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The Chinese restaurant that used to be downtown moved to the outskirts of the city. The owners said the downtown location was too big. The Cat and The Mouse coming back from an errand, both getting hungry. Too late for dim sum.

Salt and Pepper Porkchop

Moist and tender.

Chinese Broccoli

Cooked well, tender but still crisp.

Singapore Style Rice Noodle

Mild curry flavor. One of the better versions The Mouse has eaten recently.

Appears that there will be more errands in this area, repeat visits to this eatery might be in the foreseeable future. πŸ™‚

Maybe early enough to get dim sum.

Stay safe and well,

The Mouse

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Treasure Hunt

The Cat sent The Mouse looking for bilberry extract (The Cat has some eye issues). The Cat has an aversion to pills so had to be in liquid form. Whole Foods, nada. Had to call and search the local health food market, Down to Earth.

Bilberry and Eye Health Concentrate

After all that running around, a little too late to go back home for dindinΒ (travel and prep time, even if it is just a PB & J sandwich).

Since The Mouse was in the neighborhood … and there was one street parking left … Heh heh.

That’s The Mouse’s rationalization and he is stiking to it. πŸ™‚

A stop into Sweet Home Glad (one of the best cheap eats on The Mouse’s list).

The go-to dish.

Steamed Fish Filet, Ginger and Onion

With soybeans. Wish there was a mac salad option, but minor detail.

And because The Mouse was hungry …

Side Order Stuffed Eggplant

A good nom night for The Mouse. πŸ™‚

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Saturday lunch with the cuz’s P&B.

Sweet Home Glad

Sweet Home Glad

Apparently there was some confusion last time between Sweet Home Aunty (where we ended up last time) and Sweet Home Glad. Why? Dunno.

Went the Chinese “tapas” route. Wait, isn’t that “dim sum”. “A rose …” Shakespeare. πŸ™‚

Fried Wonton Fried Oysters

Fried Wonton
Fried Oysters

Okinawan Sweet Potato Tempura Pan-Fried Chicken Dumpling

Okinawan Sweet Potato Tempura
Pan-Fried Chicken Dumpling

Roast Pork Belly with Crispy Skin Stuffed Eggplant

Roast Pork Belly with Crispy Skin
Stuffed Eggplant

Chicken Dumpling Soup Noodle Vegetable Chow Funn

Chicken Dumpling Soup Noodle
Vegetable Chow Funn

For dinner, comfort food for The Cat (tax season end finally in sight).

Sweet Home Aunty

Sweet Home Aunty

The Cat's Basket Herbal Soup Rice Noodles (on the side)

The Cat’s Basket
Herbal Soup
Rice Noodles (on the side)

Enough for lunch today too.

The Mouse's Basket Curry Soup

The Mouse’s Basket
Curry Soup

Rice Ginger Onion Sauce

Rice
Ginger Onion Sauce

If I could, just a big bowl of steamed rice with the ginger onion sauce, but can’t, rice on the side, ginger onion sauce, and soup. Next best thing.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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No, not the religious kind, well, sorta.

Get up.

Go to work (at the church).

Pick-up Chinese take-out after work (for dinner and leftover home lunches). This is the “ritual” I am referring to. πŸ™‚

This week, AJ’s Chinese Fast Food. One of the few Chinese food establishments here that The Cat likes.

Lu Rou

Lu Rou

Green Onion Pancakes

Green Onion Pancakes

Kau Yuk

Kau Yuk

Pig Ear Salad

Pig Ear Salad

This week started off very well. πŸ™‚

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Tonight was closing night for venerable Ciao Mein. We had planned to eat one last time last weekend (which we did). But had second thoughts and made reservations for tonight too.

The restaurant was offering a set menu special which we took advantage of. This is what we ate last week.

Tea Smoked Shrimp Salad

The Cat really liked this (anything having to do with fresh seafood done well and The Cat is there). Back in 26 December 2010, I posted about the soft shell crab tempura salad we had at Ciao Mein which The Cat is still raving about. The soft shell crab tempura is still number one in The Cat’s book, but this tea smoked shrimp (with the dressing) comes in a close second.

Fettuccine with Pancetta in a Hamukua Mushroom Cream Sauce

The Cat liked the crispy pancetta with the pasta (I think this is the first time she’s had pasta with crispy bacon, how deprived).

The menu gave us a choice of Saltimbucca de VitelloΒ (veal scallopine with sage) or warm water lobster tails in a black bean sauce with asparagus. Since there were the four of us (we invited our friends Dr. T and R to join us), it was two orders of the veal and two orders of the lobster.

Saltimbucca di Vitello

Warm Water Lobster Tails in a Black Bean Sauce with Asparagus

Of course we had to add this.

Szechuan Eggplant

I’ve often said one order of Ciao Mein’s Szechuan Eggplant and a big bowl of rice and I’m good (what are the rest of you having?). πŸ™‚

Lately, I’ve been in a Ma Po Tofu state of mine so we tried one order.

Ma Po Tofu

You can order it mild, medium, or hot, we ordered it mild. I think we could have ordered it medium.

Dessert was tiramisu as part of the set package.

Tiramisu

And of course, we had to order the Marco Polo (I think it’s a federal regulation). πŸ˜‰

Marco Polo Dessert

At this point in time, I thought that was the last time we would see Ciao Mein. To back up a bit, the night we went, both our favorite server, G W (not his real name, changed to protect the guilty) πŸ˜‰ and Chef C were off that night. During the week, we decided to go for one last time on the last night.

So here we are.

When we called for reservations we wanted to see if G W and Chef C would be working. Chef C got on the phone and said not to worry about the menu, he would take care of it. Tonight, we trusted our palates and stomachs to Chef C, no menu required.

Appetizer Trio

From left, salt and pepper shrimp, tea smoked shrimp caesar salad, and Beijing duck with foie gras. OMG!

Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Tea Smoked Shrimp Caesar Salad

This was as good as the last time, there were even toasted pine nuts.

Beijing Duck with Foie Gras and Melon

To us, this is one of Chef C’s career defining dishes. A fusion of Chinese and French, well done. Happily, this may be on the menu when the new restaurant opens in several months.

And there’s more.

Some Kind of Fried Chicken

Sorry couldn’t get the name of this dish. Fried chicken with a sweet and spicy sauce, topped with chopped roasted peanuts.

Mussels in Black Bean Sauce and Thai Basil

The mussels were done well. The Thai basil added a different layer of flavor to the black bean sauce.

Whole Steamed Red Snapper, Chinese Style

Fresh, moist, tender. The Cat got the head and tail.

We ended with tiramisu and the Marco Polo. Was there any doubt?

They let us take a few dishes and a pair of chopsticks home for souvenirs.

Ciao Mein, Xie Xie, Grazie! and Mahalo for the terrific food, outstanding service, and wonderful memories. We will always remember.

Ciao Ciao, Zai Jian, Aloha.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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