This past Sunday, Panda Cuisine again (they’re still doing grand opening promotions). Their menu lists seventy-two lunch specials for $7.99, which includes soup of the day and steamed rice and The Cat is determined to try most of them if not all (she’s already gone through about a third of the list).
I’ve wanted to try one of the menu items, pork tongue, for a while. So with hearts and minds set on pork tongue we frequented the restaurant once again. The owner informs us no pork tongue. Major disappointment. A scramble for a substitute. The owner recommends pork intestines with preserved vegetables. We agree.
Since bell peppers and The Cat don’t get along, I start on the bell peppers. The Cat took one bite of the intestine and starts acting like she’s trying to cough up a hairball. Tells me to stop eating. (Readers with queasy stomachs may want to look away for a moment). The intestines were not clean. The Cat said there was a definite funky taste and texture going on. (I guess they didn’t use a garden hose (see Banner of the Pig)
Okay, you can open your eyes now.
To the restaurants credit, they whisked the dish away, no questions asked. We substituted pork belly with preserved vegetables.
A sort of hit. I think any other day, I would have been pleased as punch. However, after not getting pork tongue and the intestines being what they were, the pork belly was just okay. Not a good sign. Sigh.
We also ordered steamed chicken with mushroom and red date.
The chicken was very tender and flavorful. I think the kitchen forgot the red dates though.
This was actually very good. The minced beef over rice was comfort food.
So there you have it, another adventure at New Panda Cuisine (641 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu, Hawaii)
We should have had that guy that does Bizarre Foods as our guest.
Enjoy. Eat well.
An update: The Cat went back the next day and pork tongue is no longer on the menu. So sad.