Posts Tagged ‘Pork’

The Cat hibernated most of Sunday. Early bird dinner neighborhood Italian-inspired (their words).

Spicy Arrabiata w/ shrimp on penne

The Cat ordered.

Pork Picatta – lemon & caper butter sauce

The Mouse order.

Doggie bags on both. Two orders, four meals. Hee hee.

Save room for dessert.

Toffee Topped Cheesecake

Think Heath bar or Almond Roca. Mmm.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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After the Concert

The Cat was given tickets to a choral concert Sunday, she did some deeply discounted accounting work for them.

After the concert, The Cat and The Mouse tried to find somewhere to eat. Could not find parking at several locations, ended up in Chinatown. Hunan restaurant. Ordered simple, not spicy.

Noodz with Pork and Vegetable

Comfort food.

Sauteed Greens

Some kinda “spinach”? Whatever it was, it was good.

And the star of the show?

Steamed Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetable

Cooked very well. Tender, not dried, not “greasy”. The Cat thinks they pre-boiled to render the oil out. Nom!

The Mouse wants to go back to try their buns and dumplings!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The Mouse was nearby and dinner from the gas station seemed like a good idea at the time, no regrets.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

The local 7-Eleven stocks a pretty good BLT but they were sold out last night, good substitute.

Root Beer

One of The Mouse’s faves. Now in diet.

Crunchy Stuff

No, The Mouse did not consume in one sitting. But good that the gas station sells small packs. Controlled portions. Hee hee.

To balance out The Mouse made a fruit salad.

Mandarin Orange, Starfruit, Canned Pineapple


For The Cat, The Mouse made a quick stew/braise

The Cat’s Stew

Leftover Chinese pot roast pork, eggplant, carrot. Nom.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Meated Out

Sunday, after farmers market. The Mouse was craving meat. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ at the mall.

Pork Cheeks


Hanger Steak


Boneless Rib Meat


Beef Liver




Cauliflower Tempura



Just a sampling, The Cat and The Mouse order much more, salad, edamame, miso soup, rice, mushrooms, potato, too many to take pictures.

Ok, The Mouse is good for another six months or so. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Happy Accident

The Mouse bought pork belly from the warehouse.

Pork Belly

Plan was for shoyu pork. Trying to follow Chef C’s method. The Mouse ran out of energy at the end. Stopped 3/4 of the way through.

Parboiled the pork, drained the water, washed the pork.

Clean water, enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, whiskey, and vinegar.

Enoki Mushroom


Shiitake Mushrooms

Plan was after simmering for hour to hour-half, take the pork out and steam with shoyu mixture. Chef C’s theory is that if the pork is simmered in the shoyu mixture first, the meat cannot soften, stays tough. The Shoyu flavor doesn’t penetrate the meat as deep, but the texture is softer.

But … The Mouse ran out of energy to complete the shoyu steam portion.

Shoyu pork became pork belly soup with mushrooms.

Pork Belly Soup

The Cat didn’t mind. The texture of the pork was perfect.

The Cat’s Dinner Tray

Pork belly soup, pan-seared Napa cabbage with bamboo shoot, bamboo rice, Chinese rice vinegar (for dipping the pork).

A happy accident.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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