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And a little bit of that.

Korean grocery store, cold tables offering various prepared vegetables and foods, charging by the pound.

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Been wanting to try a few things from the table but not exactly knowing what is what, always a bit hesitant. Saturday, put on my big mouse pants and gave a few things a shot (nothing too exotic).

The Mouse’s Saturday night dinner.

Kimbab, Rolled Egg Omelet, Prepared Choi Sum, Spicy Fried Tofu (two ways)

Kimbap, Rolled Egg Omelet, Prepared Choi Sum, Spicy Fried Tofu (two ways)

All from the Korean grocery store.

Still not up to trying the raw spicy crab and other unfamiliar offerings. One step at a time.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Beef and Tendon Soup

My lunch yesterday. Read about the Korean black noodle at Million Restaurant (626 Sheridan Street, Honolulu, Hawaii) as a lunch special. Topped with meatjun and kalbi.

Lunch Menu

Lunch Menu

See top selection. Sorry, picture’s a bit blurry. Taken from across the dining room.

Server tells me it’s spicy. I ask her how spicy. She responds (and this is very cute) “Korean spicy”. I’m kind of scared. Ask her if I can order mild. No. Sauce is already pre-made.

I order the beef and tendon soup instead. Server says definitely not spicy.

Beef and Tendon Soup

Beef and Tendon Soup

This was good. Not as good as I might make, but  good nonetheless. I didn’t feel enough bones were used to make the stock. On the plus side, the tendon was sliced very thinly (easy to handle and chew).

The bowl was huge, almost couldn’t finish, almost. Heh heh.

And of course, could not forget the banchan.

Banchan

Banchan

The Napa cabbage kimchi was a little too spicy for me (I’m not Korean). Everything else was excellent. My favorite was the savory custard (front middle). Soft, savory, smooth. Yum! Socks came off for that one.

Lunch included rice, no picture, didn’t want to bore you.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Mushrooms!

Sorry, the posts lately have been a little short, and maybe a little weird. We’ve had out of town guest for the past week and I’ve been occupied. I’m trying to keep my new year’s resolution intact.

Anywho, don’t know if you know this but I like mushrooms. Even from small kid time. This past week, in hosting these guests, I got to eat a few mushrooms. Dinner at Padovani’s Grill (1341 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii). In lieu of an entrée, I ordered a side of mushrooms.

Fricassée of Hamakua and Seasonal Mushrooms

And a side of risotto.

Mushroom Risotto

My love of mushrooms is at least equal to (if not more than) my love of pork (there, I said it). 🙂

I also got mushrooms as part of the banchan from Chodang Restaurant (451 Piikoi Street, Honolulu, Hawaii).

Banchan

Mushroom Banchan

As best as I can guess, re-hydrated Shiitake mushrooms, toasted sesame oil, salt, sugar, onions. I have to learn how to make this (it’s that good).

There was one more mushroom dish, but they were eated before I could take a picture. 😦

Oh well, next time.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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Cheap Eats

Last nights dinner at Chodang Restaurant (451 Piikoi #110, Honolulu, Hawaii).

I know, I posted about this place before, but can’t beat their “all day specials”. The Cat and I ordered Bibimbap.

BiBimBap

The Cat requested no meat in her’s. It’s not in a stone pot but for $4.99, we’re not complaining.

Last night’s banchan:

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The chili paste on the kimchi is more bark than bite (a good thing).

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We also ordered Haejangkuk (beef bone soup with cabbage).

Haejangkuk

For $5.99, a steal. Three fairly thick pieces of beef short rib (the same cut used for kalbi). The only complaint was we didn’t get a bowl of rice with the soup. I think it was we both ordered rice dishes. Booo, oh well, that won’t keep us from coming back (cheap enough).

For the two of us, less than twenty bucks for dinner (including tax and tip). Cheap eats indeed. 😀

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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Mixed-Up Rice

I love mixing up stuff with my rice. Small-kid time, mixing food up with my rice was my favorite way to eat (maybe that’s why my buffet plates look the way they look now). 😛

Gravy on the rice, heaven.

Jump to now. I’ve learned to eat rice and other foods separately, but given the chance …

That’s why now, one of my favorite dishes is Bibimbap (along with fried rice, in the rice category). Not only is the meal in one bowl, but it’s proper to mix it up (according to Wikipedia, “Bibimbap” means “mixed meal”), and there’s an egg involved. Oh happy day!

Bibimbap

I’ll eat Bibimbap in any version. I prefer the hot stone pot version (with the slightly burnt crispy rice on the bottom) but the ones in the stainless steel bowls are just as acceptable (and usually at less than half the cost). 🙂

BTW, the above bowl of Bibimbap is from here (for $4.99, not the stone pot version, hard to go wrong).

Banchan or side dishes are usually included. Some are fancier than others. A sampling includes:

Turnip Kimchi

Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Bean Sprout Salad

Coleslaw

My understanding of banchan is that they are dishes to go with rice. My theory is that since Bibimbap already has stuff on the rice, banchan is slightly redundant (which I am perfectly fine with). That being the case, I usually just dump the banchan into my Bibimbap bowl and mix everything together (the more the merrier).

Sorry no picture of the mix (picture may not be suitable for work). 😛

Anyways, just my thoughts.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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