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The Mouse (and The Cat) is (are) back. Short trip to Hilo, semi-business for The Cat, The Mouse went along kinda as driver. Pics and stories coming. In the meantime, last night dinner. Schedule still out of whack, jet lag and all. Hee hee.

Max’s of Manila, near The Mouse’s workplace.

Dishes that meet The Cat’s food preferences.

Pinakbet

Vegetables? Check. Soupy? Check.

A little too much shrimp paste for The Mouse’s taste, good with rice though.

Papaya Chicken Soup

Again, soupy? Check. Vegetables? Check.

Well cooked. Chicken was not “dried out” from overcooking, papaya was soft, but not falling apart.

Really though, the main reason for coming here was for the ube ice cream (The Cat was jonesing for).

Ube Ice Cream

The Cat would have gone for a bowl of Halo Halo, but watching her weight and too much food.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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The Cat’s.

Meal

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Yogurt

The Mouse thinks that was breakfast.

Ice Cream!

The Mouse thinks The Cat didn’t have a choice of flavors, but still, it’s ice cream. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Cat

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Been doing a lot of meetings for the chocolate shop lately. Face time with potential corporate customers and investors. One meeting took way longer than planned. The Cat suggested lunch at Max’s of Manila (it’s close to the chocolate shop). They offer specials for lunch, Entrée, vegetable, and rice (plate lunch) for a reasonable price.

The Cat went with …

Fish in Black Bean Sauce

Fish in Black Bean Sauce

A combination of brown rice and red cargo rice. Vegetable was ung choi salad with tomatoes.

The Mouse’s choice.

Pork Belly

Pork Belly

The pork belly was marinated in an Asian sauce then grilled? If I close my eyes, the taste reminded me of Chinese char siu pork (except with pork belly instead of pork loin). Rice was Max’s signature garlic rice. Vegetable was the same ung choi with tomatoes. The Mouse liked. Very much (both socks off worthy). A definite repeat order candidate.

When ordering the lunch special, customers have an option of adding a scoop of ice cream for one dollar. The Cat ordered ube ice cream.

The Cat's Ube Ice Cream

The Cat’s Ube Ice Cream

The Cat was happiest about the ice cream, I was happy with my pork belly. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Today, we exposed the two chefs (P&P) to other cuisines. Thought we’d eat “Filipino fusion” food at Max’s of Manila (801 Dillingham Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii). We asked the chefs if they wanted to tag along, and surprisingly, they did.

I think some of the food was a little of a cultural shock to them although we tried to order “safe”.

Nilagang Baka

Tender beef shank and ribs in flavorful broth. Greens, potato, and peppercorn.

Ensaladang Kangkong

Kangkong  (ong choi) tossed with sesame soy vinaigrette. I liked this, the chefs thought the presentation was pretty.

Ubod Salad

Heart of palm and pineapple chunks. Again, I liked this, the chefs thought it was a little too sweet for “salad”.

Sizzling Tofu

With onion, bell pepper, and green  pepper sauce. One of The Cat’s favorites.

Spaghetti

This is not some fancy schmantzy spaghetti with gourmet sauce. The description from the menu reads: “Filipino style spaghetti with sweet tomato sauce, ground beef, slices of hot dog, and topped with cheddar cheese. I was in the mood. The dish reminded me of school cafeteria spaghetti (in a good way). 🙂

The Cat ended the meal with a dish of ube ice cream.

Ube Ice Cream

Do not adjust your computer screens, this is the natural color of ube ice cream. I think Chef’s brother, little P, was impressed with the color.

Have to give props to big P and little P for eating outside of their comfort zone. 🙂

The reason why we were in the neighborhood.

Padovani Chocolates

The Cat needed ten boxes of chocolates and Chef suggested we come on Sunday when they’re usually closed so they wouldn’t get interrupted (it’s one of the perks of personally knowing them). We also got to sample some of the “rejects” that won’t be sold because of cosmetic reasons. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Last night, one of the servers, M, showed me how to make Bananas Foster (he was making it for one of his tables). The original recipe is here. M likes to prepare Bananas Foster to show off his table service skills.

Prepping for Bananas Foster

The recipe is fairly simple. Create a caramel sauce with bananas and liquor. The highpoint is the flambé.

Flambé

Makes the guests feel special.

Bananas Foster

Would I try making this? Someday. I’m still a bit skittish about the flambé part.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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