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Filipino Women's League Demonstrates Great Food
Banh Mi is Easy
Octopus is Not Just for Poke
Squash Blossoms Make a Good Pupu
The Hira's Pan-Seared/Roasted Duck
Grand Cafe to close for now in search of a new location
Think Of It As A $2.50 Lunch
Korean Food in Waipahu for a Song
Cheap Eats - Breakfast at Ethel's
Kahuku: Corn, Watermelon, Shrimp, and Curry?
Summer 2010 in Alaska...Eating
When in Rome...Iolani School's 2010 Fair a hit again.
Fresh Vegetables From Farm to Home to Table All In the Same Day
Flatout Flatbread Breakfast Burrito
Thanksgiving in Las Vegas Brings Food Opportunities Galore
Marukai's Sukiyaki Nabe Set, Ready To Cook
Whole Foods Market Value Tours
Where I Went Eat This Weekend - Next Week, Part II
Where I went eat this weekend - The next week.
Where I went eat this weekend.
Kung Hee Fat Choy With Gon Lo Mein
There's No Fish Like Butterfish
Habanada's Cheap and EZ Eats: Sixth Course - Beef and Asparagus Cake Noodles
Habanada's Cheap and EZ Eats: Fifth Course - Corned Beef Hash Patties
Dinner By Design
Pulled Chicken Sandwich
Flamingo Restaurant on Kapiolani
Chicken Piccata
Hong Kong Style Wonton
A Stew for a Rainy Day
Quick Omlette
Whoa...Mean Da Chicken!
Habanada's Cheap and EZ Eats: Fourth Course - Zucchini Fries
WorkTime Cheesy English Muffins
A Simple Grilled Cheese
Habanada's Cheap and EZ Eats: Third Course - Hot Dogs & Zucchini
Steamed Miso Ginger Onion Fish
Habanada's Cheap and EZ Eats: Second Course - Corned Beef and Onions
Habanada's Cheap and EZ Eats: First Course - Salt and Pepper Beef
Habanada's Cheap and EZ Eats.
7th Annual Korean Festival
Bulgogi from Frog House makes a good leftover dinner.
A quick lunch with noodles from Young's Noodle Factory
The Peanut Shop is closing for good on Liliha
Flavors of Honolulu 2008
The Food We Eat.


Filipino Women's League Demonstrates Great Food

Posted by CLYDE on Monday, October 15, 2012 4:40 AM

I look forward every second Saturday to attend the Pearl City Urban Garden Center's "Second Saturday at the Garden". If you are a gardener, or one in training like me, then you need to attend this event.

A different topic is covered each month from container gardening to water conservation. This weekend's topic was "Cooking from the Garden".

The Filipino Women's League (FWL) put on a cooking demonstration using unusual fruits and vegetables. Members of the FWL demonstrated various Filipino dishes. We got to sample all the dishes they demonstrated.

There was sari sari, chicken marungay, banana and jackfruit lumpia, layered cassava dessert, kamote and katuday salad, and guayabano (soursop) chiller.
All are in their fundraising cookbook. Sales of the cookbook go to the FWL scholarship fund for scholarships to college bound high school students of Filipino ancestry.

The FWL members are very friendly and always eager to share their knowledge and experiences. Many are longtime members.

If you are interested in ordering a cookbook you can write them at:
Filipino Women's League
P.O. Box 419
Pearl City, HI 96782

Cookbooks are $15.00 plus $6.00 for shipping and handling.

Banh Mi is Easy

Posted by CLYDE on Saturday, August 04, 2012 3:55 PM

Leftovers. Barbeque chicken, or teriyaki in Hawaii, leftovers come often. I found a great way to eat leftovers in a different way.

Went to a local farmers market and visited the Bale vendor who had most of the major fixings for banh mi. I picked up some french bread and a container of pickled vegetables (carrots and daikon).

My sister told me how to crisp the bread and amazingly I use this process for heating up a lot of things now. Set your oven to 350 and turn on. Put the bread in the oven and as it preheats it will warm and toast the bread. When the oven reaches 350 the bread is done.

Take out the bread from the oven and slice in half lengthwise and construct. I put mayonaise then put on a layer of leftover barbeque. Top with the pickled carrots and daikon and some parsley if you want. Slice in half diagonally and enjoy!

