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One Pot …

Back to a one pot dish (skipped a couple of weeks), some for The Mouse’s dinner, some for The Cat’s lunch. Keeping it simple.

Sliced Pork Belly

Sliced Pork Belly

From the Korean grocery store.

Turnips

Turnips

Again from you know where.

Blanched Pork Belly, Kimchi

Blanched Pork Belly, Kimchi

The Cat says turnips and pork is a classic combination in Chinese cooking.

Turnips, pork belly, red miso, gojujang (from my Bibimbap lunch), leaf kimchi (just a little bit), water, soju.

Low temp simmer.

Turnip and Pork Belly Stew, Miso and Gojujang Flavor

Turnip and Pork Belly Stew, Miso and Gojujang Flavor

First day taste was a little “interesting”. Today, the flavors mellowed and combined. Yes!

Bowl of rice, stew (with gravy). Perfect.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Ok, I misspoke, thought the B-Day parties were the last eatin’ events in January. Forgot Chinese New Year (those sneaky Chinese, The Cat and The Mouse included) move the dates around every year, must be a conspiracy to confuse. I know solar calendar vs lunar calendar, but conspiracy is more exciting.

Disclaimer, The Cat nor The Mouse picked the restaurant (although, The Cat did think the food was really good there at one time, plus, we think it’s one of the few places in SPAM land to have Hainan Chicken rice on the menu). The Cat’s relative picked the place.

So, onward to S_______ Cafe in Chinatown (named masked to protect the …).

Crabmeat and Fish Maw Soup

Crabmeat and Fish Maw Soup

It was … okay. The maw was a little crunchy/chewy, not sure if that’s the perfect texture. Had fish maw at other places that were softer in texture.

Country Style Rice Noodle

Country Style Rice Noodle

This was okay, not bad, added a splash of shoyu or vinegar to up the taste. The Cat’s relative couldn’t/wouldn’t touch it, she believe she cannot eat shrimp, crab, lobster, fish, chicken, beef, and a whole list of things, kinda Alanis. So, she couldn’t/wouldn’t touch the soup either.

Duck and Dried Pork Skin Pot

Duck and Dried Pork Skin Pot

Hmm. Duck a little overcooked, the pork skin either not hydrated or not cooked long enough. Something definitely off on this dish. And such potential too. Now, to be fair, since it was Chinese new year eve, maybe the kitchen was overwhelmed (the tables were full). I dunno. One of two dishes The Cat’s relative “touched”.

Capital Pork Chop

Capital Pork Chop

The second of two dishes The Cat’s relative “touched”. I hope The Mouse doesn’t get “Morris” in his old age. The pork chops? Not bad, The Mouse prefers pork belly to chop, not bad for the chop cut of meat tho’.

Hainan Chicken Rice

Hainan Chicken Rice

The Mouse thought this was pretty good, especially the rice, cooked in chicken stock and fat. Mmm. The Cat thought the dish was better before. The ginger and chili sauce sets off the cold chicken well. One of two favorite dishes for The Mouse for the night. Better be since The Mouse ordered it. Hee hee.

Stringbeans with Pork and Preserved Vegetable

String Beans with Pork and Preserved Vegetable

Again, “something” missing, dunno if the flavor was well distributed or just overwhelmed kitchen. Sigh.

Egg Tarts

Egg Tarts

From the morning dim sum service. A little something sweet to end the dinner. 🙂

Hope your Chinese new year celebration went well.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Jus’ cleaning out the refrig, leftovers, etc.

The Mouse's "Mess"

The Mouse’s “Mess”

Carrots, frozen edamame, frozen peas, celery. Braised with leftover miso/sake pork. Tah dah! Dinner.

That’s it for today.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Eat more greens and veggies. It’s not that I don’t like vegetables, just kinda strayed during the holidays. Have to get back to “normal”.

New Year’s lunch with one of The Cat’s relatives. Kinda an “obligation” thing. And, has to be Chinese food. Ended up at Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant.

In trying to stick to the new year’s resolution, The Mouse ordered greens.

Stir-Fried Choi Sum

Stir-Fried Choi Sum

The Cat ordered noodles.

Braised Egg Noodles

Braised Egg Noodles

The Cat’s relative was the “naughty” one (at least as far as resolutions go).

Kau Yuk with Taro

Kau Yuk with Taro

The Mouse tried to stick to the plan and ate mostly vegetables, but the kau yuk was too tempting. So, I had one piece. Think of it as easing into the habit. At least it was only one piece. And the leftovers were taken by the relative to remove further temptation. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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Olde Skool

Before Macyʻs, there was Liberty House. There was a restaurant called The Gazebo. They served reasonably priced meals, nothing fancy, but someplace in the mall to have a sit down meal. After the store became Macyʻs, the restaurant was “upgraded” and a celebrity chefʻs name was attached to it. Of course, prices rose to reflect the celebrity chef status. Thatʻs in town.

On our side of the mountain, I guess we are still considered small town enough. The Gazebo is still here.

New Yearʻs eve lunch.

Shoyu Pork

Shoyu Pork

Shoyu pork, vegetable, rice, and a side salad, ten bucks. Cheap eats.

See, more cafeteria food than celebrity chef “gourmet” food. Comfort food at itʻs best.

Being that I got there 5 minutes before closing, the gravy had simmered down thick and rich (and a little too salty). Plus, the cook used shoulder instead of belly, a little on the lean side. But still good.

Talk about nostalgia, in a good way.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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