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Last day of the long weekend. This time The Mouse participated.

Breakfast.

Local Joint

Local Joint

First time for The Cat. The Mouse has been coming here for years (mostly when The Cat works late).

The Cat's French Toast

The Cat’s French Toast

Not gourmet, but better than some places that charge three to four times as much.

The Mouse's Breakfast

The Mouse’s Breakfast

Chinese sausage omelet over fried rice.

Close-Up (With SPAM!)

Close-Up (With SPAM!)

Then a trip to the outlet mall. Almost everything was on sale. Scored a few items, The Cat more than The Mouse.

Lunch.

Here

Here

Menu Cover

Menu Cover

Legacy

Legacy

When they were closer to town, we used to frequent them (in the bowling alley). The bowling alley is gone (replaced by a chain pharmacy). (Joni Mitchell is playing in the background.) They moved to the Waimalu area, and it was harder to get to. But since we were in the area, sorta, a good opportunity. :)

One of their “condiments” is freshly grated ginger.

The Pot

The Pot

To compliment the soup. Me, I put it on almost everything (with a drop of soy sauce … mmm).

Now, after all that, we didn’t order their famous soup (kinda).

The Cat's Shrimp Stir-Fry

The Cat’s Shrimp Stir-Fry

The Mouse kinda had their oxtail soup.

A Cup of Oxtail Broth

A Cup of Oxtail Broth

Had to. :)

The Mouse's Chop Steak

The Mouse’s Chop Steak

Kinda like beef chop suey, just not in a Chinese chop suey house. Fresh ginger on rice with dash of shoyu, mmm.

The Cat equates the stir-fry sauce to XO sauce. Probably not so high-end, but it is tasty.

The two meals together? Four dishes? Including tax and tip? Less than 35 bucks! Cheap eats!

That ends the short “staycation”. Back to work tomorrow. Sigh.

Oh yeah, remind me to write about my father and oxtail soup. Soon.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

Caught up with her “WeChat” (think Chinese “Twitter”, kinda).

Found a rocking chair, @ the “Pink Lady”.

Chair

Chair

Curled up with a book.

Lunch

Ate Lunch

Chicken-Almond Salad Sandwich, a Cup of Our Soup and a Small Green Salad. Cheesecake Factory @ Waikiki.

Took a nap.

The Mouse … not so lucky. A full day dealing with “church people”.

At least got a free breakfast, (once a month).

Wheat Germ Pancakes, Turkey Sausage, Macerated Strawberries

Wheat Germ Pancakes, Turkey Sausage, Macerated Strawberries

Trust me, tasted far better than the presentation.

So, how are you spending your extended weekend (if you get one)?

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

 

 

Saturday (time shift) dinner. Auntie M’s. Asia Manoa.

"Spicy" Eggplant (ordered mild)

“Spicy” Eggplant (ordered mild)

Kau Yuk with Taro

Kau Yuk with Taro

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Honey Walnut Shrimp

House Special Noodles (for long life)

House Special Noodles (for long life)

Guava Chiffon Cake

Guava Chiffon Cake

From Saint-Germain Bakery (via Dee-Lite Bakery).

Happy B-Day Auntie M!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse (& The Cat)

“Fried” Salad

The prototype.

"Fried" Salad - First Attempt

“Fried” Salad – First Attempt

Romaine lettuce, slightly stir-fried with sun-dried tomato.

Last night.

"Fried" Salad - The Sequel

“Fried” Salad – The Sequel

Romaine lettuce, caramelized onion, celery, sun-dried tomato. Finished with fresh ground black pepper and a dash of dark rum. :)

Why “fried” salad? Because of the lettuce.

Sautéed, stir-fried, chop suey … semantics. Hee hee.

Still trying to eat “colorful” foods.

Happy long weekend (if you happen to have one).

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

Just me, not following recipes, again, the “spirit” (not in the biblical sense) was there, just not spicy.

From Wikipedia:

Ants Climbing a Tree (simplified Chinese: 蚂蚁上树; traditional Chinese: 螞蟻上樹) is a classic Sichuan dish in Chinese cuisine. The dish consists of ground meat, such as pork, cooked in a sauce and poured over bean thread noodles. It is so-called because the bits of ground meat clinging to the noodles evoke an image of ants walking on twigs.

To make the “ants”, meat is marinated for a short time at room temperature while the noodles are soaked to soften. In a wok, oil is heated until almost smoking. The scallions, garlic, and ginger are cooked slightly in the wok before the marinated meat is added. The softened noodles are added to the wok to soak up the flavor and juices.

The Mouse version:

Raw Materials

Raw Materials

Raw Material

Raw Material

"Raw" (Precooked) Ingredient

“Raw” (Precooked) Ingredient

Prep

Prep

Prep

Prep

Prep

Prep

Work-in-Progress

Work-in-Progress

Finished Component

Finished Component

Serving "Dish"

Serving “Dish”

"Tah Dah!"

“Tah Dah!”

Seasoned more “Cantonese” style (salt, sugar, soy sauce) than Sichuan style (hot bean paste). Also added a beaten egg to the mix to help “bind” the ingredients.

The Cat liked. :)

Maybe I should call my version “Ants Walking Across Forrest Floor”?

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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