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The Cat had a craving. Errand nearby.

Noms!

Eggplant (nasubi) with shoyu pork, Bittermelon (goya) with pork. Mmm!

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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The Mouse thinks this are the last pics from The Cat’s schoolmate visit. The Cat chose Okinawan food for dinner one night.

Goya Chanpuru

Bittermelon w/Tofu & Eggs, choice of meat, The Mouse chose bacon. Hee hee. The smokiness of the bacon perfectly complemented the bittermelon.

Nasubi Chanpuru

Eggplant w/Tofu & Green Onions, choice of meat, this time shoyu pork. Mmm!

Soki Soup

Pork Spareribs, Daikon, Konbu & Cabbage. Comfort food. 🙂

Last but certainly no least,

Nori Wrapped Ahi Tempura

 Ahi w/Mayonnaise & Kabayaki Sauce drizzle. Our server’s favorite dish. He did not disappoint. While the dish may not be our favorite, we normally eat Okinawan cuisine for the comfort/homestyle vibe, the tempura was a welcome contrast to the soups and stews. The Mouse would order again. 🙂

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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One of the few food network programs I currently like is Dinners, Drive-ins and Dives. Definitely not for the host (too loud), but for the people featured who have created a little niche for themselves happily cooking.

Anyway, thought about the program last night.

Haven’t been here in ages.

Back Door

Back Door

Sorry, but in our opinion, definitely qualifies as a dive.

We used to frequent this place pretty often

The kitchen mama-san used to turn out awesome Okinawan bowls (sorry, even better than Utage). But then the place changed owners (super loud karaoke) and mam-san got injured, and we kinda stopped going.

Recently saw a comment in Yelp by an acquaintance (thanks Michael C.) about Hanagasa Inn food being great. Granted he was commenting on poke, fried chicken, and fried pork chops, but our curiosity was piqued.

Thought we’d check it out again last night. Turns out, mama-san retired a couple of years ago (see how long we’ve been away). Menu was similar, but different. Everything is ala carte (used to be “complete” dinners, miso soup, Japanese pickles, rice, main dish).

Ordered our “regular” dishes as before.

Goya (Bitter Melon) with Pork Chanpuru

Goya (Bitter Melon) with Pork Chanpuru

Nasubi (Eggplant) with Shoyu Pork Chanpuru

Nasubi (Eggplant) with Shoyu Pork and Tofu Chanpuru

OMG! These did not disappoint! Eight paws up! Broke da mouth.

Since the dishes were ala carte …

Bowl of Rice, Shiso Onigiri

Bowl of Rice, Shiso Onigiri

The Cat ordered a bowl of rice, The Mouse had a shiso onigiri. Again, one of the better shiso onigiri in a looooong while. And only a buck.

While the place was the third “D”, it was also a diamond. Will we return, most definitely, just not too often (it’s still really really “divey” after all). Not that we have anything against “divey”, but the location is a little sketchy (we don’t want to end up a statistic). Heh heh.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Sunday Snack

This was last night’s “dinner”.

Mushroom and Olive Pizza (Slice)

Mushroom and Olive Pizza (Slice)

Apparently, The Cat feels that a slice of pizza is not a meal. “Suggested” I eat more than just two musubis as a “snack” today.

Okay.

Marked Down

Clearance Priced

Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet Potato Mash

If you believe Dr. Oz, the purple sweet potato is full of antioxidants. I feel so antioxidized. Hee hee.

To balance out all of that goodness, goodness of a different kind.

Char Siu Pork Sandwich

Char Siu Pork Sandwich

One of  my favorites, currently.

Not necessarily a snack, and your point is … what?

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Goya Salmon Chanpuru

Chanpuru, one of my favorite non-Chinese dishes. Okinawan in origin. Basically, it’s a stir-fry. You can read more about it here. Goya is bitter melon, which I love (granted, it’s an acquired taste, and I’ve acquired it). So when I saw this on the menu (a daily special at a Japanese restaurant), I had to order it.

Goya Salmon Chanpuru Teishoku

Besides the main dish, a plate of pickles, two plate of vegetables, misosoup, and rice, a good deal for $8.50.

Goya Salmon Chanpuru – Close Up

Bitter melon, bean sprouts, tofu, scrambled egg, and salmon. A good combination. The chanpuru dishes I’ve eaten so far didn’t include salmon so I was wondering how. Turns out the salmon is the Japanese salted and dried variety. Still good though. Yes, socks came off.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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