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The Cat has been wanting pho for a couple of weeks. The Mouse not willing to venture into Chinatown for eating in quite yet.

The Cat and The Mouse ended up at the mall. Lines for CPK and Olive Garden. No line at Mama Phở. Try try.

The Cat decided on the crab phở.

Crab Phở

Not usual beef, seafood and tomato based. Huge bowl, face wash basin sized. Hee hee.

The Cat was a little disappointed that the crab was more pork and crab meatballs and not crab crab. There was also a lot of steam pork loaf (think Vietnamese bologna or SPAM) which The Mouse happily help scarf. 🙂

The Mouse followed the recommendation of the server and ordered the pork chop and tofu rice plate.

Pork Chop and Tofu Rice Plate

Good choice, rice was colored with annatto (not natto) which gave the rice a slight earthy spice aroma/flavor. A good choice. The Mouse wonders how pork belly, braised then grilled would be. Hmm.

In hind thought, it was somehow weirdly appropriate that The Cat and The Mouse ended up at a place named Mama Phở yesterday. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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A revisit to Simply Sichuan.

Twice Cooked Pork

The main ingredient is pork belly. The pork is simmered until soft, then stir-fried with vegetables. The Mouse thought the pork should be crispy but The Cat’s brother said otherwise. If (and a big if), The Mouse attempt this dish, the pork will be crisped. 🙂

Spicy Eggplant on Fried Rice

A lunch special. Ordered mild. Quantity was ginormous, enough for three meals. 🙂

Stir-Fried Lotus Root


The Cat also ordered a bowl of dan dan noodles (same as last week).

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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Or Sunday brunch. A bit of a breather for The Cat before final push of regular tax season. Kinda of a new try, we’ve done take out from Basalt during the lock down, first time eating in.

Smoked Salmon Hash?

The Cat’s dish, a daily special. Crispy hash brown, eggs, lox. The Mouse thinks it was chef’s take on latkes. Pretty good.

Pork Belly Fried Rice

The Mouse’s dish. Bacon fried rice, roast pork belly, two fried eggs, toasted English Muffin, Mmm. The pork belly roast, best The Mouse has eaten in a while. The Mouse’s only complaint, maybe half a scoop more fried rice. Almost perfect. 🙂

Shared dessert.

Grand Marnier Mousse Cake

Dark chocolate mousse, raspberry sauce, mixed berries.

The Cat has approved application to return soon. There is a braised beef short rib dish The Mouse is curious about. 🙂

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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The Cat still exploring ma po tofu. The Cat found what we thought was a new place near Chinatown, turns out same owners, new chef, new name. Menu changed from Cantonese to Sichuan.

Ma Po Tofu

Dish had a noticeable amount of Sichuan pepper, definite numbing effect. The Cat sorta approved. The Mouse conditionally approved.

Wok Fried Green Beans

The beans were good, The Mouse thinks the kitchen dragon had the day off, not quite “burnt” enough.

Dan Dan Noodles

The noodles were tasty, and spicy. The Mouse experienced a little side effect afterwards, will not go into details, tmi. 😉

The Cat saw more dishes she wants to try next time, The Mouse will be bringing some kind of stomach remedy counter measures next time. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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The Cat and The Mouse strayed from their familiar Ruby Tuesday Sunday dinner, next door Big City Diner instead (The Mouse wanted to try something different). The Mouse saw meatloaf on the menu.


Served on sauteed spinach and side of vegetables. Mmm.

The Cat ordered stir-fried vegetables.

Vegetable Stir-Fry

For dessert, fudge brownie ala mode.

Fudge Brownie Ala Mode

It’s not mudd pie, but close (missing the coffee flavor).

The Cat and The Mouse previously tried Big City Diner for pre-covid-19 breakfast and the results were kinda meh. Dinner was much better.

Yay! another eating option in the neighborhood. 🙂

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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