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No Pancakes

Sometimes the conversation at our house goes something like this:

“Where do you wanna eat?”

“I dunno, where you wanna eat?”

“I dunno, asked you first.”

I won’t bore you with the complete conversation but you get the gist of  it. This usually goes on for several minutes in various mutations.That’s what happened today.

We ended up at Koa Pancake House (46-126 Kahuhipa Street, Kaneohe, Hawaii), a kind of go to place for us.

The cat is still looking for a good eggs Benedict.

Mahi Benedict

She ordered the mahi Benedict. Had the right volume of Hollandaise sauce and the egg was correctly poached. It was good, but her search continues.

I ordered what might be considered the “blue plate special”, a choice of two (teri chicken, chicken cutlet, teri beef, kalbi, etc.).

“Combo Plate”

I chose the teri chicken and chicken cutlet, breakfast potatoes, and side salad.

Side Salad

Diner food. Nothing fancy. Gets the job done.

Go to a pancake house and not order pancakes. Go figure. :)

Off to watch the closing ceremonies on TV. K’bye.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Had some out-of-town relatives visiting. Auntie M was nice enough to throw a dinner (New Empress Restaurant, 100 Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii).

Auntie ordered a very good menu.

Dried Scallop Soup

Taro Duck

One of the best I’ve had in a long time.

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Capital Style Pork Chop

Steamed Whole Fish

Beef with Chinese Broccoli

Steamed Chicken

Minute Chicken Cake Noodle

Love of food runs deep in our family. Hee hee.

Thanks for the invite auntie, excellent choices.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Casting Fate to the Wind

I was striking out for lunch yesterday. The first place I wanted to try, no parking, the second place, no service. Finally, got a hit at the third place.

Sign

The Food Company (1020 Keolu Drive,  Kailua, Hawaii). They had an option on the local dishes list, a mix plate of three items.

Mixed Plate

Homemade hamburger steak, breaded mahi mahi, and misoyaki grilled chicken (all the basic food groups, except pork). :) Brown rice and stir-fried veggies to make it a balanced meal. Yum.

Sometimes it’s good to not get your first choice. The surprises can be just as satisfying.

Heading off to the kitchen now.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Last night we had a bit of difficulty finding dinner. First it was Chinese, then it was Japanese. But for various reasons, we couldn’t get a table. By this time, The Cat was meowing, hissing, and almost scratching for food. At the last-minute, I thought of here.

Sign

They’re supposed to have a good steamed pig feet dish, a stewed goat dish, and other delicacies. Unfortunately, we got in a few minutes after  their happy hour to take advantage of reduced prices. Sigh.

By this time, The Cat wanted something hot and soupy to settle her stomach. She ordered handmade noodles with potatoes and clams.

Hand Made Noodles with Potatoes and Clams

The combination sounds weird, but somehow, it works. The hot soup did it’s job.

I ordered the house combination plate.

Combination Plate

Bulgogi, chicken, and kalbi. Everything prepared very well. Both The Cat and The Mouse were happy and satisfied.

The restaurant also had some unusual banchanitems.

Steamed Egg Custard

Hot and Spicy Butterfish

Too many bones for The Mouse, The Cat didn’t mind.

I have to go back later for the steamed pig feet. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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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.

Pork Intestine with Preserved Vegetables

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.

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.

Steamed Chicken with Mushroom and Red Date

The chicken was very tender and flavorful. I think the kitchen forgot the red dates though.

Braised Minced Beef with Spinach

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.

The Mouse

An update: The Cat went back the next day and pork tongue is no longer on the menu. So sad. :(

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