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Went looking for a new belt this weekend.

That reminds me of another story told to me a long time ago.

A “pake” man walks into a clothes shop looking for a pair of pants. He finds a pair that fits perfectly. He asks the clerk how much. The clerk answers $8.99 (remember, this was a loooooong time ago). The man picks up another pair of pants that is one size larger. He asks the clerk how much for the bigger pair of pants. Clerks replies “$8.99”. Man picks up a third pair of pants even larger and ask “how much?”. Again, the clerk answers $8.99. The man puts the largest pair of pants on the register counter and says “I’ll take this one”.

The confused clerk asks the man “how come you buying the larger pair? clearly the other pair fits you better”. The “pake” man explains “same price, more material”. :)

Ahem. Moving on. My pants seem to be growing, I recently bought two pairs that fit about a month ago, and now they’re getting loose. The regular belts with belt holes lost their practicality a while back. I wanted to get an adjustable belt, one that doesn’t depend on set holes.

For lunch, we tried a newish “hole in the wall” place in Chinatown, Hunan Cuisine (53 North Beretania Street, Honolulu Hawaii). The first time The Cat tried Hunan food in China, the food was toooooooo spicy, The Cat was beyond not happy, more like miserable. So, she had some reservations about trying the restaurant. We called before and they said we could request the heat level and they had dishes that were not from the Hunan region.

Menu

Menu

The menu is a little hodge podge, a little Taiwan, a little Hunan, a little Cantonese … whatever.

We settled on two set lunches. The Cat choose first.

Taiwan Braised Pork Belly

Taiwan Braised Pork Belly

Soup, salad, a token piece of broccoli, Taiwan Braised Pork Belly, Japanese pickled turnip, and rice topped with seasoned ground pork.

Taiwan Braised Pork Belly

Taiwan Braised Pork Belly

Seasoned Ground Pork over Rice

Seasoned Ground Pork over Rice

OMG! It was amazing! The pork belly was almost (but not quite) like shoyu pork, but just a little sweeter. The ground pork over the rice? The Cat was a happy cat. She rated it 3.5 paws.

Since The Cat already ordered the pork belly, I wanted  to try something else (it was our first time here, had to have variety). I went with the smoked chicken (supposed to be one of their specialties).

Smoked Chicken Set Lunch

Smoked Chicken Set Lunch

Smoked Chicken

Smoked Chicken

Everything on The Cat’s set lunch except for the smoked chicken. I liked both dishes, The Cat liked hers more (she thought the smoked chicken was too smoked). Guess she’s not used to “huli huli” chicken.

The Cat approved returning to try other dishes on the menu. There’s a cumin lamb dish that piqued my interest. And of course that braised pork belly. Just remember to ask for “mild”.

Oh yeah, and the belt?

Belt

Belt

I can walk around without worrying about “wardrobe malfunctions” now. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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In more ways than one.

The cuz P and I have been talking about trying out this place for a while.

Sign

Sign

2033 North King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. Known for their prime rib on the weekends, and fried chicken. To put the place in perspective, it would be an excellent candidate for that show about diners and dives, you know the one.

One reason we took so long in getting here, B was reluctant, I’ll just leave it at that. Another reason is their hours.

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

The sign is no joke. It’s fo’ real.

So yesterday we finally got the chance AND convinced cuz B to go. We almost had to tie her up (just kidding). “She not local that’s why”. :)

P & B ordered the prime rib.

Prime Rib Plate

Prime Rib Plate

I went for the grilled fish and fried chicken combo.

Grilled Fish and Fried Chicken Plate

Grilled Fish and Fried Chicken Plate

Sorry, senior moment, I forgot what kind of fish.

Portions are huge, notice no “unnecessary” accoutrements, not even a sprig of parsley, not complaining, just an observation.

The prime rib was done well well done, the fish and chicken too. Chicken was crispy on the outside (almost like cracklins), yet moist and tender on the inside. And yes, I ate the skin. Fish was moist and not overcooked.

I was a little worried that after waiting so long to get here, the reality would not meet our expectations. Won’t speak for the cuzzes, but the food far exceeded my expectations.

So several reasons for my speechlessness. B agreed to go with us, B actually enjoyed her prime rib, the food did not disappoint, and everything, including tax and tip was less than or really close to fifty dollars for all of us.