Octopus is Not Just for Poke

Posted by CLYDE on Friday, July 20, 2012 6:58 AM


Squash Blossoms Make a Good Pupu

Posted by CLYDE on Friday, July 06, 2012 7:01 AM

We frequent the Kam Super Swap Meet especially on Saturday. It's crowded to the max with all sorts of people selling their goods. Their produce sellers are the best! You can't find cheaper produce than at this swap meet.

Recently we stumbled upon something we haven't seen at all. Bags of squash blossoms selling for $1. It's hard to beat that price. We asked the lady what they did with these and she explained that they make "diningding". A Filipino dish that sounded good as she described how to make it.

We opted to fry these blossoms and eat it with a dipping sauce. Searching online we stumbled upon a Crunch Squash Blossoms Recipe from ThaiTable.com.

Cut most of the stems off.
Lightly flour.
Fry to crispy goodness.
Serve with a dipping sauce. The sauce we opted for was a mixture of fish sauce, lime juice, scallions and salt.
Next time you see these squash blossoms, give them a try before the season is over. Maybe next time I'll try making diningding out of them.

The Hira's Pan-Seared/Roasted Duck

Posted by CLYDE on Friday, June 29, 2012 12:18 AM

Did you ever order your meats online? Some friends of ours ordered duck breast from Omaha Steaks. It's pretty good!

We received the duck breasts sealed and frozen. We were told that they were shipped "Express" and they arrived still frozen. Instead of using the orange sauce that came with the duck we opted for a more Chinese flavor.

2 pieces Omaha Steaks brand duck breasts
1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Score a diamond-pattern onto skin of duck, but do not cut through the meat.

Combine the Chinese five-spice, salt, and sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle the spice mixture all over the duck and gently press into duck.

Heat a pan on high. Put duck skin-side down into pan (no oil necessary), then lower heat to medium. Brown for about 5 minutes. Flip over, and cook another 2 minutes.

Place onto foil-lined baking pan, skin side up, and cook about 15 minutes for well done. Let duck rest, then slice and serve.

Serves: 2

We added char siu we bought at Nam Fong's in Chinatown to the dish. Tasted ono!

Grand Cafe to close for now in search of a new location

Posted by CLYDE on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 1:57 AM

Erika Engle's story in Star Advertiser's June 20, 2012 regarding Grand Cafe's closing on Tuesday surely prompts many to visit one more time until the next time.

Turkey Salad
Clam Chowder
Eggplant Croissant
Ribs Special
Salmon Special
Butter Poundcake
Open again soon, Grand Cafe!

Think Of It As A $2.50 Lunch

Posted by CLYDE on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 4:02 PM

Hata Restaurant is a popular place to eat Japanese food. Lots of people go there before University of Hawaii games at Stan Sheriff Arena on the school’s campus. We go there because they serve simple Japanese food that taste great.

I usually face the street when eating there but situations caused me to face the kitchen this last time. “Pork chops?” That’s what one of their items was pasted on the bulletin board along with “Kinki”, which is Thornyhead Fish, and Alaskan Flounder (halibut?).

I decided on the pork chops but should I control my eating by ordering just one ($10.50) or get the two for $13 and save the leftovers for lunch? What the heck, go for it!

The pork chops were huge! These chops were hand-sized, almost three quarters of an inch thick. They were fried to perfection with a nice crust. I just had to put some rice under them to soak up the juicy goodness.

It was worth the $2.50 more for the second pork chop. Think of it as a $2.50 lunch.

Korean Food in Waipahu for a Song

Posted by CLYDE on Friday, July 08, 2011 4:09 PM

If you like Korean food then there are many places you can go in town. Going west, once you pass Kalihi your choices are few. Sure you can find Korean food at the food courts in the malls but nothing beats a Korean restaurant where you can sit down and enjoy the wide assortments of banchan (small plates) that they offer.

One day while cruising Waipahu I see this roadside sign. Forget what it exactly said but it referred to Korean BBQ behind Times Supermarket. Not too much people venture off of Farrington Highway in that area except for residents.

What used to be Koto Restaurant and Okazuya has been replaced by Song's Korean BBQ Restaurant. Been there since December 1, 2010 and seven months later I see it? Had to go and eat there.

Went there for lunch. It wasn't that crowded. The menu looked familiar and had some stuff you won't find at the Korean counters at the food court.
The banchan is good! The kimchee and onion pancake "NCS" (No Can Stop) eating. It's good that they refill your banchan too.
We had the lunch plate and the spicy chicken. If it were hotter I'd swear it was like Chicken Alice's.
I will definitely make it back there when I'm in Waipahu. It may even be worth the drive if you're only going to Pearl City.