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Friday Food Day

Friday turned out to be a pretty good day, food-wise.

Started with a SPAM musubi.

SPAM Musubi with Egg

SPAM Musubi with Egg

It was okay. The slight char of the SPAM was good, and the little omelet was a plus, but the ratio of rice and SPAM was off. Sorry, kind of a snob when it comes to SPAM musubi. Would I buy it again? Maybe, not on a regular basis though.

Lunch was a change-up from the usual for the past couple of months (lau lau and kalua pork)

Mix Plate

Mix Plate

Blackened tuna with sweet wasabi cream and fried tuna poke, no rice, all greens. From the same lunch wagon. Both were done well given the health department’s requirement that food served from mobile food businesses cannot be “raw”, except for salads. Both fish were a little tough (just a little), but the flavors compensated for the lack of “rareness”.

Dinner with the cuz’s (the D&G cuzs, not the B&P cuzs) and friends at Haleiwa Joe’s at Haiku Gardens. Got there late, only had time to order and eat. Went with a salad.

Ginger Peanut Chicken Salad

Ginger Peanut Chicken Salad

A lightly marinated, grilled chicken breast, sliced & served on fresh baby greens with a spicy ginger dressing & roasted peanuts. The greens and dress was good, although did not get too much of the spicy ginger part, the chicken was more like chicken at a seminar lunch … meh. Lighted up the dish with the mini flashlights (too dark, iPhone 3G no flash :))

Sticky Ribs

Sticky Ribs

 

The Cat’s order. ½ rack of baby back pork ribs cooked in our soy-ginger sauce, char-grilled. Served with rice & green papaya salad. The ribs were fall off the bone tender. The Cat at first didn’t care for the smoky taste but got used to it. The Mouse likes smoky.  The green papaya salad? Next time leave it to the experts … pass. Definitely would order the ribs again.

All in all, not a bad Friday.

Have a safe Memorial Day tomorrow (if it is a holiday for you).

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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Just clearing out the camera. Still working 60+ hours/week. Food eaten this week.

Edamame Rice

Edamame Rice

Kalua Pork Fried Rice

Kalua Pork Fried Rice

Salmon Watercress Tofu Salad

Salmon Watercress Tofu Salad

Steamed Won Ton with Ginger and Green Onions (Spicy)

Steamed Won Ton with Ginger and Green Onions (Spicy)

Will eat this any day over ravioli. Sorry, brought up more with Chinese food than Italian.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken

Employer says the 60+ hours/week will end soon. Believe it when I see it.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Not for the Faint of Stomach

Not suitable for those with delicate stomachs. Definitely not for those with squeamish stomachs.

Made by The Cat’s mother.

What's It?

What’s It?

Can you guess? It’s a jar of drunken chicken feet (don’t mind the labels, she used an empty salsa jar). Looks more like a specimen jar more comfortable in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. If you’re thinking why in the first place, The Cat likes drunken chicken with regular chicken parts. The drunken chicken feet is a first.

Let’s take a look from another angle, from the top of the jar.

Drunken Chicken Feet

Drunken Chicken Feet

Wait, I just noticed, The Cat’s mother did not cut the first joint off, she just trimmed the toenails. Ewwwww! Gag! Just kidding!:)

Maybe if she gave the toes a pedicure they might look a little  better. Just kidding, just kidding.:)

I bet now you have a mental picture that you can’t get out of your mind. Sorry, sorry. Hee hee.

So, a little noodles for yesterday’s post, some choi sum, and the notorious chicken feet (with some of the soaking liquor) … and

Ta Dah!

Ta Dah!

The Cat’s assessment, the noodles were  good, the greens were fresh, the chicken feet were a little too al dente … fail (good thing she doesn’t read English). Crunch, crunch, crunch.

Chicken feet is supposed to be fall off the bone, almost melting (at least that’s how we like it). I’ll going to take the rest out of the liquor and simmer them in some broth for an hour or more. Then it should be okay.

Sorry, chicken feet with painted toenails. Ugh! Hee hee.

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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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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