Must come back for their oxtail stew, looked really ono. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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I Found A Hole

At least several weeks ago, while coming to town one day, one of the highways to town became a parking lot (probably due to a car accident). To try and avoid sitting in traffic I turned into the adjacent neighborhood looking for a parallel route.

To make a long story short, I kind of got a little turned around. Not really lost, but not familiar with the side streets either. While looking for a way out of the neighborhood, I spotted this sign.

Sign

Sign

Intriguing name. Piqued my curiosity enough for me to go home and check them out on the ‘net.

puka plate lunch (2402 Kalihi Street, Honolulu, Hawai’i). Had decent reviews. Filed in the back of my mind, if ever I was nearby …

So today, I picked up some things from Costco. On the way back, I thought I’d check the place out. Definitely a “hole (“puka“) in the wall”. Very clean and well-kept, but size wise, a “hole in the wall”.

Menu Board

Menu Board

They were running a couple of specials, one was walnut chicken plus medium drink for less than six dollars (one dollar discount, plus drink included). Person at the counter (I think she was one of the owners), said the dish was almost like honey walnut shrimp except it’s chicken.

Okay, cheap eats, here I come.

Walnut Chicken Plate Lunch

Walnut Chicken Plate Lunch

The picture doesn’t do the dish justice. I ordered take-out, by the time I got home, the mayonnaise kind of melted.

Chicken was tasty and tender. One sock came off.

I didn’t know it at the time but I could have ordered mixed vegetables instead of the macaroni salad. I think I used my carb allotment for the week.

I wouldn’t mind going back to try more of their menu. I wonder if I can convince The Cat to come.

Cute name (and so appropriate). :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Odds and Ends

Leftovers in my camera, not really worthy of separate blogs, but still worth posting.

Crispy Chicken

Crispy Skin Chicken

Canton Seafood Restaurant (923 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu, Hawaii). Special price, buy another dish at regular price, and order the chicken for $4.99 (regular price $7.99?). Socks off good. Crispy skin, moist meat (yes, I ate the skin too), salt and pepper on the side for sprinkling to taste.

Mall Employee Discount Offer

Mall Employee Discount Offer

Donburiya Dondon (Ala Moana Center, Makai Food Court, Honolulu, Hawaii). Choice of a couple of dishes (I choose the oyako donburi), includes soup and drink. Special mall employee price (one of the perks of working at the mall).

Gingerbread Loaf

Gingerbread Loaf

Starbucks, while waiting for The Cat to finish her international conference call, ( I know, I know, but St. Germaine Bakery sold out of the japone donuts). A decent alternative (not too often though, a little too sweet). I especially liked the candied orange peel topping.

Dark Chocolate Brandied Prunes

Dark Chocolate Brandied Prunes

Chef p brought back from Australia (long story). Hmm, interesting (in a weird way). My personal opinion is that the flavors clashed with each other. I know citrus and dark chocolates go very well together, but the brandied prune? Maybe not so much (just my opinion). Thanks Chef for thinking about us though. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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I can’t believe it. Ate at the same place two days in a row. And it wasn’t even great food, it was mall food.

Yesterday, dinner at the mall. First choice was Goma Tei Ramen but there was a waiting list. We were in a rush, had to go to the airport to pick-up someone. Ended up at Donburiya Don Don (Ala Moana Center, Makai Market, Honolulu, Hawaii). The Cat likes the ramen in pork bone broth (I forgot the name). I ordered on of their combo meals.

Combo Meal

Combo Meal

Pork bone broth ramen and teriyaki chicken over rice. ‘Cuz I like variety. I think there’s a change in the cooks. Felt the effects of what we believe as MSG overload later (this didn’t happen before).

Today, after my shift ended, I was going to get something from Goma Tei Ramen, and The Cat’s schedule changed, so no lunch for The Mouse. Waaah!

Had to accompany the person we picked-up from the airport last night to the mall so she could shop (don’t ask, long story) After she finished shopping, ended up at the same place again. What the ****!

This time I avoided the pork bone broth.

Teri Chicken and Tempura Combo

Teri Chicken and Tempura Combo

I know teri chicken two nights in a row, sigh.  This time around, not as severe a MSG hit as last night, but it was still there.

So, for two nights in a row, missed eating at Goma Tei Ramen, ate at Donburiya Don Don, ate teri chicken, and it was mall food. Facepalm.

Oh well, **** happens. Just have to keep moving forward. :)

Don’t get me wrong, the food is not bad, not great, but edible. The MSG hits kind of bothered me though.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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