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Remember the previous post about steamed rice with cured duck and pork belly and Chinese sausage?

So, last night, we stopped in at one of our go-to cheap eat places for $4.99 BiBimBap (Chodang Restaurant).

The Cat's Vegetarian BiBimBap

The Cat’s Vegetarian BiBimBap

The Mouse's BiBimBap (with meat)

The Mouse’s BiBimBap (with meat)

Normally, I would be happy as a clam with this. But so close to the other night’s cured meat over rice, the dish was kind of meh. “It’s not you, it’s me.”

I’m sure the next time we visit, everything will be back to normal. Oh well, sometimes, timing is everything. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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In more ways than one.

The cuz P and I have been talking about trying out this place for a while.

Sign

Sign

2033 North King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. Known for their prime rib on the weekends, and fried chicken. To put the place in perspective, it would be an excellent candidate for that show about diners and dives, you know the one.

One reason we took so long in getting here, B was reluctant, I’ll just leave it at that. Another reason is their hours.

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

The sign is no joke. It’s fo’ real.

So yesterday we finally got the chance AND convinced cuz B to go. We almost had to tie her up (just kidding). “She not local that’s why”. :)

P & B ordered the prime rib.

Prime Rib Plate

Prime Rib Plate

I went for the grilled fish and fried chicken combo.

Grilled Fish and Fried Chicken Plate

Grilled Fish and Fried Chicken Plate

Sorry, senior moment, I forgot what kind of fish.

Portions are huge, notice no “unnecessary” accoutrements, not even a sprig of parsley, not complaining, just an observation.

The prime rib was done well well done, the fish and chicken too. Chicken was crispy on the outside (almost like cracklins), yet moist and tender on the inside. And yes, I ate the skin. Fish was moist and not overcooked.

I was a little worried that after waiting so long to get here, the reality would not meet our expectations. Won’t speak for the cuzzes, but the food far exceeded my expectations.

So several reasons for my speechlessness. B agreed to go with us, B actually enjoyed her prime rib, the food did not disappoint, and everything, including tax and tip was less than or really close to fifty dollars for all of us.

Must come back for their oxtail stew, looked really ono. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Stayed out late. Cooking would take too long. Picked up Chinese take-out on the way Asian Mix (1234 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii). It was near closing time, the steam tables were a little sparse. Owner gave us more than normal (he didn’t want leftovers).

The Cat's Dinner

The Cat’s Dinner

White  rice, greens with tofu, “spicy” eggplant (it was pretty mild), and pot roast duck. The Cat liked.

The Mouse's Dinner

The Mouse’s Dinner

Fried rice, bitter melon, pot roast chicken, “spicy” eggplant, and  steamed vegetables. Comfort food. :)

This place has just become one of The Cat’s favorite places.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Mall Food

Since I started helping at the chocolate shop and The Cat at her office, it’s easier to buy dinner at the mall than try to bring food from home.

Potato Croquettes and Imitation Crab Meat Fritters

Potato Croquettes and Imitation Crab Meat Fritters

Fried Fish with Seaweed Seasoned Rice

Fried Fish with Seaweed Seasoned Rice

Cranberry Cole Slaw

Cranberry Cole Slaw

Chili and Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

Chili and Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

Some of it is not bad, some are better than others. Most were purchased toward the end of the day when the businesses start to discount the prices. Definitely not fine dining by any stretch of the imagination, but when the tummy is rumbling …

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Picked this up at the mall grocery store the other day.

Turkey Burgers with White Rice

Turkey Burgers with White Rice

This was pre-packed in the chilled section. Two burgers and rice, $4.99.

If I had bought the same thing from the deli section, each burger would have been $3.99 plus rice, over $8.00. I would rather buy these from the chiller and warm these up myself.

So, for $4.99, I got two meals of turkey burgers, The Cat got three servings of rice. Each serving just under a dollar. Cheap eats!

The turkey burgers were topped with some kind of barbecue sauce or catsup based sauce, not bad.

Turkey Burger

Turkey Burger

Warmed up the burger and used a whole wheat bun.

The surprise was they were stuffed with Swiss cheese. Had to take a couple of lactose pills, but well worth it.

Stuffed Turkey Burger

Stuffed Turkey Burger

Okay, they’re turkey burgers, not hamburgers, not pork burgers. Ground turkey has a smoother texture than beef or pork. I prefer hamburgers or pork burgers, but for a dollar each? Not bad.

I think I just lucked out. I don’t think these is a regular chilled item. Maybe leftovers.

An update, ate the other burger cold. To me, the burger had a meatier taste and texture cold. Just the cheese cold too, not melted. Oh well, can’t ask for everything … well you can, but may not always get it. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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