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The Cat has been wanting pho for a couple of weeks. The Mouse not willing to venture into Chinatown for eating in quite yet.

The Cat and The Mouse ended up at the mall. Lines for CPK and Olive Garden. No line at Mama Phở. Try try.

The Cat decided on the crab phở.

Crab Phở

Not usual beef, seafood and tomato based. Huge bowl, face wash basin sized. Hee hee.

The Cat was a little disappointed that the crab was more pork and crab meatballs and not crab crab. There was also a lot of steam pork loaf (think Vietnamese bologna or SPAM) which The Mouse happily help scarf. 🙂

The Mouse followed the recommendation of the server and ordered the pork chop and tofu rice plate.

Pork Chop and Tofu Rice Plate

Good choice, rice was colored with annatto (not natto) which gave the rice a slight earthy spice aroma/flavor. A good choice. The Mouse wonders how pork belly, braised then grilled would be. Hmm.

In hind thought, it was somehow weirdly appropriate that The Cat and The Mouse ended up at a place named Mama Phở yesterday. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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The Mouse’s schedule was all messed up today. Without going into details, The Mouse’s planned exploration into a new sushi bar was dashed for lunch. The Mouse then had second thoughts about ordering take-out fried chicken … because … “fried”.

Ended up here.

Signs

Signs

Notice the sign on the right? Coming soon? Hee hee (happy dance). The bbq joint is kinda a little bit of bbq, a little bit of local hole-in-the-wall, a little bit of comfort food. Original location is not too accessible Kalihi area. Soon, almost in our backyard. Well not that close, but close enough.

Lunch at the Vietnamese place next door.

Vermicelli, vegetables, Spring Roll, BBQ Pork

Vermicelli, vegetables, Spring Roll, BBQ Pork

Kind of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Not in volume, but timing. The restaurant’s homemade fermented black bean and chili paste is pretty awesome.

Chili Paste

Chili Paste

Slightly hot, but not blow your socks off spicy. I think the guy next to me inhaled almost the whole container (okay, that would be a little much for The Mouse). Kinda like an Asian tapenade? Hmm.

Being that this was The Mouse’s first (and possibly last) meal of the day, added a little sweet at the end.

Chocolate Tapioca

Chocolate Tapioca

It was definitely not an unagi rice bowl meal, nor was it take-out fried chicken, kinda in the middle. Going to listen to Carly Simon now. Hope they open soon.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Not Fried. 🙂

Started off with a package of rolls? from the newly re-opened Korean grocery store (I think they changed owners).

Sign

Sign

Not much change from the previous incarnation (both inside and out).

The Rolls

The Rolls

As the shopkeeper tried to explain to me, the rolls are made out of regular wheat flour and mochi rice flour. These are the bomb! Socks off. Crunchy on the outside, super chewy on the inside. Slightly sweet salty, with the sesame seed “essence” going on. Going back for more.

Lunch was kinda “consolation prize”. Took a chance and headed up to Breadbox Hawaii to see if there were any natto puff pastry left. Sold out. 😦

Second choice, mandoo plate. I know, it’s a stretch.

Mandoo Plate Lunch

Mandoo Plate Lunch

This take-out included a small amount of banchan (a good thing), some places don’t included their banchan with take-out. Understandable but still welcomed if included.

And The Cat got a bunch of gardenias out of the trek.

Gardenias

Gardenias

Dinner was kinda cheap eats. Wanted to try this place for a while (especially on a Saturday). Better than average rating (4+). But Saturday are BOGO!

Signs

Signs

Hee hee! Pake.

Spring Roll Tofu Vegetable Phở Steak and Tendon Phở

Spring Roll
Tofu and Vegetable Phở
Eye Round Steak and Tendon Phở

Soup was tasty but light (a good thing), wasn’t too thirsty afterwards (like some other places). Decent. 🙂

Heading off to the farmers market.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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