Archive for February, 2018

The Cat wanted chili bamboo.

Bamboo in Chili Oil

For The Mouse, going into a Chinese food store? Like going into a candy store. So much to see, so much curiosity.

Szechuan Spicy Pickles

For a co-worker who loves hot stuff.


According to the shopkeep, for mochi ball soup.

Braised Bamboo Shoots

Maybe for a future Cat bento.

The shopping only limited to the amount of coins in The Mouse’s pocket. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse


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As mentioned in previous post, leftover turnip cake for The Cat’s bento.

The Bento Base

Half a can of tinned potatoes, one turnip cake.

Roast Pork

From the neighborhood grocery store. Apparently, there is a staff member there that is an aspiring chef in the fish or produce department and the store gives him some free rein. Lucky us.

Vegetable Trio

Celery, asparagus, frozen soybeans.

No slow-cooked pot this week. Too hectic.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Chinatown this past weekend. Original plan was to check out a bar for a burger, but the Saturday menu only offered brunch. The Mouse wasn’t in the mood for brunch. Ended up at Sunflower Cafe.

Ginger Onion Stewed Noodle

With broth.


Load noodles on spoon, dip in broth, chew.

And since The Mouse was there …

Steamed Shanghai Dumplings


Pan Fried Turnip Cake

Three to a plate, The Mouse ate one, two for The Cat’s bento.

And for dessert.

Custard Tarts

Meal wasn’t a burger, but can’t go wrong with noodles and dim sum. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Light Up the Darkness?


The Mouse

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Not ramen, not udon, not mein. Saimin. Not sure about the origins but small kid time noodles.

One of the best places for saimin, The Mouse’s opinion. Been in business for 70 years, not as old as Manago Hotel, but respectable the same.


First floor of mixed use (businesses and apartments) building.

Kitchen Area

Blast from the past.


Old school, right?

Because of tight parking, the Mouse doesn’t get to visit as often as he would like. But, the other day, The Mouse was free about three o’clock in the afternoon. Perfect timing, after lunch crowd, before dinner crowd.

Large Saimin

Clear dashi, simple, no pretender chasiu but real charsiu!

The Mouse being The Mouse, had to order extra.


Into the soup.

Ready to Nom!

So, The Mouse has never been a noodle “slurper”, dunno why.

The Mouse Method

A portion of noodle (notice the curly texture), char siu, garnish, a quick dip in the soup, one bite. 🙂

Oh, and no saimin meal is complete (old school style anyway) without an order of a BBQ stick.

BBQ Stick

Flame broiled tri-tip beef dipped in our home-made oriental BBQ sauce.

Mmm! Nom!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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