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Sunday. The Cat hibernation day. The Mouse threw things in a pot and you know the rest.

The Cat’s Noodle Soup Bowl

Udon noodles, wakame, fried egg. The Mouse thinks the fried egg looks better in picture than poached.

The Mouse’s Steamed Bowl

Rice, mixed vegetables, sardines. The Mouse prefers sardines with skin and bones versus boneless and skinless. 🙂

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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As mentioned previously, Christmas Eve dinner at Herringbone. The Cat, The Mouse, and a couple of friends and associates (orphans in a storm). 🙂

California Avocado Toast

Romanesco, crispy parmesan, tomato confit, Fresno chili.

Not bad, The Cat preferred the avocado toast from Il Lupino.

Yellowtail (Hamachi) Crudo

Truffle yuzu (what’s that!?), crispy garlic, green onion.

Not bad, more than “meh”, The Mouse thinks The Cat would’ve probably preferred an izakaya or sushi bar preparation.

The Cat’s order:

Local Snapper

Farmer market vegetables, citrus miso glaze. Again not bad, The Cat thought the fish was just ever so slightly overcooked. And you know with white-fleshed fish, once you pass that line, it’s all downhill from there.

The Mouse’s order:

Miso Mushroom “Carbonara”

Udon, snap peas, farm egg, chilis.

The Mouse didn’t mind his order, with the caveat that there’s probably a similar dish at a ramen joint at sixty-percent less. Maybe the mushrooms raised the price. Sigh.

Bok Choy and Mushrooms

Crispy taro, island vinaigrette.

The crispy taro was good, except The Mouse didn’t rescue it from the broth fast enough, edges got soggy. More long beans than bok choi. The vinaigrette gave the dish a sorta southern collared greens vibe. The Mouse is still deciding if that was a good thing.

Overall dinner to paraphrase Maxwell Smart/Don Adams …

Would The Cat and The Mouse return? Yes, with the caveat for happy hour only.

Mele Kalikimaka to those so inclined. Have a great day to all!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse (and The Cat)

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A few of The Cat’s eating “adventures”, the misses.

Tempura udon.

Sides

Head-on shrimp, bean sprouts, soy beans.

Tempura on the Side

So it doesn’t get soggy in the dashi broth.

Bowl of Udon

The Cat felt severely overpriced.

On another day …

Pork Belly Stir-Fry Teishoku

Again, overpriced. Too much onions, both in the stir-fry and raw.

Lastly.

The Cat bought a bag of “mountain apples”, not knowing exactly what they are.

Mountain Apples

Not apples. The Mouse doesn’t care for the texture nor the taste. The Cat kinda has to finish the bag herself.

Oh well, I guess you do eat with your eyes first, but sometimes, the eyes deceive. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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HNL>>PVG via NRT

The Cat went to visit her elderly relatives (before they become ancestors, if you catch my drift). Last dinner at SPAMland.

Menu

Menu

 

Chopsticks

Chopsticks

One of the reasons the place was picked was because The Cat likes the bathroom, alas, the woman’s restroom just had a regular WC (must’ve broke and been replaced).

Luckily, the man’s side still had the technology.

Self-Flushing Stand Up

Self-Flushing Stand Up

 

Basin

Basin

And the star of the room.

Japanese Style Combo

Japanese Style Combo

 

Control Panel

Control Panel

Okay, now that’s out of the way …

Eggplant and Dried Bonito App

Eggplant and Dried and Shaved Bonito App

The Cat ordered.

Nabeyaki Udon

Nabeyaki Udon

 

Tempura on the side (so not soggy)

Tempura on the side (so not soggy)

The Mouse ordered.

Unagi Chiraishi

Unagi Chiraishi

As a bonus, there were young Szechuan peppers in the rice.

Rice with Szechuan Peppercorns

Rice with Szechuan Peppercorns

And something sweet to end the meal.

Green Tea Ice Cream Stack

Green Tea Ice Cream Stack

On to Narita.

Layover Udon

Layover Udon

Then to Shanghai. Arrive to heavy rain.

Dinner with The Cat’s friend at the hotel.

Shoyu Fish (I think)

Shoyu Fish (I think)

 

Mochi Stuffed Lotus Root

Mochi Stuffed Lotus Root

 

Bamboo Shoot and Mushroom Soup

Bamboo Shoot and Mushroom Soup

 

Pea Shoots

Pea Shoots

 

Steamed Fish

Steamed Fish

The Mouse’s food, not so spectacular. Maybe post about it tomorrow.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse (and The Cat)

 

 

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Cold Udon

Ten years ago, I would have never imagined trying and possibly liking cold udon noodles. However, that was ten years ago.

I’m tired of eating mall food (just one more week!). Yesterday, took a short walk outside of the mall, past the Chinese restaurant The Cat used to frequent pretty regularly, and got handed a coupon for the udon restaurant next door.

Coupon

Coupon

We haven’t tried this place before for a couple of reasons. First, when they first opened, the lines were too long. Second, when we took a look at the menu, the price seemed a little high for “noodles”. And third, udon is not on The Cat’s favorite noodle list.

But recently, I’ve seen banners advertising $5.99 bentos, and $8.00 lunch specials (comparable to what the mall vendors charge for “mall food”). The coupon nudged me to try.

It was a toss-up between udon with a pork rice bowl, or chicken karaage. Although the chicken karaage was tempting, went with the pork rice bowl.

Lunch Combo: Cold Udon and Pork Rice Bowl

Lunch Combo: Cold Udon and Pork Rice Bowl

Server asked if I wanted the udon hot or cold. The weather was humid, and me being more adventurous (food-wise) in my old age went with the cold choice.

I’ve had cold somen and soba before and didn’t mind it but never tried cold udon before. To the uninitiated, udon is thick Japanese-style noodles.

Udon Noodles

Udon Noodles

The dish came with a soy sauce based dipping sauce with grated ginger and green onions on the side.

Ginger and Green Onions

Ginger and Green Onions

All of this went into my sauce. In addition, the table had sesame seeds, tempura sprinkles, and the chili pepper blend, Japanese style (one of my favorite condiments).

Condiments

Condiments

All of these went into my sauce as well. When it comes to some foods, I believe in the “all in theory”. 🙂

So, how were the cold udon noodles? Not bad. With cold soba and somen, the noodles are thin and soft. I can slurp them kind of quickly (it’s okay to slurp). With the udon, the texture is very al dente. Chew, chew, chew, and chew some more. A good way for me to eat slow. All in all a very good experience. Does cold udon noodles replace udon in hot broth? No, but I’m no longer opposed to eating them this way.

Now for the pork rice bowl.

Pork Rice Bowl

Pork Rice Bowl

Braised pork with onions, shoyu based sauce, over rice. Not bad at all, a smidgen too much onions (kind of overpowered the pork), but still good.

Probably would go back for lunch (dinner is still a little pricey for noodles). Maybe try the hot udon next time for lunch.

Definitely not “mall food”. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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