Archive for April 20th, 2010

Chinese Taro Cake

Our Uncle W made a big batch of taro cake and shared some with us.  When I was growing up, besides manapua, taro cake was one of my favorite choices at the manapua store front  in Chinatown.  The taro cake is steamed with other ingredients such as charsiu, green onions, dried shrimp, and Chinese salted olives.   I understand that making the taro cake is pretty labor intensive.  Over the years, as ingredients got more expensive, commercial producers tended to cut back on or dilute the ingredients.  Uncle W used large chunks of the Chinese barbecue pork, sesame seeds and Chinese salted olives (the black splotches near the edges). 

Chinese Taro Cake, By Uncle W.

Thanks Uncle W.


The Mouse is too busy eating.

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Kin Wah Chop Suey

This past Saturday, the stars aligned so that we ate out instead of cooking at home.  We were busy running errands and I didn’t have time to prepare dinner.  In addition, our little patch of chives were getting a bit overgrown.  It may look like a bunch of weeds to you, but believe me, it’s a small patch of chives.

Our Chives Patch

We trimmed the chives and took it to our neighborhood go to Chinese restaurant.  Since we consider ourselves regulars, at least the staff recognize us, we asked if they could use the chives and make tomato with eggs (if you are new to this blog, it’s one of the Cat’s favorite dishes).  This is their version.  Instead of keeping the eggs separate, they incorporated the eggs into the sauce.

Tomato and Eggs, Kin Wah Style

We also ordered broccoli with Chinese sausage (lup cheong, I think this is the Cantonese spelling).  Kind of like beef broccoli except with Chinese sausage.

Broccoli with Chinese Sausage (Lup Cheong)

In my opinion, Kin Wah makes a killer fried rice.

Fried Rice

As always, Kin Wah makes very good comfort food.  The tomato and eggs with the fried rice was excellent.  The broccoli and lup cheong was a good change from beef broccoli.

Here’s their website: http://www.kinwahchopsuey.com/ with a sample menu.

The Cat and The Mouse ate till they were full and sleepy.

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