Archive for August, 2017

Picked up from the farmers market over the weekend.

Banana Flower

Vendor explained how to break this down. The Mouse remembers peel the harder petals, slice thin, salad or soup, and something about bean sprouts.

Peeled the first layer.


Okay, maybe this was the bean sprouts reference. Tasted one, bleh. Run to Google. One site says to peel the buds, but not worth it. One site says to just discard. Not much help.

After a bit of peeling, finally get to the softer inner petals, slice thin. These things oxidize (starts to turn brown) instantly. Run to Google again. Soak in acidulated water. Okay.

Vinegared Water

Tried a slice, kinda hard and pulpy. Not gonna risk a salad. Into The Cat’s noodle soup.

The Cat’s Noodle Soup

The Cat said the texture was kinda bamboo shoot-y. The Mouse thinks he needs more education/training on banana flowers. Maybe from a “grandma or auntie”.

Oh well, try try. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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We have shoyu pork! Hee hee.

Mentioned in previous posts, recently picked up pork belly and dark soy sauce.

Prepped the pork belly (washed, pre-simmered, washed, refrigerated, cubed).

Medium high heat, oil, brown sugar (although I think I didn’t add enough sugar), pork belly, dark soy, regular soy, Shao Xing wine, water to cover. Simmer two hours.

Shoyu Pork!

Didn’t come out as “red” as I would have hoped, and I didn’t reduce the sauce for that “mahogany” glaze, but The Cat said the taste was there.

With the extra sauce, I simmered dried sliced shiitake, wood ear fungus, and canned bamboo shoot.

Side Dish

I thought about doing everything together but decided against it, the flavors might get all mixed up.

The Cat’s bento entrĂ©e this week. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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No, The Mouse is not shopping for a warehouse, shopping at a warehouse, ChefZone. Potluck at the office this coming Wednesday. The Mouse kinda got “voluntold” into a crock pot mushroom dish. Went to the warehouse for inspiration.

Probably gonna do a mix of mushrooms, starting with dried sliced shiitake.


One whole pound. Humungous. But, can always use. Thought about buying the whole dried mushrooms, but sliced is probably easier to handle.

Dark Soy Sauce

Essential for making “red cooked pork”, Hong Xiao Rou.

Pork Belly

Picked up at the grocery store the other day. 🙂

Local Honey

On sale/clearance. Nothing wrong with the honey. Warehouse is phasing out their retail services and focusing more on bulk wholesale. Booo! Ugh!

Oh well, at least picked up the honey at more than 50% discount. I guess we won’t be visiting the warehouse too often in the future. Sigh.

Lunch was at nearby Lagoon Chinese Restaurant.

Crispy Gau Gee Mein


Crispy Gau Gee

On the side. I guess enough customers requested the gau gee on the side so it doesn’t get soggy. Good call.

Choi Sum with Oyster Sauce

Not gourmet, but solid local Chinese fare (menu has local plate lunches and burgers too). Ultra retro.

Ate half of the vegetable, took the other half home for The Cat’s noodle soup bowl.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Picked up a turkey plate from the neighborhood supermarket the other day.

Turkey Plate

Peas and carrots (they ran out of the regular steamed vegetables), corn, and turkey. Gravy all over (super local style). Dunno what they did to the turkey, but super juicy and tender. One of the better turkey dishes in a while. Yum!

There was even enough for The Mouse to take for lunch the next day.

Gravied Turkey and Corn on Japanese Bread Toast

The Japanese white bread, toasted, was perfect for the leftover. Soaked up all of the sauce. Hee hee. Happy Mouse.

Luckily asked for lots of gravy. 🙂

As you may have guessed, The Mouse is a big fan of turkey ala king and turkey pot pies. Just don’t eat them too often. Silly doctors.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Update of food from the Japanese warehouse store.

Japanese Style White Bread

Denser texture than what I get at the “regular” grocery store, although The Mouse hasn’t bought commercial white bread in years. Bread was great with peanut butter and strawberry jam and tuna salad (not all at once). Not bad, the whole wheat bread from JJ2 Bakery is still favorite.

Brussels Style “Belgian” Waffle with Agave Syrup

What is Brussels style? I dunno.

Overall, not bad, thicker than a normal frozen waffle, but in the end, it’s still a frozen waffle. Good for eating at the desk. Yes, still eating at the desk for a couple more weeks. The Mouse can visualize a tiny dim light bulb turning on at the end of a dark tunnel. At least there’s a light bulb (and it’s not burnt out). Hee hee.

Enjoy the weekend.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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