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Trials and Errors

Got excited yesterday, found this at the grocery store.

Pork Blood

Pork Blood

Love pork blood “tofu”. Decided to try to make it. Attempting to make Bela Lugosi proud. Mind you never made blood tofu or even handled blood before.

A quick search on the internet came up with a chive pork blood recipe. Recipe called for chive, chicken broth, oyster sauce, and garlic. Did not have any of these ingredients. As usual, winged it.

Substituted home-made pork foot soup, ginger, shoyu, and green onions.

Ginger and Green Onions

Ginger and Green Onions

The blood did not firm up as expected. Ate it over the multi-grain (seed) mix.

Stir-Fried Pork Blood over Multi-Mix

Stir-Fried Pork Blood over Multi-Mix

Didn’t taste bad, but the texture was definitely off. More “pudding” than “tofu”.

Mis-read another web page and poached the blood this morning in salted water.

Poached Pork Blood

Poached Pork Blood

I know, looks like either fudge or “don’t even think it”.

Stir-fried the “nuggets” with shoyu, ginger, and green onions.

Stir-Fried Poached Pork Blood with Plate Lunch

Stir-Fried Poached Pork Blood with Plate Lunch

Fried rice, spicy eggplant, and bitter melon from Asian Mix.

Although firmer than the first time, still not the texture I’m looking for. Too soft, and too dense.

Another search on the internet and instead of cooking the blood in water, I’m supposed to cook the blood with water.

Ugh.

Ok, next time I come across a container of pork blood … remember with not in.

I guess if I don’t try, I don’t learn. 🙂

Eat well.

The Mouse

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Freaky Friday

Just some pictures from Chinatown and a mash-up for dinner.

First Chinatown pictures.

"Parts"

“Parts”

Only in Chinatown, maybe

Only in Chinatown, maybe

Oxtail

Oxtail

Chicken Feet

Chicken Feet

Pork Belly!

Pork Belly!

So umm Santa, if you not too busy, I’ve been kinda good this year, maybe a loft style kitchen (we have a galley sized one now), and some cookware (cast iron dutch oven come to mind). No harm in asking, just in case.

Now the mad scientist dish. Inspiration is cucumber and crabmeat namasu. The Cat’s still on a not-raw vegetable kick, so my “mash-up”.

Cucumber, seeded and salted

Cucumber, seeded and salted

Can

Can

Eggs

Eggs

Eggs, cucumber, crabmeat, Shao Xing cooking wine, green onions, ginger,

Eggs, cucumber, crabmeat, Shao Xing cooking wine, green onions, ginger, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt

Scrambled eggs, crabmeat, and cucumber

Scrambled eggs, crabmeat, and cucumber

The Cat liked. The Mouse was impressed it turned out so well.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Chicken Livers

Birthday dinner. One of The Cat’s client’s father. Talk about distant connections. His 89th birthday. An impromptu at Paesano Ristorante (2752 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, Hawai’i). Been trying to limit the carbs, so eating Italian presented a challenge.

Started with the house salad.

House Salad

House Salad

For “dinner” ordered their cold cut salad.

Cold Antipasto Salad

Cold Antipasto Salad

The salad looks bigger than it was. There was still a little bit of room, okay, more than  a little bit of room in the stomach. 🙂

In the corner of the appetizer menu, there it was, chicken livers, in an Italian restaurant. The last piece of my dinner puzzle.

Chicken Livers

Chicken Livers

Sautéed with lots of garlic. Happy Mouse!

So, hopefully a low carb dinner, at an Italian restaurant, go figure. 🙂

Happy B-Day Mr. H! Thanks for having a birthday!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse.

 

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A French Kiss

So, while The Cat was off shmoozing with the high and mighty (see previous post). I was left to fend for myself. I would have normally made something at home but I was at Willy-Sonomas until early evening. Plus, I had to wait for The Cat to carpool home.

There was a little Japanese restaurant nearby that specializes in shabu shabu, but there was one thing on their menu that I was particularly interested in, tongue curry. The Cat did not seem too interested in checking the place out. When opportunity knocks …

Sign

Sign

The place is kinda fancy-ish. Definitely not cheap eats. But the curry seemed reasonable, and since I was here for that, I ventured in.

Place is rather tiny. I think no more than ten tables and a short sushi bar. I was seated at the sushi bar with their full understanding I did not intend to eat sushi.

My order.

Beef Tongue Curry

Beef Tongue Curry

Rice

Rice

Curry was pretty awesome. Socks off awesome.  Just enough heat with a touch of sweetness (in a Japanese way), and okra, one of my favorite vegetables.

The meal, which by the restaurant’s standards was on the sparse side was 10 bucks. Not bad, not cheap eats, but not bad. On the menu is a miso braised beef tendon that The Cat might be interested in. I wouldn’t mind another dish of that tongue curry.

A picture's worth a thousand words.

A picture’s worth a thousand words.

Although the dishes The Cat ate looked and sounded better, I think mine tasted better. 🙂

Oh, why did I name this post a French kiss? Because tongue was involved. Eww! Hee hee! Sorry.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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A Compromise

The Cat is not really into the majority of beef parts. She will eat oxtails, tongue, and tendons though. Just not the regular cuts of meat.

Last night she worked late trying to finish up some projects. She  just wanted to eat and sleep. All she wants is a quick meal.

We ended up at Panda Cuisine (641 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu, Hawaii) looking for soup noodles. Only three choices of soup noodles on  the menu won ton noodles, seafood noodles, and beef stew (Chinese style) noodles. The Cat is not a fan of won ton (for the record, The Mouse is a big fan), there was too much squid in the seafood noodles, and she wasn’t in the mood for beef stew.

I asked if they could substitute beef tendon for beef stew. They could. Compromise done.

Beef Tendon Stew Noodles

Beef Tendon Stew Noodles

The Cat said it was okay. I thought much better of it. The tendon was done well, soft (not stiff), tender, and flavorful.

Saw on another table that dim sum was available. At other restaurants, dim sum  is usually only available until lunch.

Ordered steamed custard filled buns.

Steamed Custard Filled Buns

Steamed Custard Filled Buns

Looks a little like Mickey Mouse’s head (just sayin’). 🙂

The Insides

The Insides

In case you were curious.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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