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Rice Ball Day!

Normally do not observe these “days”, but this one hits close to home:

April 19th is National Rice Ball Day!

If it’s on the internet, must be true! Hee hee.

So, stopped in at Mana-Bu’s on the way to work.

Konbu Rice Ball, Crispie Rice Ball (Coffee and Walnut Flavor)

Rice ball for The Mouse, the crispie for cubicle neighbor (so I can ask her work questions).

On the way home, shopped for Friday potluck, gonna make crockpot mushrooms with onions and sun dried tomatoes in white wine.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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So, out of the house a looooong time yesterday (and into today). Most food was eating out. I think the only foods that were partially from home was The Cat’s breakfast.

Papaya, Banana, Taro Cranberry Bread

Papaya, Banana, Taro Cranberry Bread

Since we started earlier than what normal for a Saturday, I went for more musubi (see previous post).

Musubi Master

Musubi Master

Maybe went too early, don’t think so, one of the issues with Mana Bu’s is that musubi come out in waves, don’t catch the right wave, selection can be, uhm, sparse.

Konbu, Shiso and Wakame, Shoyu Dried Bonito, Chomp View of Bonito Musubi

Konbu, Shiso and Wakame, Shoyu Dried Bonito, Chomp View of Bonito Musubi

Came away with three musubi for “breakfast”. Wish there could’ve been more choices … but satisfied with the one’s I got, especially the bonito musubi, a sucker for bonito (dried, “fermented”, umami, funky).

Next was a visit to the nearby health food store. Since this weekend’s schedule would be a little off kilter, and we wouldn’t be getting to the Sunday farmers market, shopped the health food store for The Cat’s fruit.

Cambodian Apple Bananas

Cambodian Apple Bananas

How do they differ from regular apple bananas? Dunno, have to wait till they ripen to find out. Also picked up a papaya, nothing interesting, just a papaya (no picture).

And for The Mouse,

Banana Chips

Banana Chips

A small bag, if I have to eat healthy, these are one of my picks.

Lunch was familiar.

Combo Plate - Kau Yuk and Kalua Pork Cabbage Pork Taco

Combo Plate – Kau Yuk and Kalua Pork Cabbage
Pork Taco

AJ’s Chinese Fast Food/Taco Lita. The chicken cutlet was a sample from Chef D. He is thinking of adding it to the menu. Hope he includes tonkatsu sauce.

Actually, I wanted Chef’s BiBimBap but he said he wasn’t ready to put it on the menu. Sigh. I could always taste test for him.

I thought after that lunch, I would be good until The Cat was ready for late night supper. By 11:00, I was starving. Not knowing when The Cat would be ready to eat, had a little nosh from Mickey D.

Small Fries, McChicken Sandwich

Small Fries, McChicken Sandwich

Off the 2 for $2.50 menu. Not my first choice but cheap.

Finally, around 12:15 am (Sunday morning), The Cat stopped work. Whew. Not much open at that time (haven’t had too much luck finding good food at that hour lately).

Tried Lobster King. Open but kitchen was closing in 5 minutes (we got there at 12:25 am). Quickly ordered.

Shrimp Won Ton Mein Chinese Broccoli with Dried Fish "Prawn" Jook

Shrimp Won Ton Mein
Chinese Broccoli with Dried Fish
“Prawn” Jook

Turns out, the prawns were only shrimp (I thought I could suck out some prawn brains, we are eating at the time “the children of the night” are active). Slight disappointment.

Anywho, that’s how our Saturday went. Hope you had better luck.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Wordless Wednesday

Sorta. Yesterday kinda an Ellen Raskin day, nothing culinarily exciting.

Lunch (working at the church).

Bottle of Lemonade, SPAM Musubi (sandwich style), Bag of Cashews

Bottle of Lemonade, SPAM Musubi (sandwich style), Bag of Cashews

Dinner.

Prunes, Banana, Asian Pear, Cucumber

Prunes, Banana, Asian Pear, Cucumber

Okay, maybe not wordless, just weird (except for the SPAM musubi). πŸ™‚

Happy Hump Day! πŸ™‚

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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A Case of Mistaken Identity

Picked up two musubi (rice) today.

Musubi

Musubi

(The banana came from the church kitchen, added just for color). πŸ™‚

Not sure if it’s done everywhere, but over here, some vendors will place a “don” on the top of the musubi to indicate what’s inside (these were supposed to have ume (Japanese pickled plum).

But … inside the first one was …

Seasoned Seaweed

Seasoned Seaweed (Forgot the Japanese name)

What the? !!!

Either, cook fell asleep and put in  the wrong filling or cook ran out of ume. In any case, Mouse sad. 😦

Don’t get me wrong, I like the seasoned seaweed, on hot rice, with an egg on top. But in musubi, it’s not high on my priority list.

Took the second one home thinking it also had seasoned seaweed.

Opened a tin of tuna to accompany the musubi.

Canned Tuna with Capers and ...

Canned Tuna with Capers and …

Green Onions

Green Onions

The capers with tuna would provide the complimenting taste to the saltiness of the seaweed and soy sauce combo.

But alas, foiled again.

Musubi with Pickled Plum

Musubi with Pickled Plum

If I knew this one was accurate, I would have opened a can of SPAM instead of tuna. The taste of the capers clashed with the pickled plums … too picklely. Sigh.

Oh well …

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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SPAM vs Pork Hash

Bought this from 7-eleven the other day.

Pork Hash Musubi

Pork Hash Musubi

My first thought was “what’s the difference from SPAM musubi?”, both are made from pork.

Pork Hash Musubi

Pork Hash Musubi

Kinda look similar too. However, each has a distinct flavor. SPAM musubi has a “hammy” cured taste. The pork hash musubi has more of a “Chinese” taste (soy sauce, white pepper, maybe even a bit of five spice). Equally good.

Also found out why I don’t mind the musubi from 7-eleven.

The people have spoken

The people have spoken

How ’bout that. πŸ™‚

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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