Archive for June, 2012

Yesterday, Chef closed the doors to the old restaurant. He is still in negotiations for the new location. We had hoped that the negotiations would be done by this time, but as in life, things don’t always go as planned. There are several people who fully support the new project and they are working their tails off for it to happen. Just have to be patient.

The Cat came over to the kitchen to help “clean out” some of the food in the refrigerator. Chef’s wife helped too.

Endive, Arugula, Tomato Salad

Saffron and Asparagus Risotto with Pan-Seared Salmon

Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Creme Brulee

Sure wish I could “clean out” the refrigerator this skillfully or tastefully. Dream, believe, achieve.

Thanks Chef for the good times, see you soon. Remember, it’s not the end, just the beginning.

Family Portrait

Chef’s brother, Chef, and Chef’s wife.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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A Mess

Just cleaning out the refrigerator. Sometimes it’s good to cook just for myself. Don’t have to worry about how it looks.

Some cherry tomatoes, a regular tomato (peeled), an avocado, salt, pepper, sugar, macadamia nut oil, and balsamic vinegar. Lunch!

A Mess

Thought I had an onion, but alas, no. Maybe it’s better since I’m headed to the kitchen. Heh heh.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Internet is not behaving today. Will try to post later.

The Mouse

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Being Pake

My auntie’s grand daughters came to town to visit their “popo” over the weekend. Auntie invited us to dinner with her grand daughters at Duk Kee (1146 12th Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii). Some of the highlights.

Roast Duck Bao

Think sliders, Chinese style.

Deep-Fried Shrimp with Honeyed Walnuts

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops

Braised Shiitake Mushrooms with Broccoli

As in most Chinese dinners, there were leftovers which we got to take home the lion’s share (or is it The Cat’s share).

Here’s the best part, instead of just warming up the leftovers, I “re-purposed” them.

With the mushrooms, I  sliced them up to flavor sautéed kale (one of The Cat’s new favorite vegetable).

Sautéed Kale with Shiitake and White Mushrooms

Another night, same vegetable, same idea, but this time with  some of the duck meat.

Sautéed Kale with Roast Duck and White Mushrooms

The restaurant serves the remaining duck from the baos (naked duck). I took the meat off the bones to make the stir-fry.

Last but not least, I used the  bones to make duck soup with kale.

Duck Soup with Kale

The Cat meowed. 🙂 Nothing wasted. Pake das why. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The other day, a friend wanted me to go with him to visit an incubator kitchen.

Incubator Kitchen

He’s thinking about making and selling cookie dough. His major requirement is a industrial-sized mixer. And they have one.


He asked me along to see if I would be interested in using the kitchen to make my bacon jam. I don’t think he knows I’m helping Chef. I plan to ask Chef if I can use his kitchen during the off-hours. Nice of him to think of me.

Also stopped in to see the dehydrator used to make Chyler’s Beef Chips (since I was in the neighborhood).

Beef Chip Dehydrator

Right now, they’re working out of a church kitchen (until they move into their own warehouse/factory).

So, this post is somewhat related (but not directly) to food. Still it was interesting to visit the two places.

Eat well.

The Mouse

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