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Sorry, just got home from the kitchen. Too late to post anything today. Kitchen (and restaurant) was super busy. I promise, tomorrow. Stay tuned. Thanks for understanding. 🙂

The Mouse

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From Nose to Tail

Yesterday, met up with the cousins for breakfast. They wanted me to try this new place, The Whole Ox (327 Keawe Street, Honolulu, Hawaii).

Sign

The owner believes in using the whole animal, nose to tail. I like that. We were a little too early for lunch. Breakfast it is (although their sandwiches sounded very interesting).

Eggs Benedict

B’s order. Canadian bacon made in-house, look how thick each cut is. The taste is off the wall.

Smoked Meat Hash

P’s order. Again, the meat is smoked in-house. Again, off the wall tasty.

Okay, my turn.

Beet and Greens Hash

I admit it, I had a brain fart. Walk into a restaurant that specializes in using everything of the animal, and I order vegetarian. What was I thinking. I think I was so focused on the sandwiches, my brain short circuited. To be fair, my breakfast was really good. The beets were caramelized and the greens had an almost smoky taste. I was happy. More reason for me to return to try the meats. Heh heh.

I think working in Chef’s kitchen, I’m gaining a little more confidence and getting a little bolder. I asked to see their kitchen. The owner, Bob, was more than happy to share. He has a rotisserie for chickens and Porchetta  (he got it used from Alan Wong). He also talked about how he dry-ages his beef (he offers a dry-aged burger for lunch, I gotta try that one). I didn’t want to take any behind the scene pictures (didn’t want him to think I was spying or something). Maybe if I get to know him better.

Thanks for breakfast P&B, the adventure continues.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Yesterday at the farmers market, I picked up a bag of mixed vegetables from one of the Filipino vendors.

Bag of Mixed Vegetables

I know it’s supposed to go into one of their dishes but the name escapes me at the moment.

Mixed Veggies

I did a quick rinse. Kabocha squash, Japanese eggplant, okra, tomatoes, and long beans. Just add pork, chicken, beef, or tofu. I cooked it plain  with vegetable stock.

Mixed Vegetables, Cooked

A quick stir-fry then simmered in the vegetable stock for ten to fifteen minutes. Easy peasy, and healthy. The Cat said yum.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Still Enamoured

The Cat is still enamoured with the New Panda Cuisine restaurant (641 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu, Hawaii). She goes a couple of times a week, if not more. Within the last two weeks, I’ve been there three times. Once to re-connect with friends we haven’t seen for years. Each of us choose one dish.

Mushrooms with Ginger and Green Onion

Pan-Fried Ong Choi with Chili & Bean Curd Sauce

Beef with Garlic Sauce

Deep Fried Whole Fish

Thanks to K &P for lunch.

Then, last weekend, we went by ourselves.

Beef Stew, Beef Tendon, and Turnips

Mixed Vegetables with Fish Cake

Pan Fried String Bean with Minced Pork and Pickled Olive

Then, this week, we invited Aunty M and the cousins for noodles. Chinese have to have noodles for their birthday (to signify long life). Except for the lobster, I got to pick the menu (some dishes may be repeats but I like ’em). 🙂

Mushrooms with Ginger and Green Onion

Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables

Braised E-Fu Noodles

Sliced Lotus Root with Bean Curd Sauce

Pan Fried Ong Choi with Chili & Bean Curd Sauce

Lobster with Ginger and Green Onion

Must have been good choices, didn’t hear anyone complain (although I dunno what they were saying behind my back). Hee hee.

Happy B-day again Aunty M.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Mushroom on the Brain

I HAD to check out the restaurant supply store again (okay, maybe “had” is too strong a word). Hee hee. Anyway, it  was around lunch time and I heard about Wally Ho’s Garage and Grill (98-380 Kamehameha Highway, Aiea, Hawaii) nearby.

Sign

The place used to be a full service gas and repair station. Awhile back, I dunno when, they discontinued selling gas and converted the space to a grill (they still do car repair).

They’re known for their shoyu pork and Korean garlic chicken, I wasn’t in the mood for either. I went for the grilled portobello mushroom sandwich with sweet potato fries.

Grilled Portobello Sandwich

The mushroom had a definite smoky grilled flavor. Extra points for grilling the bun too.

Sweet Potato Fries

Pretty awesome. Worth a return.

The kitchen sent out a sample of their banana bread for me to taste (another house specialty).

Banana Bread

Yum!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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