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After the soju launch event finished, around 8:00, we went hunting for food. The Cat was starving, she didn’t really partake of the tapas. Chef P is still dealing with his teeth and gum issues so he wanted something soft and soupy, right up The Cat’s alley. Ended up at The Cat’s regular Chinese restaurant, Jade Dynasty in the mall.

The Cat’s usually has to have a little starch, more vegetables, a tiny bit of meat (or egg, or tofu).

Chicken Vegetable Look Funn Noodles

Chicken Vegetable Look Funn Noodles

First up, chicken vegetable look funn soup noodles. Fulfilled Chef P’s request, and all of The Cat’s requirements. But since there were five of us, we had to order more. Sorry ’bout the fuzziness, had to take the picture quick, chefs were starting to dive in.

Shanghai Cabbage with Shiitake Mushrooms

Shanghai Cabbage with Shiitake Mushrooms

One of my favorite vegetable combos.

Crispy Beef with Sesame Seed Gravy

Crispy Beef with Sesame Seed Gravy

A monthly special. Too bad we didn’t order rice or bread to sop up the gravy. 🙂

I guess The Cat felt we didn’t have enough soup.

Dried Scallop  Egg Drop Soup

Dried Scallop Egg Drop Soup

Oh yeah, as we were leaving the soju event, the president of Hwayao, Mr. Taekwon Cho, gave each of us two bottles of soju.Classy guy.

Bottles of Soju

Bottles of Soju

The black one is 82 proof, and the white one is 34 proof. We may keep the lighter one and give the stronger one to the chefs to make more ganache (they prefer higher proof liquors anyway). We’ll see.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Tapas

As mentioned in the previous post, I helped the chefs unveil their soju ganache chocolate at the Hwayo soju introduction party at Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room at the mall.

As staff, we weren’t supposed to get to eat the tapas being served, however, half way through the event, one server offered us small tapas plates. A deep-fried eggplant with tomato and mascarpone stack (sorry no picture, we kind of wolfed it down).  When we asked her if it was okay, she shrugged her shoulders and told us there were extras. We gave her a piece of chocolate, she asked if she could take, we shrugged our shoulders said they were extras. Tit for tat. 🙂

After that, more servers showed up with more tapa plates. More samples somehow ended up on their serving trays. 🙂

Braised Boneless Beef Shortrib with Kimchi Prawn

Braised Boneless Beef Shortrib with Kimchi Prawn

Awesome!

Korean Style Spicy Butterfish with Curried Potato Salad

Korean Style Spicy Butterfish with Curried Potato Salad

The Cat tried this one. Pretty awesome too.

Socks came off for both dishes. Just enough to keep the stomach from growling. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Croissant Donut

Saw these in the paper a couple of weeks ago and was intrigued.

Donut Croisant

Donut Croissant

This week, I was handling crisis control for the chefs, handling the chefs is almost like herding cats (I sometime think herding cats is easier), so I needed one of these.

Donut Croissants

Donut Croissants

The other week, I went too late, the bakery sold out. Everything works out. Last week, I didn’t need it, this week I did.

My Donut

My Donut

The bakery makes two varieties, a “plain” and a cream filled. The store employees recommended the “plain” one.

These things are huge! Almost the size of two donuts. Very light and flaky with little or no greasy texture. A little internet research and it appears that these donut croissant hybrids are becoming a hot thing on the mainland. A definite try again for me.

Heading out to unveil their soju chocolates tonight. Wish me luck.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Lately, we’ve been tasting and consuming quite a bit of liquor-themed foods.

This past Sunday, an impromptu chocolate tasting. Chefs made some new ganache flavors.

Tequila Chocolates

Tequila Chocolates

Tequila Bottles

Tequila Bottles

Chefs are also experimenting with soju and awamori liquors, Korean and Okinawan liquors respectively.

Soju and Awamori Chocolates

Soju and Awamori Chocolates

Don’t ask which is which, I forgot.

Then, The Cat’s mother made drunken chicken (The Cat’s favorite chicken dish). Me, not so much (too alcoholly for my taste).

Drunken Chicken

Drunken Chicken

I know, it looks like some kind of experimental specimen gone wrong. 🙂

Drunken Chicken

Drunken Chicken

I tried making this once, a long time ago, and failed. Have to ask The Cat to ask her mother for instructions.

Normally, we would say don’t drink and drive, in our case, it’s don’t eat and drive. Hee hee, Hic!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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As much as I love the on-line community, sometimes we need a little balance in life, and face-to-face human connections. 🙂

The Mouse

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