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New place in Chinatown.


The Cat wanted to try.


Kau Yuk with Taro

Pretty good.

But The Mouse really liked.

Tea Smoked Duck

Definitely would go back for the duck. Smoky, no fat (rendered during the smoking process?), tasty.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse


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By Request

Some farmers market and Chinatown shopping. Farmers market for cassava/yuka root, for co-worker (no pic, it’s a root, not too interesting). 🙂

Chinatown for The Cat. Our supply of chili bamboo ran out.

But first, The Mouse had to eat. Just had to. Two of the dim sum joints on The Mouse’s list were overflowingly crowded. The Mouse’s fault for arriving in Chinatown at 12:00 noon. Humph.

Ended up at an “old school” Chinese restaurant. I think at one time the restaurant was “new school” but with time, the restaurant became “dated”. That’s okay, food still satiated The Mouse.

Dim Sum!

Dumplings and Lion’s Heads. Nom!

Of course, to The Mouse, eating dim sum not complete without egg tarts.

Egg Tarts

Again, decent/passable to satiate The Mouse. Best egg tarts though were from a “street vendor” with a little heated cart selling in the corridors of the Shanghai subway system. Nom!

The Chinatown haul.

Chinatown Groceries

Chili sauce, Sriracha, Chili Bamboo, Grass Jelly (individual cups), and Sardines (Moroccan Spiced) to try try.

And since The Mouse was there, and the shop was open …


From Char Hun Sut. For later, comfort food to the max! Happy Mouse.

And, for The Cat’s bento(s) …

Roast Duck

Good for a couple day’s bento.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The Mouse’s #1 favorite for manapua (local char siu bao).



Dough still made by hand, in house.


The Prize!

The Mouse forgot to take a bite photo. He scarfed to quickly. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The Mouse rushed out to an early doctor’s appointment yesterday. Everything seems okay, not normal normal, but okay. Doctor is satisfied.

Since The Mouse was near Chinatown, early, and found parking …

Yum cha time!

A little too early for some of the restaurants, still sleeping. Hee hee. Luckily, one of our old standbys opens “early”. Yay!

Early Bird Special

And, offers an early bird special.

Salted Pork and Preserved Egg Congee


Fried Dough


Char Siu Bao


Jasmine Tea

Hmm, what’s in The Mouse’s future. Hee hee.

To the special, The Mouse added.

Stuffed Bean Curd Skin


Custard Tart

The Mouse took home some of the char siu bao and custard tart to share with The Cat.

Needless to say, The Mouse nommed well.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse


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Late dinner. The Mouse thought The Cat would finish work early yesterday, The Mouse was wrong. Ended up in Chinatown.

The Cat thought menu (and server) said kale and vegetables two ways. Since when Chinese restaurants (the normal non-gourmet type) use kale? Actually, it was fish (The Mouse thinks it was snapper), not kale. Go figure.

Fish Soup with Tofu

It was okay until we got down to the bottom of the bowl, too many bones, too many for The Mouse to handle, The Cat liked.

Second course was fish fillets (same fish), with vegetables.

Fish and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Okay, just okay, maybe black bean sauce next time?

In another instance of “lost in translation”, new take-out joint, opened this week in the neighborhood. Chinese take-out.


A month or so ago, place was a BBQ joint (franchised from a well known local “BBQ” dive in Kapalama/Kalihi area. Place didn’t even last a year. After about a month, this place opens.

The Mouse thinks, but not confirmed, same owner/family converted the BBQ to Chinese take-out. Maybe more familiar to the family’s experience?

The Mouse tried.

Three-Choice Plate

Fried rice, salad, Chinese roast pork, spicy eggplant, ma-po tofu. Roast pork was a winner, although it was sitting in a warming try, skin was crispy, not glass shattering crispy, but acceptable crispy. Meat and fat was very well-balanced and not oily/greasy. Ma-po tofu and eggplant was okay (Chinese take-out standards).

Maybe not a frequent go-to spot, but when (not if) The Mouse is jonesing for roast pork, convenient.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse


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