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Had to be downtown on Saturday.

Weekends, downtown is pretty much a ghost town. Headed to Chinatown for a bite, Hunan Cuisine.

Twice Cooked Pork Belly with Bell Peppers and Onions

Twice Cooked Pork Belly with Bell Peppers and Onions (Lunch Plate Special)

Bowl of soup included. All for under $7.00! What a deal!

Since it’s a Hunan restaurant, chili flakes and dried chili was part of the seasoning. Normally my stomach processes bell peppers and onions with a lot of … uhmm … flatu__ (you can fill in the blanks), but with the added chili? It was full scale chemical warfare grade output. 🙂 Sorry, probably TMI, just thought I’d share. Hee hee. Good thing The Cat was at work.

Definitely a return and re-order. Damn the consequences. Heh heh.

After downtown, headed to the mall to do an errand for The Cat. Picked up some take-out from Foodland Farms and St. Germain Bakery, and made a little veggie side at home.

Couscous, Quiche, and Veggies

Couscous, Quiche, and Veggies

Couscous salad from Foodland Farms (with roast pork and kamaboko!), spinach and onion quiche from St. Germain Bakery (more onions!), and frozen okra with smoked pork (warmed). Mmmm! Comfort food.

Heading to the farmers market.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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We’ve been eating out on Friday nights. The Cat tries to tie-up loose ends before the weekend and sometimes the tying takes longer than expected.

Couple of weeks ago, tried something different at the 808 Center.

Sign

Sign

Region known for their spicy food (Szechuan Province). We ordered level wimp.

Stir-Fried Greens

Stir-Fried Greens

Forgot what the greens were called. Tasty.

TanTan Noodles

TanTan Noodles

Interesting, tasty, not bad. Could’ve used a little more sauce though.

Fried Rice with Twice Cooked Pork

Fried Rice with Twice Cooked Pork

The best dish of the night.

Overall, food is pretty good, their waiting and seating system though is a big problem. Is the food good enough to overcome the seating issue? Hmm. maybe not.

Yesterday, returned to an old favorite. Hunan Cuisine.

Guǎngdōngsīguā Egg Drop Soup

Guǎngdōngsīguā Egg Drop Soup

The menu called the squash loofah, Google says it’s “luffa”, The Mouse is confused.

Rice Noodles with Shrimp

Rice Noodles with Shrimp

Because it’s the start of The Cat’s weekend.

And two of our favorite dishes from Hunan Cuisine.

Long Bean and Eggplant

Long Bean and Eggplant

And

Kou Rou

Kong Rou

Braised pork belly. Can it get any better? Hee hee.

Off to our favorite izakaya tonight!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Pork Belly Rules!

Our co-conspirators are back, the cuzs P & B. Due to some snafu, their luggage was here weeks before they arrived. Anywho, floated the idea of trying Hunan Cuisine (53 N Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii).

The first time we were here was back in August and we waited for our co-conspirators to come back so we could go for dinner. We have a theory that Chinese food, especially dinner, has to be with at least four when dining family style. Any less and the ordering balance gets thrown off.

So after a bit of schedule rearranging, we finally got here this past Sunday. So, there were some ordering hurdles, B prefers not to eat pork, The Cat avoids lamb, but in the end, it’s all good.

Let’s start with the dishes that were acceptable to all.

Fried Tofu with Vegetables

Fried Tofu with Vegetables

The picture is a bit blurry, but if you look closely, the chef snuck in a small portion of sliced beef.

Fish Fillet with Black Bean Sauce

Fish Fillet with Black Bean Sauce

Well made, the sauce was the star of this dish. Spooned over rice … winnahs.

Eggplant with Long Bean Stir-Fry

Eggplant with Long Bean Stir-Fry

Interesting combo. I would not mind ordering this again.

Then the main event. The reason why we came here.

Cumin Pork Chops

Cumin Pork Chops

Supposedly a house specialty. P thought it was a little overcooked. I don’t think with lamb, Chinese understand rare. Good flavor though, and a different experience. I really did not mind it at all.

And then …

Braised Pork Belly!

Braised Pork Belly!

The ordering threw us off. The pork belly is $1.50 per piece. We ordered five pieces. The chunks were substantial, well worth the buck fifty. Even the lean parts were well-flavored. P said both socks came off (figuratively since he rarely wears socks when he is down here). I thought it was even better than the first time.

The piece system is all day long. So, two pieces of pork belly and a bowl of rice (currently all for under a fiver), and The Mouse (and I’m sure P) will be very content.

The Cat says I lost too much weight, she’s going to drop me off here a couple of days a week for lunch. 🙂

As always, we laughed, we teased, but mostly, we ate. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Went looking for a new belt this weekend.

That reminds me of another story told to me a long time ago.

A “pake” man walks into a clothes shop looking for a pair of pants. He finds a pair that fits perfectly. He asks the clerk how much. The clerk answers $8.99 (remember, this was a loooooong time ago). The man picks up another pair of pants that is one size larger. He asks the clerk how much for the bigger pair of pants. Clerks replies “$8.99”. Man picks up a third pair of pants even larger and ask “how much?”. Again, the clerk answers $8.99. The man puts the largest pair of pants on the register counter and says “I’ll take this one”.

The confused clerk asks the man “how come you buying the larger pair? clearly the other pair fits you better”. The “pake” man explains “same price, more material”. 🙂

Ahem. Moving on. My pants seem to be growing, I recently bought two pairs that fit about a month ago, and now they’re getting loose. The regular belts with belt holes lost their practicality a while back. I wanted to get an adjustable belt, one that doesn’t depend on set holes.

For lunch, we tried a newish “hole in the wall” place in Chinatown, Hunan Cuisine (53 North Beretania Street, Honolulu Hawaii). The first time The Cat tried Hunan food in China, the food was toooooooo spicy, The Cat was beyond not happy, more like miserable. So, she had some reservations about trying the restaurant. We called before and they said we could request the heat level and they had dishes that were not from the Hunan region.

Menu

Menu

The menu is a little hodge podge, a little Taiwan, a little Hunan, a little Cantonese … whatever.

We settled on two set lunches. The Cat choose first.

Taiwan Braised Pork Belly

Taiwan Braised Pork Belly

Soup, salad, a token piece of broccoli, Taiwan Braised Pork Belly, Japanese pickled turnip, and rice topped with seasoned ground pork.

Taiwan Braised Pork Belly

Taiwan Braised Pork Belly

Seasoned Ground Pork over Rice

Seasoned Ground Pork over Rice

OMG! It was amazing! The pork belly was almost (but not quite) like shoyu pork, but just a little sweeter. The ground pork over the rice? The Cat was a happy cat. She rated it 3.5 paws.

Since The Cat already ordered the pork belly, I wanted  to try something else (it was our first time here, had to have variety). I went with the smoked chicken (supposed to be one of their specialties).

Smoked Chicken Set Lunch

Smoked Chicken Set Lunch

Smoked Chicken

Smoked Chicken

Everything on The Cat’s set lunch except for the smoked chicken. I liked both dishes, The Cat liked hers more (she thought the smoked chicken was too smoked). Guess she’s not used to “huli huli” chicken.

The Cat approved returning to try other dishes on the menu. There’s a cumin lamb dish that piqued my interest. And of course that braised pork belly. Just remember to ask for “mild”.

Oh yeah, and the belt?

Belt

Belt

I can walk around without worrying about “wardrobe malfunctions” now. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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