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Miso Braised Pork

New Year’s Eve potluck. Planned on soy sauce braised pork belly but could not find (either all out, or thinly sliced for shabu shabu). Sigh.

Plan B.

Pork Hock

Pork Hock

"Pork for Soup"

“Pork for Soup”

Slow cooker overnight, drained and washed, back to slow cooker, sugar, miso, dried shiitake, dried wakame. Two hours on “high”.

Miso Braised Pork

Miso Braised Pork

Stew, “soup”, whatever, nice and hearty for winter.

Oh yeah, two Chinese teacups of this.

Magic Potion

Magic Potion

🙂

Happy New Year y’all! Stay safe and healthy.

The Mouse (and The Cat)

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Resistance is Futile

Sign in mall.

Sign

Sign

At Jack in the Box. Often passed by.

Finally caved in.

SPAM Teri Jr. Jack

SPAM Teri Jr. Jack

Fast food beef patty, fried SPAM, tomato, lettuce. For “fast food”, not bad. Could’ve had a bigger beef patty (at least to the edge of the bun). The teri sauce was a pleasant surprise, slightly sweet, very gingery.

All in all, not bad. Won’t become a habit, but concept and execution totally decent.

Probably only in Hawai’i.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Chasiu Rice

House-made, by The Mouse

Chasiu Rice

Chasiu Rice

Fresh steamed rice, leftover braised pork belly, splash of soy sauce. Yum! Like buttah!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Dunno about you but every year, the days between Christmas and New Year’s are kind of a let down. All the hoopla building up to Christmas is over, and thoughts of what to make/bring to New  Year’s potluck (usually at a friend’s house). Same again this year, not much happening.

Even the church kitchen seemed to be less inspired than usual.

Frozen Waffle, Canned Apples, Walnut Raisin Slaw, and Grapefruit

Frozen Waffle, Canned Apples, Walnut Raisin Slaw, and Grapefruit

Although the slaw was pretty good, the rest was okay.

Lunch was Portuguese Bean Soup from the clearance section of Diamond Head Market and Grill.

Portuguese Bean Soup

Portuguese Bean Soup

Tastes a lot better than  it looks, trust me.

Dinner (for The Cat) was soup made from leftover steamed kabocha squash and the elements from the braised pork belly (bamboo shoot, mushroom, as well as some pork belly).

The Cat's Soup

The Cat’s Soup

Planning on more braised pork belly for the New Year’s potluck (subject to change without notice), depending on what I find at the market in the next coming days. Wish me luck. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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Braised Pork Belly

Found an excellent specimen at the market.

Pork Belly!

Pork Belly!

Takes some planning and preparation, especially if adding dried bamboo shoots.

Dried Bamboo Shoots

Dried Bamboo Shoots

Took me four days of soaking, rinsing, and boiling to get the dried bamboo shoots to get the texture halfway decent.

Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker

Carrot, dried Shiitake, ginger, green onion, star anise, salt, sugar, water to cover, light and dark soy sauce, (the dried bamboo shoots were added halfway through the cooking. Simmered for 5 hours.

Oh yeah, a Chinese teacup full of Shao Xing cooking wine and whiskey.

Whiskey

Whiskey

Picked up at Walmart, half the price of Jack Daniels.

Braised Pork Belly

Braised Pork Belly

The Cat's Dinner

The Cat’s Dinner

She eats more bamboo shoots. The Mouse had thin slices in a toasted ciabatta roll, porchetta style, with Sriracha mayo.

Not really Chinese style or Japanese style, more of a mash-up … The Mouse style. 🙂

The Cat approved of the pork.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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