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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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Used up the rest of the baby bitter melon (see here for part 1). Asked a chef friend about cleaning out the seed section. He said should be okay if the seeds are still soft.

Thinly sliced the melons, resisted the urge to clean out the seeds.

Sliced Bitter Melon

Did a quick stir-fry with left over garlic chicken.

Stir-Fried Garlic Chicken and Baby Bitter Melon

Turned out perfectly. Didn’t add any additional seasoning, the garlic chicken provided enough flavor. The bitter melon gave enough of a bitter contrast to the pungent savory garlic chicken. And the seed were not a problem at all. In fact, the seed section acted like a sponge to help soak up the gravy further enhancing the tastiness.

On the up side, bitter melon is supposed to be healthy too (so it helped to offset the grease in the garlic chicken). :)

Off to meet Chef P and his brother Chef p. We’re helping them do some non-chef things for their business (they offered to pay us in chocolates and pastries, hmmm).

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Baby Steps

First time trying to bone a chicken (cooked or raw) nicely. Growing up, chicken came on foam trays, wrapped in plastic, already boned and skinned. I know, I had a deprived childhood. Hee  hee.

I’ve boned roasted chickens, turkeys, and even a goose before, but the results were less than perfect and the meat usually came off the carcass in bits and pieces (emphasis on bits). Oh and I’ve cut up poultry Chinese style, chop chop chop, bones and all.

Lately, I’ve been watching cooking techniques over the internet, call it on-line education. On the list was boning poultry correctly and in one piece.

Today, one of our supermarkets had a one day sale on roasted chickens, not as cheap as the big box stores, but cheap enough. Good chance to practice.

Roasted Chicken

So I was able to take of the wings and leg portions without a hitch. To be honest, the chicken was so well done, it was almost falling off the bone. Even the breast, I was basically pushing the meat off the bone with the knife, not really carving.

Wings and Legs

Carcass and Breast

All in all, fairly easy, but given the fact that the chicken was so cooperative, not much of a challenge (there were still some bits).

In a way, it was good that the chicken was so well done. Gave me a bit of confidence to continue. Baby steps. Heh heh.

So far, the chicken has been good for two meals. Looks like it’ll last another two meals. Good deal!

And don’t worry, the carcass is in the freezer waiting for the soup pot.

Have a good weekend!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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