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Saturday. “Business” meeting lasted a longer than expected. Drive home, prep and cook, wash dishes, a little overwhelming. Try a new-ish ramen shop.


The Cat translated to “smooth wind”.

Wall Art

Hee hee.

House-Made Gyoza

The Cat’s and The Mouse’s opinion? One of the best! Both socks off.



Tantan Men

The Cat’s, with extra vegetables. The Cat was happy.

Tokyo Tonkatsu Ramen

The Mouse’s, with extra vegetables. Slurp!

Finished off with chocolate mousse (house-made).

Chocolate Mousse


Satiated Cat and Mouse. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse


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The Cat had a spur of the moment inspiration to meet the double-hulled canoe, Hōkūleʻa, return from its three year around the world voyage.


In all, including the Hōkūleʻa, there were eight double-hulled canoes that joined in the procession.


Six from Hawai‘i, one from the Marshall Islands, and one from Tahiti.

After watching the canoes come in, The Cat and The Mouse were hot and sticky.

Breakfast needed to be cool and refreshing.

Açaí Bowl

From the Nordstrom ice cream shop.

After that, The Cat went off to finish some things at the office.

The Catʻs lunch.

Fruit Plate


Salami, Tomato, and Poached Egg on Toast

The Mouse went off to Walmart for a few things.

The Mouseʻs lunch, near Walmart, at the 808 Sheridan Center.


New-ish ramen joint.

Wall Decoration

The Mouse ordered one of their combos, to try a little bit of this and that.

Mini Miso Ramen


Mini Chicken Katsu Curry Rice


Four Piece Gyoza

Portions were pretty substantial, taste, very decent (nothing wow, but nothing to complain about). If in the area, may return.

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I guess sometimes The Bangles get it wrong. Yesterday was pretty manic.

It started Friday afternoon. One of the cans in the pantry was leaking. After the clean-up, thought it better to eat the contents of the cans the leaking can dripped on (no, I did not eat the contents of the compromised can).

Without going into details, I guess the combination was not too comfortable for The Mouse’s tummy. Stomach woke me up early Saturday morning needing … uhm … you get the idea.

After that, tried to go back to sleep and slightly overslept (hence the non-posting yesterday).

After some unexpected and time-consuming errands, a late breakfast/lunch gorge. Probably not the best course of action, but I was “starving”. Buffet lunch at Maple Garden/Yen King.



Choi sum, garlic eggplant, steamed fish, beef broccoli, salt and pepper shrimp. If the salt and pepper shrimp is right out of the wok, the shells are crispy and delicate like thin glass and I eat ’em shell, head, and all. Alas, the shrimp were not right out of the wok (buffet line syndrome), but they were still acceptable, just had to peel them.

A couple of hours later, another tummy grumble episode. Maybe The Mouse was slightly dehydrated after running errands.

Hungry again.

Checked out a “newish” Japanese bakery/eatery been curious about.

Sign, Pastry Island, Plate

Sign, Pastry Island, Plate

At the suggestion of the kitchen staff and counter sales people, selected two pastries for The Cat and one for The Mouse.

Mango Tart, Sweet Potato Bun, Pork Belly Bun

Mango Tart, Sweet Potato Bun, Pork Belly Bun

When the counter staff saw me trying to take a picture, they loaned me a plate so that it would be more “photogenic”. Cute ya?

Pork Belly, Hoisin Sauce Bun

Pork Belly, Hoisin Sauce Bun

Very tasty. definitely a “go back again item”.

A late dinner with The Cat (deadline pressure).

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The Cat’s go-to comfort food dish here.

Vegetable Tan Tan Ramen

Vegetable Tan Tan Ramen

The Mouse’s “mixed rice”.

Shredded Pork and Szechuan Pickle Rice Bowl

Shredded Pork and Szechuan Pickle Rice Bowl

Only issue with Goma Tei is after eating, thirsty (dunno if it’s too much salt or MSG).

Finished the day/night with a stop at Starbucks (not for coffee).

Herbal Sangria Shaken "Tea"

Herbal Sangria Shaken “Tea”

No caffeine. Bonus, frozen raspberries and orange slices in the drink. 🙂

Sunday morning, no tummy issues for The Mouse. Happy happy.

Off to grocery shopping for the week. Hopefully no “mania” today.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Sam, over at Bonding Tool, posted this, I saw the picture of Dong Po Rou and I almost fainted. Had to satisfy my jonesing for pork belly, Dong Po Rou specifically. Except I don’t know if there are any restaurants that serve Dong Po Rou. Have to make do with what we got.

Lunch from Menchanko Tei (903 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu, Hawaii). Two lunch special options, mini braised pork (kakuni) over rice with regular sized bowl of ramen or the opposite (regular rice bowl and mini ramen), went with the regular braised pork over rice bowl and mini ramen (was there any doubt?). 🙂

Kakuni Rice Bowl and Mini Ramen

Kakuni Rice Bowl and Mini Ramen

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

Mini Ramen Bowl

Mini Ramen Bowl

The soup of the mini ramen was pork bone based, big yum. Ramen came with a thick slice of roast pork, can it get any better? 🙂

Socks came off, highly recommended. Happy Mouse. My only complaint is that the pieces of pork were not tied into little parcels (I’m kidding).

So, if you are so inclined to send The Mouse something for Christmas, birthday, or just because, no need for fancy or expensive gifts, just braise cubes of pork belly and tie them into parcels. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Sake 101

Hopefully I can finish this post before the internet connection goes fritzy again.

Thursday night Chef P and I had an appointment with Malcolm and Nadine of The Sake Shop (1461 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii) to discuss the possibility of Chef creating sake chocolates (exclusive to the two shops) for the holidays. In  addition to discussing sake and chocolates, Chef and I got a primer on sake.

For instance, the grading of the sake depends on how much rice is polished off each grain. The more rice taken off, the higher the quality. We were trying the different grades, pasteurized and unpasteurized, and a yuzu infused sake. At the end of the night, Chef got to take five bottles of sake “to play”. He’s going to make samples next week. then we’re going to meet up again for taste testing (oh the sacrifices we make). Hee hee (I’m excited)!

Anticipating coming home late, I had semi-prepared dinner. The Cat had other plans.

She wanted soup noodles. We ended up at Menchanko Tei (903 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu, Hawaii).

I think The Cat ordered Kikuzo Ramen (I wasn’t taking notes).

Kikuzo Ramen?

The last time we were here, I loved the dressing that came with the shredded cabbage. I ordered katsu curry rice, thinking I would get shredded cabbage.

Katsu Curry Rice

Alas, it was not to be. I got a side salad instead. Sigh.

I asked the server if I could get a plate of shredded cabbage with the dressing. At first, she said no, the curry comes with a side salad, not shredded cabbage (the shredded cabbage is supposed to help absorb the excess oil from the fried pork). when I explained why, she relented and gave me a small plate (with dressing).

Shredded Cabbage and Dressing

Shredded Cabbage (Close Up)

Yay! It’s the little things in life. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

(Whew! Made it through without my connect going kabluey, cross your fingers).

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