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Still looking for “good” mapo tofu, The Cat. Granted, we don’t really know the “authentic” taste of mapo tofu, but The Cat has a taste in mind.

Going back to L&R Drive In to see if their taste is what The Cat is thinking of.

Cheap Eats.

Plate #1

Grilled pork chop and mapo tofu. Taste is what The Cat had in mind. In no way “authentic”, no Szechuan peppercorn for example, and not too spicy, however, The Cat liked.

Plate #2

Beef tomato and grilled chicken. Mmm.

Cheap eats. Two dinners, two and a half bento (The Mouse got the half). Good deal!

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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The Cat and The Mouse try “spicy” Chinese restaurant (Chendu Taste) in search for mapo tofu (The Cat’s been wanting for a while).

The food:

Mapo Tofu

The reason for the search. Ingredients included Szechuan peppercorns (tongue numbing), and fermented black beans. The Mouse thinks just a touch more spice. But good as is.

Tomato and Egg

Another dish The Cat was in the mood for.

Smoked Pork Belly with Bamboo Shoot and Bell Pepper

The Cat thought this was recommended by a friend, maybe ordered incorrectly? Not what The Cat envisioned, The Mouse enjoyed anyway.

Spicy Cabbage

In The Mouse’s (and The Cat’s) opinion, best dish of the day. Salty, little spicy, with Szechuan peppercorns. Seasoning went very well with the cabbage. Not to mention the cabbage was cooked perfectly, cooked through but still crunchy. Mmm.

The Cat approved a return sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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The advantage of going to the grocery store late. Markdowns!

Mapo Tofu and Rice X 2

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Red Velvet Pudding Cake

Everything for a penny less than five bucks! The Mouse’s dinner last night and lunch today. Pake eats! Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Weather is still too humid for long cooking in the kitchen. Bleh. Easier to let someone else sweat in their kitchen. Hee hee.

The makings of The Cat’s bentos for the next two weekdays.

Two Choice

Fried rice, mochiko chicken?, steamed vegetables, and shoyu pork.

Two Choice, The Sequel

Steamed rice, Mapo tofu, steamed vegetables, Chinese roast pork.

The Mouse did steam up several Okinawan sweet potatoes as his contribution to The Cat’s bentos. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Mouse picked up an ume musubi from the Japanese warehouse market.

The Mouse’s Sampler

The Mouse taste testing. Hee hee.

The Mouse even got a little more to graze for dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The Mouse knows, out of sequence.

Sunday dinner, Iron Chef’s new spot in SPAM Land.

Coaster

The Cat started out with one of Chef’s signature beers.

Morimoto Soba

The Mouse isn’t quite sure, but buckwheat is involved with the making of the beer. Easy to drink.

Spicy Hamachi and Spider Roll

Roast duck Caesar. Weird presentation, but when you consider it is Chef Morimoto, kinda fits.

Tableside presentation.

Tableside Presentation

Ingredients in takeout box, blonde anime server shakes box like making a Bond martini, and voila, “composed salad”. Hee hee.

Roast Duck Caesar

Romaine lettuce, cucumber, red onion, crispy wonton, watermelon radish, parmesan, caesar dressing.

The Mouse would order again, if just to laugh at the presentation. The Mouse still likes the Caesar at Michel’s, including presentation.

The Cat’s entree.

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Poached chicken breast, tumeric rice, ginger scallion sauce, chili sauce. The Cat thought good, but Chinatown is cheaper (but Chinatown chicken not “touched” by an Iron Chef).

Chicken Close Up

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Hainanese Rice Close Up

The Mouse ordered.

Mapo Tofu

Tobanjan, tofu, miso pork, scallion. Notice anything missing from the ingredient list? Sichuan peppercorn. Server explained might be too intense for some customers. Sigh, guess gotta go to Sichuan restaurant. Still, good comfort food, like getting Zippy’s vegetarian chili and rice. Hee hee.

Dessert.

Banana Pudding and Chai Tea

Housemade vanilla wafers, caramel rum pudding, chai bubble tea,

Strawberry Yuzu Sorbet

Sorbet was a winner! Definitely going back to order again.

Server also comped us a scoop of mango sorbet. The Cat has that picture on her phone.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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