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If you search the internet for “Aloha Friday” you’ll learn about wearing aloha shirts and dresses (muu muu), and the evolution of casual “business” attire over here.

For me, aloha Friday is kalua pork, and lau lau. Bonus points for lomi salmon, and “if get poi?” … Jackpot!

Doctor’s appointment today. Lunch from a mini-mart in the building.

Lau Lau, Kalua Pork, Rice, Potato/Mac Salad

Lau Lau, Kalua Pork, Rice, Potato/Mac Salad

Funny, I passed the mini-mart many times, did not think to go in, until today. Today’s special. 🙂 Serendipity? Maybe.

And …

Lomi Salmon

Lomi Salmon

With real salted salmon.

Salted Salmon

Salted Salmon

Not the funny stuff I make (see yesterday’s post). Salted salmon. Salmon, and  salt. Think gravlax without the sugar and dill. Bonus!

BTW, doctor said I’m all better. 🙂

So a good start for the weekend. Have a good one.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Or, lomi salmon, the poor Mouse version.

Lomi lomi salmon, a luau staple. I have no archaeological nor anthropological evidence, just a feeling that lomi salmon is a westernized version of poké.

The Mouse loves both poké and lomi salmon

Anyway, salted salmon (main ingredient of lomi salmon) and poké are luxury items rarely seen, if at all, at our house. When I have the munchies for lomi salmon, have to make do with the Mouse canned version.

Chopped onions, green onions, diced tomato, and canned salmon.

Mouse Version

Mouse Version

Mix to incorporate.

Tah Dah!

Tah Dah!

Pink salmon, this time around. A distant relative of real lomi salmon, but, close your eyes and it kinda works. Now, if I only had poi. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Always a challenge on Sundays. Eating well without breaking the wallet. Did you know one little breakfast burrito at Mickey D’s is 300 calories? And probably loaded with fat, salt, and all the other “stuff”. Eww!

Picked this up at the drug/convenience store waiting for my bus transfer.

Convenience Pack

Convenience Pack

Six ounces each of poi and lomi salmon. All for less than four bucks! Cheap eats!

Sorry, added a splash of soy sauce before taking the picture.

Poi!

Poi!

Lomi Salmon

Lomi Salmon

The poi was a bit stiff, more like soft tofu than paste, not bad though. The lomi salmon was decent enough. All in all, a good alternative to SPAM musubi. Although not as easy to eat on the run, the convenience pack at least makes it “portable”. 🙂

Hope the store carries it on a regular basis.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Uhm, for those of you with queasy stomachs, beware (it’s not that bad, really).

Based on the previous post, we pushed the envelope again yesterday.

The Cat wanted to go to the outlet mall. In our opinion, there’s not too much choice in the eating department out there.

There’s a restaurant I’ve been curious about in the nearby town. Thought we’d give it a shot.

Sign

Sign

Link: http://www.myhighwayinn.com/

The sign pretty much says it all (94-226 Leoku Street, Waipahu, Hawaii). I saw on the online menu butterfish collars for The Cat (at least she had one default choice.

On the menu, Na’au Pua’a. Had to google what it is. From their website:

Na’au Pua’a |nah-ow poo-ah-ah| is a Fear Factor dish. It’s chitterlings (pig intestines) and luau leaves in a soupy base. The literal translation is gut (na’au) of the pig (pua’a). It’s on the saltier side, and easier to eat than to pronounce.

Confirmed with our young server what the dish was. Asked him if it was good. His response “mmmm”. Really? “No, I don’t eat the stuff, you may be one of the few that like it.”

Yes. Go for it. Can’t be all that bad (unless the intestines are not cleaned properly). If I can survive cleaning the stuff … (see The Banner of the Pig)

Na'au Pua'a Combo Plate

Stew Combo Plate

From their menu: Choice of Beef Stew, Tripe Stew or Na’au Pua’a Rice or Poi (brown rice or poi add 30¢), Lomi Salmon or Mac Salad, Pipikaula, Haupia.

Went with poi, and lomi salmon.

Na'au Pua'a Close Up

Na’au Pua’a Close Up

This stuff is good. But be warned, you have to like pig offal and luau leaves. I do.

As good as the stew was, the pipikaula was really good.

Again, from their website:

Pipikaula |pee-pee-cow-lah| Our most popular dish, pipikaula was a favorite snack among paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys) during long cattle drives in the 19th century. A salted, dried beef strip, some liken pipi (beef) kaula (strip) to beef jerky, but our version is a bit different. Our pipikaula is seasoned, dried and then grilled to enhance the flavor.

After all that, The Cat’s deep-fried butterfish collar was almost anti-climatic.

Deep-Fried Butterfish Collar and Rice

Deep-Fried Butterfish Collar and Rice

The collar is just behind the head of a fish. If The Cat can’t get the head, her next favorite is the collar.

All dishes are highly recommended. Go, try. 🙂

When our server asked how everything was I suggest he try the stew. His one word reply, No. That’s okay, more for me.

According to their website, they’re set to open another location townside. Yay!

More pig offal, more often. Bring it!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The first two times I visited here, it was by myself. Think advance reconnaissance. 😀

The other day, we (The Cat and I) met up with our cousins P&B. It was their first time (The cat included). I was on a mission to convert them to fans. P, I’m not too worried about, but B has not been fully assimilated yet (she has yet to patronize a lunch wagon). Sigh.

Anyway, the specials for Friday included Hawaiian plate and steamed fish. On this day, it was sole.

Steamed Sole, Chinese-Style

The Cat approved.

Hawaiian Plate

A large bowl of poi, laulau, kalua pig and cabbage, lomi salmon, and raw onions (they’re under the poi). The Mouse approved (this was my first time eating a plate lunch from here).

Teri Pork with Brown Rice

P’s order. I think he approved.

Won Ton Mein

B’s order. She wanted to make sure I got a picture of the fishcake (kamaboko). She doesn’t eat it (told you she hasn’t been fully assimilated yet). 😉

Of course, I had to get this:

Green River

B got one too, so there’s still hope for her yet. 🙂

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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