debbie Lee Soon.

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“This is the third year that we have partnered with Kapiʻolani Community College and our second year with Leeward Community College,” Soon said. “Year after year,
we have seen a lot of enthusiasm, pride and creativity from participating students.”

Wafu ʻulu stew will sell for $5.99 at Oʻahu stores and $6.99 at stores on other islands.

Abe and Shim both graduated from Kapiʻolani CC in the spring.

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